A Funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief together, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.
A Funeral service may be very short and quiet with just a few members of the family present or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church. It may be held in Church or at a Crematorium or at both. Every person has the right to a Funeral in their Parish Church and you can also hold a funeral in Church if you have a connection to St Andrew's.
For help and guidance in planning a loved one's funeral, please contact Lucy, our vicar on 01234 354234. or email using the link below being sure to leave a contact telephone number.
After the Funeral
People who have lost someone close to them are often so busy with practical details and arrangements leading up to the Funeral that they do not experience the full sense of their loss until later. Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with healing this loss and it may continue for several months. If asked, members of the church will always try to help you.
Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
On the last Sunday evening in October each year, a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving is held at St Andrew's at which all those whose Funerals have been conducted in Church or at the Crematorium in the previous twelve months are remembered by name. Loved ones from past years may be remembered; details of how to add names will be on our What's On page.