What is a funeral?

A funeral service marks the end of a person’s life on earth. We come together to express grief, give thanks for the life someone has lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. We do this through either a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a church, a chapel, a cemetery or even at someone’s home.

Why have a funeral service?

The Christian faith is founded upon Jesus of Nazareth, whom God raised from the dead. For Christians, a funeral is a time of hope, as well as a time of grief because although we die, we have the hope of his resurrection which tells us we will rise again, in a new form, with Jesus.

The Anglican funeral service commences with people gathering in the presence of God and we celebrate the life of the person who has died and the impact they have had on our lives. The death and resurrection of Christ is proclaimed, thanks are given for the life which has now ended, prayer is made for those who grieve and the person is committed to God’s care.

Things you should know

The service will focus from earth to heaven as the service moves from greeting the mourners, to remembering the one who has died. Throughout the service, we ask for God’s comfort and the opportunity to committ your loved one into God’s care.

As mentioned, funerals may be conducted in a various places to allow greater flexibility so that the person who has died can be remembered with dignity and love. Depending on what you would like however, certain arrangements might take more time to plan.

Everyone is entitled to a burial service or to have their ashes buried by their local priest regardless of whether they attended church or not.

More information on Funerals

Organising a funeral can be challenging at what is a particularly emotional and difficult time, as your local church we are happy to assist you make any necessary arrangements.