Funerals in the Church of England

What Light through Yonder Window

Photograph: What Light through Yonder Window, by Bev Williams. It won a first prize at Worcester Cathedral’s first photographic competition.

A funeral is a formal recognition that a human life on earth has reached its close. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping.
As far back into history as we can penetrate, human beings seem to have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.

The funeral service of the Church of England can be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church. It may take place in a parish church such ours, or a crematorium chapel. It may come from the Prayer Book or Common Worship or with the addition of hymns, favourite prayers and readings, an address. It can very appropriately be set into the context of a Communion Service.

Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.

Everyone has a right to a funeral in the Church of England, taking place in their parish, whether or not they are a churchgoer. Parish clergy see the taking of funerals as an important part of their work and will gladly give their time to talk to those who are facing loss, to be with them in their pain, and to arrange whatever kind of funeral service is most appropriate.

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