We are sorry that you have just experienced the loss of someone close to you. We offer you our condolences.
Whether expected or not, death may come as a shock and this can be a difficult time. It is not unusual for emotions to surface and there may be lots of questions to grapple with. The first few days after a death are often filled with many practical things that have to be done, working alongside the Funeral Directors, we are here to help you as much as we can.
Lord give me strength for this day;
to weep when I should weep,
to accept the comfort of memories,
to face the future with courage,
to meet the people who love me
and want to comfort and help me.
Oh God, help me to know your
love and peace.
Arranging the Funeral
A member of our Ministry Team will spend time with you, talking about how you would like to remember the person who has died and will help make the funeral service a personal tribute to them. They will help you to choose appropriate readings from the Bible, suitable hymns, prayers and music.
The funeral service is an important time as it enables you to remember, to give thanks and to commit the person who has died to God. It can be a time of order and beauty in what may seem a disordered life at the moment. You may find the Church of England Funeral website helpful in thinking through all that you wish to include in the funeral service.
Whoever comes to see you will cover all the main details but there may be things which you think of after they have gone. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything which you are concerned about between their visit and the funeral.
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After the Funeral
The hardest time of all can be after the funeral when the reality of having to reshape life begins to dawn. This can be when feelings surface more strongly. Grieving is hard work and you may feel very tired. The support of good friends and family may well be helpful for some time.
It is customary for a member of our Bereavement Care Team to be in touch with you a few weeks after the funeral to say how you are to offer to visit, if you would find it helpful. SOLO is our group for all who have lost a loved one and we meet for tea, cake and sharing throughout the year.
Sometimes people find it comforting to come to church after a funeral and you would be most welcome at any of our services. The church is generally open during the day for private prayer and reflection.
In October you will receive an invitation to our Memorial Service which provides space to remember and give thanks for those who have died.