The death of a loved one may have been a long time coming, or arrived unexpectedly. Either way the sense of loss and grief can be overwhelming and the thought of having to arrange a funeral can be daunting.

The first thing is to contact a Funeral Director. You may have already had one in mind. If you’re not yet sure which one to use, you can find one near to you on the National Association of Funeral Directors’ website, or on the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) website. The Funeral Director will be full of advice and help. They will ask what type of funeral you would like for your loved one and are able to make most of the arrangements for you.

If you would like the funeral to take place in Church, or you would like the Vicar to take the service at the Crematorium (for example) tell the Funeral Director and they will get in touch with us on your behalf to to sort out the particulars, such as date and time. Someone from the church will visit you to listen to the story of the person you knew. They will also discuss any music, hymns and readings you may like included and will go through all the details of the funeral service itself.

The Church of England website has a host of resources relating to funeral arrangements and is well worth a visit.

If you are viewing this page because of a recent bereavement we are sorry for your loss and we uphold you in our prayers

Psalm 23

1The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

2He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.