A CHURCH FUNERAL
A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church. Everyone is entitled to a church funeral regardless of whether they attended church or not.
If you are arranging a funeral in the first instance you should contact a local funeral director who will then guide you in the subsequent arrangements you need to make.
In many cases, arranging a funeral keeps people so busy that they don’t feel their loss fully until afterwards.
Grieving is natural and important, and it may take a long time. Many people find that others who have lost a loved one can offer valuable comfort and support. You may find the funeral services prayers and readings a comfort.
St Martin’s holds twice yearly memorial services to remember those who have passed away and you may find it helpful to attend.
The church is also open one day in the week prior to Christmas to allow time to sit and remember loved ones. more here