Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
We are sorry that you have to make an enquiry about a funeral arrangement but we hope we can support you in whatever way possible. 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.
In normal times, funeral services can take place in the church followed by a burial or cremation or they can take place at the crematorium.
If someone you know and love has recently died, or dies in the next few days, of whatever cause, we hope to be able to offer you a small funeral held at the graveside or a crematorium led by a Church of England minister. Follow this link to find out more.
The first step is for you to contact the funeral director who will notify the Vicar of your needs. No two Christian funerals are alike, and at 5folds we want to work with you to help you remember your loved one in an appropriate and personal way. This will typically involve a meeting with the Vicar who will lead the funeral service to make arrangements.
Holding important conversations
This might be a moment when you begin to think about funerals and about death. It could be a time to think about what you would want at a funeral, so do take time to talk about these issues with your own family and friends. There are ways to do this which you can find here.
And, if appropriate, make a note of your thoughts and ideas – even if there is no funeral service at the moment, you will be able to use these ideas to shape a special service in the future to give thanks for your special person.
A prayer for when you can’t go to a funeral
Thank you for xxxx, for all that they meant to me and others.
I so wanted to say goodbye, to be alongside my friends and family.
Help me to know you are there,
Holding all my hopes,
Holding all those I Love, especially xxxx,
And holding me this day.
Be close this day with your peace and hope.
Life is so strange just now – I don’t know what to do.
Comfort me with your presence,
Be with all who grieve
And give us strength and courage to face this and all the days ahead.
Impact on bereavement
Not being present when someone dies, and not being able to be at a funeral can have a big impact on grief and bereavement. Grief is a long and painful journey, and you may need additional support. There are lots of good websites and some information here.