FUNERALS in the Church of England

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 the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping.

A funeral service can be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present or a fuller occasion with music, hymns and a packed church. Whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel, such an occasion can include hymns, favourite prayers and readings, and an address. Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions will all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.

When a death occurs, the first contact will usually be with a Funeral Director. They will ask you if you would like a representative of the Church to take a service. This could be in a parish church, in a crematorium chapel or at a graveside. Unless you have someone else in mind to conduct the service, they will usually contact the Vicar of the parish in question. He or she will then contact you to arrange to meet in your home to discuss the detail of a service and to draft a printed order of service if that is required. The Church’s fees will be included as a separate item through your arrangement with the Funeral Director.

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