A person is entitled to have a funeral in the church of the parish in which they have lived whether or not they were a churchgoer. If you are seeking to arrange a funeral for a loved one, it is usually best to speak first to the funeral director who will at your request contact a member of the clergy. Once a date has been agreed for the funeral the priest who is taking the service for you will spend time with you planning the service, and will offer you their support afterwards.
Funerals may take place in church, at the crematorium or at a graveside. The clergy want to ensure that your choices and those of your loved one are respected and would be happy to talk through the service with you, and, as far as is possible, to include your selection of music, poetry and readings. We will be with you at this difficult time and will assist you in planning a service that reflects the life of your loved one.
In the autumn a special Service of Remembrance is held at the Parish Church of St Stephen & St Agnes in Vansittart Road for those who have been bereaved. We remember those who have died as we read out names and light candles. Everyone is welcome to come along.
If you have been bereaved and wish to speak with a member of clergy, do contact us. On the last Thursday of each month at 2pm, Pathways, our Bereavement Group for anyone who has lost a loved one, meets at Holy Trinity Church on Claremont Road.
You may find this website useful www.churchofenglandfunerals.org