A church will always be there to help you through one of life’s most difficult times.
A funeral marks the end of a person’s life here on earth and provides an opportunity for family and friends to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping.
A Church of England-led funeral is available to everyone (regardless of whether they attended church or not), giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.
At the heart of every funeral led by a Church of England minister is the good news of God’s love for every unique human being.
Each service is designed to reflect that love alongside the story of a particular life.
"God our Father, we thank you for the person we knew, the years we shared, the good we saw, and the love we received." - Extract from a prayer used at a Church of England funeral service.
Christians believe that each and every person is uniquely made in the image of God. So a Church of England funeral is a good place to give thanks for all that was special about the person you knew and loved.
The minister will tell the story of God’s love, offering a message of Christian hope and comfort, drawing on timeless words that have helped generations of people.
When the minister visits you, share your thoughts, and be ready to talk about the person you are remembering.
You will be able to work together to create a service that is special, and that will work well on the day.
A Church of England funeral service, wherever it happens, offers a framework of love and hope which holds the personal stories of those whose lives we remember.