A Church of England funeral is available to everyone, whatever their religion and whether a churchgoer or not. We have been helping people mark the end of their life for generations, giving support before, during and after the service, and for as long as is needed thereafter. We at St Paul’s are here to help you through life’s most difficult times.
Arranging a Funeral
Arranging a funeral can be an extremely daunting task, particularly if you have never had to do this before. There’s so much to think about and so much to organise. Your first steps in arranging a funeral should initially be to register the death, followed by organising a meeting with a local funeral director of your choice. The funeral director will talk to you about what kind of funeral you would like, where you would like it to be held and who you might like to lead the service.
If you choose to have a Church of England funeral conducted by one of the ministers here at St Paul’s, either at the church itself, or at a local cemetery, crematorium or natural burial ground, a minister will visit you to learn more about the person who has died. You will have the opportunity to discuss the finer details of the funeral service including your choice of music, hymns, readings and tributes.
The funeral service itself allows you the opportunity to both remember and celebrate the unique life of the person you knew and loved, to hope, reflect, pray and to say goodbye.
After a Funeral
We like to think that immediately after a funeral, you will have the comfort and support of your family and friends. Whether you do or do not, St Paul’s Church will be here for you in the days, weeks and even years that follow.
In addition to our regular church services, to which you are always welcome, we hold an annual Memorial Service in November to remember those we love, but no longer see. It is a service that provides time for reflection, for giving thanks for those we love, and for placing them, as well as ourselves, into the hands of God. The names of those who have died are read out, and there is an opportunity to light a candle, as well as time for quiet prayer and worship.
Some of the content on this page has been informed by the Church of England Funerals website. For more detailed information about Church of England funerals, please visit: churchofenglandfunerals.org.