Funerals

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

The death of a loved one is one of the hardest things we have to bear as humans. The Church can offer you its love and support through a difficult time. In some cases you may know that a loved one is approaching the time of death if you would like the Vicar or one of our lay workers to visit to pray with them or offer Holy Communion then do contact us. For others terminal illness may mean that they would like to sort their own funeral out or just talk about the situation again simply contact us.

Funeral arrangements are made through the Funeral Director who will contact our Administrator to confirm the arrangements. A meeting with a minister will allow you to talk through the kind of service you would like. It is both a time of sadness and often a celebration of the life of your dear one. 

All parishioners are entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. Under certain circumstances it may also be possible to be buried in a churchyard if you do not live in the parish but have a substantial connection to it. Please contact our Administrator for more information.

All parishes are open churchyards except Eastington Church which has a closed churchyard. Eastington Parish Council has opened a burial ground opposite the Church for burials. A Burial of Ashes can take place in all of our churchyards. A minister can carry out a funeral at Church and/or at a local crematorium.

There is an annual service in memory of loved ones and you will receive an invitation to join us and to have your loved ones name called out.  It is held on the third Sunday of November at St Michael and All Angels' Church, Eastington at 6pm. All are welcome to come and remember those they have loved but see no more.