We know how difficult it is when a loved one dies and we want to help in whatever way we can. If you would like a funeral service at St Mary’s or would like a member of our Ministry Team to lead a service for you at the Crematorium please inform your Funeral Director or contact us directly. We will do all we can to accommodate your request. We work closely with our local Funeral Directors and those from further afield.

Our aim is that funeral services at St Mary’s should be dignified, warm and personal with the right balance of celebration and solemnity. We try to be flexible in our approach and to listen carefully to your wishes and to those your loved one may have expressed.

When the date and time of the funeral has been arranged the Vicar or a member of the Ministry Team will contact you to arrange a visit. At the visit you will be guided through what to expect at the funeral and asked about what you would like to be included. The Minister can advise you on suitable readings and music. If you have decided to have a printed Order of Service the Minister can liaise with the Funeral Directors on your behalf.

We recognise that the weeks and months after the funeral can be difficult and that our experiences of grief vary enormously.  Our ministry and pastoral teams are available, if you wish, to support you in your loss. Or you may find it helpful to join one of our ‘Living with Loss’ groups – you would be very welcome.

For more information

on funerals and bereavement