We offer our condolences to you if you have recently lost a loved one. This will be a very sad and difficult time. Funerals are a very important way of marking the close of a human life on earth. They are an opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to gather up the threads of the life of the deceased, to give thanks for them and to commend them to God's keeping.
When someone close to you has just died, arranging a funeral may not feel the easiest thing to do. We are here to help. Whatever pattern of service you want, whether in church, crematorium or burial, we can help you. There is also the option of interring loose ashes at both of our church gardens. The words and actions of the service all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to him of every human being. As Christians, we believe that death marks not the end of life, but a new beginning as we move from earthly life to a greater life with God.
If you would like a service in church then the first people to speak to are the clergy. If you do not belong to a particular church, after registering the death, the funeral director of your choice can tell you which parish you belong to and put you in touch with the vicar. If yours is the parish of St Luke's and Christ Church then please contact the Parish Office to arrange a time to meet the clergy. If you want the clergy to lead the service please do not book a date at the crematorium or cemetery until you have agreed a date and time with the clergy, otherwise they may not be available.
We are also happy to conduct memorial services. Memorial services are normally held on weekdays. It is not possible to have a memorial service on a Sunday, and Saturdays are often booked with weddings.
In November, we will invite you to our All Souls Service where the names of those who have died will be read out. In the context of a beautifully sung choral Evensong (at St Luke's) or requiem mass (at Christ Church), it is another chance for you to reflect on your loved ones.
For more information about bookings, and to speak to the clergy, please contact the Parish Office.
Funeral pack - with readings, hymns and anthem suggestions, and details of florists and printers
Sample Order of Service for a Funeral
Sample Order of Service for a Memorial Service