A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. 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.

The loss of a loved one is a distressing time for family and friends. Feelings of loss or grief are not the only things to be dealt with, there are also very often many practical matters to be sorted out, including arranging a funeral. Many people find it important to have a religious funeral service, during which those who have passed away are blessed and commended to almighty God's safe keeping, and a time for giving thanks for their life and everything they meant to those whose lives they touched.

Whether you would like the funeral at St Mary Magdalene’s, or if you would like the Vicar to take a service at a crematorium, then do let your funeral directors know.

If you would like more information, please contact the Vicar.

it is also an occasion for commending someone to God's safe keeping,
Following the death of my beloved Husband Ray after being together for 65 years I was, needless to say, heartbroken but I received massive support and love from our Vicar Gordon along with everyone else at St. Mary's with the arrangements for the funeral plus coping with my loss. A few weeks later Ray's ashes were interred in St. Mary's Memorial Garden following a very short, simple but lovely service in church and yet again the support was given and greatly appreciated. This love and support has continued for the last 3 years and has helped me to carry on enjoying life both socially and spiritually, so I consider myself very fortunate to have been a regular worshipper at St. Mary's for the past 51 years sharing with so many friends in the love of Jesus.
Rita Barker

Further information

For further information please see the Church of England Funeral pages where you will find articles on many subjects related to the death of a loved one, funerals and beyond.