Bereavement & Loss

The Funeral Service

We would like to offer our condolences to you following your recent bereavement.

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping; the Christian hope is in the promise of eternal life through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Our clergy are available to assist and support you during this time, be it answering questions, providing a listening ear or helping to plan the funeral service. Our clergy will arrange to visit you at home and talk through the service with you, offering any advice as required.

Funeral services are conducted in St John’s and at the crematorium and these are arranged in consultation with the clergy and funeral directors. St John’s is a closed churchyard which means that burials no longer take place here, but we have a small memorial garden for the burial of ashes.

Please visit the Church of England's Funerals website for more information and practical advice.

At this time of sorrow the Lord is in our midst and consoles us.

A Prayer

Lord, be with us as we open the door.
Come in with us, go out with us.
Do not sleep when we sleep,
but watch over us, protect us and keep us safe,
our only helper and maker. Amen

As a church, we pray for those who are recently bereaved.

Contact our Parish Office staff on 01733 576541.

I am the resurrection and the life.
Those who believe in me, even though they die will live
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
John 11 : 25 – 26

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