Funerals are both a time of thanksgiving for the life of a loved one and an occasion to commit them to God's care. The services themselves give the opportunity for family and friends to come together to give thanks for the life of their relative or friend, to express grief, and to commend the person into God's keeping.
Regarding the actual thanksgiving and funeral services themselves some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago. If you are uncertain, someone from our clergy team who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers and advise on anything else you would like included. There are also facilities at St Paul’s to play a loved one’s favourite music and to show family photos on a large screen as well as to provide refreshments after the service is over.
At St Paul's we not only have experienced clergy to help you but a dedicated pastoral team trained to support individuals and families through times of bereavement who are also available.
Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide.
Please contact the Church Office or speak to one of our staff team to find out how we can help you.