Funerals and Internment of Ashes 

When someone dies, there's so much to think about and so much to organise. We understand how difficult this can be, but we can help you say your final goodbye in a way that really helps. If someone you know and love has died, a funeral led by a Church of England Minister can be held in church, in a churchyard, by a graveside, or at a crematorium. The Minister will be there to support you every step of the way.

What happens at a Church of England funeral service?

A Church of England funeral service can be made as personal and unique as you wish. Christians often celebrate the life of the deceased but also take into account the circumstances of the death.

The Church of England funeral service can take place almost anywhere, including a church, cemetery or crematorium. A Church of England funeral service usually follows a general structure, with the order of service including readings, a sermon, prayers and hymns.

In addition, the service may include a eulogy written and delivered by a family member or close friend. Special requests such as the deceased’s favourite music and funeral flowers are customary at Christian funerals.

Christian funeral songs and readings

Traditionally, Christians sing a selection of hymns during the funeral service. Usually chosen by family, the hymns are sung at intervals between readings, and are often accompanied by a church organ or similar instrument.

Some favoured hymns for Christian funerals include Amazing Grace, The Lord is my Shepherd and Abide with me. If you need some inspiration for Christian songs to sing at a funeral, your place of worship will also be able to suggest some suitable hymns to you.

 Some favoured readings for Christian funerals include John 14.1-6, Revelations 21.1-7 or Psalm 23.

If you would like more support on what you need to plan for a Funeral Service click here

Application for a Funeral click here

Internment of Ashes Request form click here