Churches are not just there for the happy occasions in life - they are also there to support you when you are facing more difficult times. Losing a loved one is one of those times, and a Christian funeral provides the opportunity to remember the life of your loved one, and also to say 'goodbye'. You will also be offered comfort and support from the church minister both before and after the funeral itself.

funeralOnce you have made arrangements with a funeral director, it is usually about a week until the date of the funeral. During this time, the church minister who will be conducting the funeral will meet with you to discuss the service and to find out about the life of your loved one through your personal reflections and memories.

The funeral service can take place in church, or at a crematorium or burial ground. The exact details will depend on what you choose to do. You are free to be involved with readings, prayers and eulogies in the service or, if you prefer, you can leave it all in the hands of the church minister.

Following the funeral, the Benefice will send you an invitation to come to an annual memorial service held in November on All Souls' Day, which gives you the opportunity to remember your loved one in the stillness and peace of this special church service.

To arrange a funeral in one of the churches in the Benefice of St Bartholomew, simply ask your funeral director to make the necessary arrangements, and they will contact the Benefice, or alternatively contact The Rev'd Kate (click here for her contact details).