With you every step of the way.
We’ll always be here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.
A Service for Everyone
From the moment you are in touch with us, throughout the funeral service and for as long as you need us afterwards, we’re here for you. Anyone can have a Church of England funeral, whether churchgoers or not.
When someone dies, we understand how difficult this can be. There’s so much to think about, but we can help you say your final goodbye in a way that really helps.
- We will celebrate and give thanks to God for the unique life of the person you knew and loved
- We can support you, your family and friends before, during and after the funeral with friendship and prayer, understanding your sadness and loss
- And in this difficult time, our experienced, trained ministers can share a message of hope and comfort
We’ll be where you need us to be
A Church of England funeral can take place in any one of these locations:
- At the crematorium
- At an outdoor woodland or green burial site
- In a church
- In a cemetery
Someone from the church will visit you to hear about the person you knew, and will go through all the details of the funeral service itself to make sure it is personal.
Wherever you choose to have the funeral, you can add a personal touch to reflect the unique life of the person you knew:
When the coffin arrives and is carried into the venue or onto the burial site, your choice of music may be played.
Remembering a unique life
When everyone is gathered, a hymn may be sung. There is time to listen to the story of the person you knew and loved. You, another friend or relative, or the church minister can do this. It may include readings which reflect the character and interests of your loved one.
A message of hope
The minister will speak about God’s promises – of the hope that death is not the end. You can choose the Bible reading for this part of the service if you want to.
Reflecting and Remembering
In a time of reflection, music can be played, or silence may be kept. Prayers will be said at this point too.
There may be other ways you’d like to make the service unique. Photo’s, flowers, or items that had special meaning can be included.
It will then be time for the farewell. The minister will pray, asking God to keep your loved one in his care, using words that have been used for centuries.
This may be a very emotional moment. It may be possible to have some special music played at this point. The minister will say a blessing and music may be played as the mourners leave the venue.
If you would like to know more about how St Margaret’s can support you at this time of need, please contact the church office and we would be more than happy to come and meet with you. For more information about Church of England funerals please visit this website which has been set up to provide you with all the up-to-date information.