People often turn to the Church when a loved one dies. The clergy take funeral services in the parish church or in a local crematorium chapel. They also conduct burials both in churchyards and in council-run cemeteries. A funeral service conducted by the clergy is of course a Christian act of worship but we also want to shape a service that is personal to the family and that is both sensitive and real in terms of the person who has died. There will be prayers and a Bible reading, and we are essentially thanking God for the person’s life, celebrating all that was good in them, but also acknowledging the universal human need for forgiveness and mercy and ultimately, healing. We entrust our loved one, and ourselves as mourners, to God.

The first step is always to get in touch with a funeral director who will carefully guide you through the initial stages of the process. Funerals take place in churches where the person who died had some kind of natural connection with the parish.