To have to say goodbye to a loved person, to grieve and face death and dying, is one of the hardest things any of us will have to do.
If you are living in our parish (area) or have a family connection to the parish, you are welcome to use the church, and services of the minister, for a funeral or a memorial service / celebration of life.
Often, it is not until after the loved one has died that the family begin to wonder what to do. Many people begin by contacting the Funeral Director who will liaise with the minister regarding when they are available, and checking that the church (or crematorium) is free. The funeral director will pass on all your contact information, and the minister will phone to arrange a convenient time to talk about the service – a chat about what you want, can be a great help.
At the meeting you will be asked about important events in the family history; such as when your loved one was born; which schools they attended, first jobs, their relationships and so on. It is listening to you talk about your loved one that helps the minister to picture them, tell their story and then choose appropriate music, readings, poems and prayers. Also, if you have not already done so, to help you choose the hymns or other music that you want.
A leaflet is included below and in it you will find out how to plan a funeral. It also includes the answers to some questions you may be asking yourself.
How does one plan a funeral?
What does it cost to use the church?
How do I get in touch and find out more?
Who can ask for the minister’s help?
When should you call the minister?
Do I need to be a member to use the church?
Please contact the minister if you would like support or would like to make arrangements for a funeral or memorial service in St Michael’s Church or anywhere else suitable.
The minister would be delighted to plan the service with you to be a personal, meaningful occasion for you and all attending.
You might like to download and print the following leaflet which contains the above information about funerals.