“I am convinced that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
nor powers, nor height, nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
(Romans 8.38-39)

Christianity is a faith founded upon Jesus of Nazareth, whom God raised from the dead. Christians believe that all who die in Christ will be raised with him. For Christians, a funeral is therefore a time of hope, as well as a time of grief.

If someone you love dies remember that the church is always available. It doesn’t matter if the person who died didn’t come to church or as people often say ‘wasn’t very religious.’ Those who mourn are welcome to come to church and bring the person they love here.

A funeral is an important landmark on the journey of grief for the family and friends of the person who has died. It is an opportunity to remember and give thanks to God for all the blessings of the person’s life. We pray for and support each other in grief, and lay to rest the person’s mortal body.

Funerals may be conducted in a church building, a home, a cemetery or crematorium, or in any suitable building. They may be small, quiet ceremonies or larger occasions with family and friends. Modern Anglican funeral services allow great flexibility so that the person who has died can be remembered with dignity and love.

Everyone is entitled to a burial service or to have their ashes buried by their local priest regardless of whether they attended church or not.

Father John Milburn can be contacted through the Church Office for more information or if you wish to make arrangements for a funeral.

Please click here to download a draft funeral service.