Although there is sadness when someone dies, a funeral service brings a message of hope in life after death. Christians believe that each and every person is uniquely made in the image of God. A funeral is a good place to give thanks for all that was special about the person you knew and loved.

A funeral marks the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. This can be in church, in a local crematorium or cemetery, or in a green burial ground. It can be a small quiet occasion or a time for 100+ people to come together.

You don’t have to have been a church member to have a Church of England funeral and you don’t have to hold the funeral in church. Everyone is entitled to have a funeral service taken by a minister from their local parish church, regardless of whether they attended church or not. Your funeral director can make arrangements for you.

In order to arrange a funeral at Holy Trinity Church we need to establish some qualifying connection. If you would like to discuss with someone your particular needs, please contact Fran Lee our funerals administrator. If you need to speak to someone urgently, phone 07729027969.

God sees all our needs and we are happy to offer visits and opportunities to receive prayer for healing and wholeness. If you wish to arrange a visit at any stage including at the time of death, please contact our Angela Awdry, the coordinator of our pastoral care team.

For much fuller information about funerals and other arrangements that have to take place when someone dies, go to the Church of England website.