If you are recently bereaved and are now planning the funeral of a loved one, we at All Saints’ are here to help you to remember them, give thanks for their life and commend them to God’s gracious love.
Can I have a Church of England Funeral?
Everybody is eligible for a Church of England funeral, regardless of your faith or the faith of the next of kin. The funeral can be conducted either in a Church or at a Crematorium, by a graveside, or in a chapel.
If you would like pastoral care or prayer please do get in touch.
Why have a Church of England Funeral?
A Church funeral is grounded in the Christian hope of the resurrection. Within the service, as well as remembering the person who died, we give thanks for them, we pray for those who are grieving, and we commend the dead to the gracious mercy of God. The expression of faith in the service can be a reassurance at a time of grief and help with the process of acknowledging our own feelings of loss.
If you would like to have your funeral at All Saints’ or to have Fr Robin take the funeral elsewhere, do let the Funeral Director know.
Planning my Funeral
Grieving the death of a loved one – family or friend – can be difficult and the organising of the funeral brings with it certain challenges. Families and friends often wonder what to include or how to honour a dead friend or relative. Having a record of what you want at your funeral can be a real help when they come to plan the service. It can be easier to think through what you would want when death isn’t something imminent.
All Souls Requiem
Each year, on the Monday after All Saints’ day, we hold a Requiem Mass (Commemoration of the Departed) for the feast of All Souls’ where we commemorate those who have died. We include the names of all those who we at All Saints have been involved in the funeral of in the last few years and anybody is welcome to add names of those close to them who have died.
We will also have a commemoration service for all those who have died during the Covid-19 pandemic. Date and time to be determined at a later time.
It may not be possible to have the kind of celebration of somebody’s life at the time of death. It is, however, possible to have a memorial service later on. A memorial service could include readings, prayers, hymns and eulogy as family and friends who weren’t able to attend the funeral gather to remember them. If you would like to think about having a memorial service for your loved one then please don’t hesitate to contact us.