Arranging a funeral
If someone you know and love has died, a funeral led by a Church of England minister can be held in a church, in a churchyard, by a graveside, or at a crematorium.
The minister will be there to support you every step of the way.
Neither you nor the person who died is required to have been a churchgoer to have the funeral led by a Church of England minister – it is a service that is available to all.
These pages on the Church of England website may be a helpful place to start:
- First steps in arranging a funeral
- How to find a local minister to take the funeral
- A step by step guide to what happens in a church-led funeral service
Coping with bereavement
Whether your loss was recent or a while ago, you may find bereavement support helpful if you don’t feel you are coping, or if you simply need someone to talk to.
Your local church will always be there for you with friendship and support. Ministers and other trained contacts in the church can listen, pray and talk with you. Some churches also have groups set up for bereaved people to enable them to meet, talk and support each other.
Churches can also provide details about professional bereavement support services that are available nearby, but you might also like to visit the ‘At a Loss’ website, which will signpost you to all sorts of bereavement support, including organisations where you can find immediate help.