A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. It is a time for family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. It can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion.
Christians believe that, when we die, God promises that we will be with him in a wonderful place where death and pain are gone forever. It is a message of hope in life after death.
Everyone is entitled to either a burial service or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not.
The Funerals website by the Church of England offers clear and comprehensive guidance to help you at what can be a very difficult time. We will be with you every step of the way.
Please speak to your local vicar for more information and support. If you don't know your local vicar, please use the Find a Church facility.