An Introduction to a Christian Funeral Service 

It is at the heart of the Christian conviction and message that God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death. Such faith is hard but ultimately offers comfort and hope. Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. To acknowledge this at the beginning of the service should help us to use this occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality.

An Outline Order of Service

The Church of England funeral service is as follows although you may wish to have a different number of hymns and readings, a time for music or reflection.

A specimen Order of Service can be found here.


Choosing Hymns

Some appropriate Funeral hymns are listed below:


St Mary's churchyard is closed for full burials, and the most common place for this to take place is at the cemetery on Riley Lane.

It is possible, however, for those who lived within the parish to have their cremated remains interred in the Churchyard. Please bear in mind, however, that the Cremated Remains Area is subject to strict rules regarding what memorials may or may not be appropriate. It can cause unnecessary distress if plans are made for burial without these in mind.