A funeral marks the end of a human life on earth. It is an opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now been completed, and to commend the person who has died into God’s keeping.
The funeral service of the Church of England can vary greatly, from a very short and quiet time, with only a few members of the family present, to an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns, and a church full of people.
Whether the funeral service takes place in a parish church, or a crematorium chapel, it can be tailored to suit whatever the family feels they need in order to celebrate the life of their loved one and to help them to say goodbye. This may include hymns, favourite pieces of music, prayers, readings and an address.
Whatever pattern of service is chosen, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.
The links on the left might help you in thinking about grief, and in arranging the funeral. For further information about funerals, please contact the Vicar, the Rev. David Izzard on 0117 968 1912 or the church office on 0117 968 6965.