Living with Loss
When a loved one has died, support from your parish church is there for you if you wish it. We believe that a Christian Funeral can bring you support, comfort and hope. Whether you go to church or not, we are here for you.
Our clergy are available to take a funeral service - in church or at the crematorium.
Arranging a Funeral at St. Peter’s Church is done in conjunction with your chosen Funeral Director.
We regard the taking of funerals for families in our parish, whether they are church goers or not, as an important part of our ministry. Some families choose to have a service in church, followed by burial or cremation, others prefer to have the whole service at the crematorium.
Whatever a family decides, we are here to assist you in whatever way we can
- in helping to prepare the funeral service,
- through spending time with you
- offering ongoing support where that is needed.
One of the clergy would arrange to visit a family a few days before the funeral, when they would discuss the details of the service with you.
There may be particular readings or pieces of music that a family would like including in the service. There may be a family member or friend who would like to make a tribute as part of the service. Often the minister is asked to speak on behalf of family and friends. We hope that the words and actions in the funeral service will honour the one who has died, bring comfort to those who are grieving and speak of a loving God to whom every human life is precious and unique.
Following a cremation, some families choose to bury the ashes in a Churchyard, in an area set aside for this purpose. Please ask if you would like some help with sorting this out.
We hold a memorial service once a year when we remember by name those who have died in the last 12 months.
Please do be assured of our prayers for you at this time and in the months to come.