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A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for someone at the end of their journey in this world and to commend them into Gods keeping.
The funeral service of the Church of England can be simple and quiet with only a few members of the family present or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church. It may take place in the parish church or a crematorium chapel, and may come from the prayer book or from Common Worship.
Whatever the pattern of the service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to him of every human being, and, in particular, of the person you love who has died.
Everyone has a right to a funeral in the Church of England church in their parish, whether or not they were a churchgoer. As clergy we see the taking of funerals as an important part of our work and will gladly spend time to talk to those facing loss, to be alongside them in their pain, and to help arrange an appropriate funeral service.
Should you wish to contact a member of the ministry team to ask for support during a time of illness or bereavement please in the first instance contact the your Church Warden for the Parish concerned, or contact us using the contact page on this website.
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
St. John 11. 25, 26
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