In the Bible we are told that as Christians we are to “Mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15). It is a privilege to be able to work closely with the local community at significant times in family life. Losing a loved one is a time for the church to bring comfort to those who are bereaved. We “mourn with those who are mourning”. We would like to be able to walk with you at this difficult time, to celebrate a loved one’s life as well as mourn and say goodbye.
A funeral marks the close of a person’s life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping. As far back into history as we can see, people have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.
The funeral service of the Church of England can be very short and quiet, with only a few members of the family present, or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church.
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