The funeral service begins with the priest or other minister reading aloud such reassuring sentences from the scriptures as: ‘I am the resurrection and the life,’ saith the Lord; ‘he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die,’ and: ‘I know that my Redeemer liveth …’
Booking a church funeral service
Everyone has the right to a funeral in their parish church, even if they and their loved one have not been church-goers. Many people choose to have a service at St Nicholas prior to burial or cremation and we warmly encourage this. The funeral director plays a very important part in the arrangements and will want to know if the funeral is to be in the parish church or if the vicar is to take the service in the crematorium. Funeral directors know the local clergy, the local cemeteries and the crematoria, we therefore recommend making the arrangements through your chosen funeral director.
Support for the bereaved
The death of someone close can affect you in several ways – emotionally, physically, socially and in many practical areas of your life. It can present you with one of the greatest challenges you will ever have to face. Support for the bereaved is offered by the clergy and members of the church family who have a special understanding of bereavement.
Where can I find out more?
You’ll find more information about funerals on the Church of England website.