An 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.
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.
Whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel, it can be the plain funeral service from the Prayer Book or Common Worship or with the addition of hymns, favourite prayers and readings, an address. It can very appropriately be set into the context of a Communion Service. Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.
Please use the information below to guide you; getting in touch with a local member of the Clergy will help answer questions you may have; and if you so wish, will guide you towards pastoral care and counselling.
– Pocket words of comfort A collection of prayers and Scripture to bring comfort to the bereaved
– Guides and services from Church House Publishing
– Remembering well Rituals for celebrating life and mourning death