Death and bereavement

Act of RemembranceBereavement is often something which stuns us, leaves us emotionally wrung out and sometimes angry. We try to help in different ways.

If you would like to have a Church of England Funeral Service please ask your funeral director to arrange the time and place with your parish priest. Funerals may be held in the church prior to burial or cremation, or in a crematorium or cemetery chapel. The parish priest will meet you to talk about your loved one and to discuss the service and any particular readings or music that you may like to be used.

You may be experiencing feelings which seem strange and difficult to cope with, and it might help to talk to someone in complete confidence. Please get in touch with Father Matthew and make a time to meet him if you think that might be helpful.

One of the ways we can help is through prayer. We remember the departed in church and at Mass, holding them in God's love, for although they are gone from us they are present and alive to him. Indeed God has prepared for all who love him an eternal dwelling in the city of his peace, where "he will wipe every tear from their eyes" (Revelation 21:4). You are very welcome to come to Mass and ask for prayers, and a Requiem Mass offered for the departed can always be arranged. You may also call into the church at any time when it is open, to pray quietly and light a candle. If you would like your loved one prayed for and remembered by name during our prayers in Church, please phone, write or email anyone under the Clergy and Contacts section of this website.