The death of a loved one is a distressing, confusing and lonely time. A funeral service is an opportunity for family and friends to gather in the parish church or crematorium to express their grief, give thanks to God and celebrate a life that has completed its journey through this life, and to commend the soul of the departed into God’s eternal keeping.

Many people choose to have a service in the Parish Church before, or after, a cremation or burial. We can also help you plan a service of thanksgiving at some time after the funeral.

A funeral service conducted by the vicar or lay minister can be very short and quiet with only a few members of a family present, or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns, a eulogy offered by one of the mourners, the inclusion of favourite readings, and a full church.

Although rare nowadays, a funeral service can be conducted entirely at the graveside.

We work with all our local funeral directors to ensure that the
emotional, pastoral and practical needs of bereaved families are met in the lead up to the funeral and during the funeral itself.

After the Funeral

Following the funeral, we are also here to support you if you need us.

Each year on or around All Souls Day (2nd November) we hold a special service in St Mary the Virgin, to remember all departed loved ones to which families are invited. Many find this service a great comfort.

What do I do next?

Your funeral director can arrange things with us or you can contact us directly via the Team Rector, Lindsay Hammond, if you prefer. We will visit you at home to talk things through.