INFORMATION DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC:
Sadly, funerals may now only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way (this is true also for burial of ashes). No wake or gathering should be held following the funeral, and this should be scheduled for a later date.
We recognise how difficult this will be for many and add to the pain of a loss, and encourage you to discuss with the Vicar the possibility of a memorial service at a date in the future where more people can be present.
We attach a document here which might be of comfort:
A simple reflection at home on the day of a funeral you can’t attend
Everyone is entitled to a church funeral if they wish, regardless of whether they attended church or not. Please speak to your funeral director or local vicar for more information.
A Christian funeral acknowledges the closing of a human life on earth and the grief felt by those loved ones left behind, but it also speaks of the hope and faith that there is eternal life to be found through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the funeral service we will commend your loved one recently departed to the eternal love and care of our Heavenly Father.
We will do our best to accommodate any funeral plans you may already have for your loved one, or if you are unsure, then we can help you choose readings and hymns and assist in any way we can. More information can be found here.
If you’d like to light a virtual candle in memory of a loved one, you can do so here.