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Funerals

Funerals

Funerals are important.  They mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, to give thanks for the life lived and to commend the person into God's keeping.  It is also a turning point, when we start to move forward and start anew, without the physical presence of the departed loved one.

The actual service can be a  small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church according to the wishes of those most closely involved.  Our churches within the parish provide venues suitable for all the different types of funeral gatherings.

Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. We are here for everyone to minister through any milestone in life.

Our clergy would be very pleased to meet with you to discuss any funeral arrangements. The usual initial first point of contact, however, is one of the local funeral directors. Alexander Burn, Mason & Stokes and Selim Smith regularly arrange funerals in this parish.

The clergy can also help with the choice of readings, hymns or other music at the service. Please follow these links to find a selection of readings and hymns which have proved popular over the years, as well as some suggestions about music. More information is also available in these pages on the central Church of England website.