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 in the Church of England – whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel – may be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present, or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church.  A funeral may also be set within a celebration of Holy Communion.

Within the funeral service, we welcome personal tributes, special poetry, music and other symbolic actions that are particularly meaningful. These we can discuss as we put together the service plan. Whatever the pattern of service, however, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and how precious every human being is to Him.

Click here for some helpful information about funerals in the Church of England.

For more information about arranging a funeral at St John’s click here.

After the funeral

People who have lost someone close to them are often so busy with practical details and arrangements between the death and the funeral that they do not experience the full sense of their loss until later.

Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for several months. St John’s has a team of trained counsellors who can provide support in times of bereavement.  Click here to contact the pastoral care team.

Comfort is also to be found in the promises of Jesus Christ, in the hope of the Resurrection and in the belief that the beloved person is safe in the hands of God. If you would like to know more about Jesus please click here.

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