Your parish church is there for you, whether you are a churchgoer or not. We will be there to listen, to support and to help you through the funeral service and its arrangements whether at the crematorium, in church or a green funeral. We want the best for you and we think that very often a funeral service in church can give you more time and more scope for what you want.
We work closely with all the local Funeral Directors and when you meet with them, please remember to ask for the vicar of St Andrew’s church to take the funeral service.
We all have to die. It’s one of life’s inescapables. But in the Christian understanding God loves us so much that he has ensured that death need not be the end but rather the beginning of the rest of our lives. So for Christians there are three aspects that we try to hold together when someone we love dies:
- sorrow and grief because we are human and the loss of one who is dear to us is one of life’s most painful things.
- Thanksgiving for the life of the one who has died – we are grateful for what that life has been.
- Hope for our future life with our loving God, demonstrated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
St Andrew’s will want to offer you all the support that we can at the times of bereavement. It can be a confusing and pressurised time with so many official things to be done that you hardly have the time to think about things.
There’s lots of helpful information at https://churchofenglandfunerals.org/