A funeral can be a time of sorrow and sadness, the pain in losing a loved member of the family can be great and different people cope with that grief in different ways. If you are visiting this page because someone close to you has recently died we offer you our deepest condolences.
For Christians, while there is still grieving for our loss, a funeral is also a time to give thanks to God for the life of the person who has died and to commit their soul to God. Christians believe that life is about more than our mortal existence in a frail body that will one day perish.
When Jesus died on the cross on that first Good Friday, his family and disciples were both frightened for themselves and grieving for their friend. For them, as for anyone who grieves, it was about more than missing Jesus’, in his death hope had been lost, exciting new opportunities had been cut short and wise counsel was no longer close at hand. The disciples thought that life would never be the same again, and it wouldn’t, but not in the way they anticipated. Three days after Jesus died, people began to see him alive, in the garden were his empty tomb was, walking and talking on the road, eating on the sea-shore and in an upper room. Jesus had died and after the Romans had checked that he was dead, he had been buried, but now his tomb was empty and he was no longer dead. After 50 days of appearing to people, tradition tells us that, Jesus ascended into heaven and left the disciples once more, this time they still had hope for they know knew death wasn’t the end.
Funerals can take place either in All Saints, with a committal by the graveside or at the crematorium following, or just at the crematorium if that is felt more appropriate.
During a funeral we will sing hymns, pray for those who grieve and the departed, here of their life. Each funeral is unique, prose or poetry which was special can be read, as can music at the crematorium.
Please contact the Rector before making any arrangements for a funeral if you wish it at All Saints to ensure that both the Rector and the church is available at the proposed time.
Occasionally the Rector also holds a session on preparing your own funeral. Rather than a morbid thing to do, this can be a precious gift to your family, or whoever will be left to organise your funeral, for they will know exactly what how you wished to say Goodbye. Currently there is no date set for the next ‘How to Say Goodbye’, but please check back for the date will appear here when it is known.
We also have a Garden of Rememberance. A short service for the interment of ashes can take place either after the main service on a Sunday or at another time in consultation with the Rector. To allow the Garden to remain open for new interments we regret that no more trees, shrubs or plaques can be placed within the Garden of Rememberance, however there is a book of Rememberance in the church into which names can be place and trees or shrubs can be purchased in memory of loved ones and be placed in other areas within All Saints grounds.