Funerals

The Cross is a reminder of Jesus Christ's death: a picture of grief even in heaven. A large candle is also used as a symbol in the funeral service - this is a reminder that Christ's light continues to shine bright beyond the grave. A pointer to the hope of Christian faith.
The Cross is a reminder of Jesus Christ’s death: a picture of grief even in heaven. A large candle is also used as a symbol in the funeral service – this is a reminder that Christ’s light continues to shine bright beyond the grave. A pointer to the hope of Christian faith.

At a time of loss

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God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death.

In the funeral service we give time to celebrate the good things we’ve been able to share with someone who has died; to pray for ourselves and the people around us who must live with loss; and we hold our own hopes and fears for the future before God.

Making Arrangements

If you need to make arrangements for a funeral it is most helpful to speak to a funeral director at the earliest possible stage. If you want to talk to a member of the clergy they will normally make arrangements, even at very short notice, to see you quickly. The funeral director will arrange all the times and dates of services with the church on your behalf. The clergy will want to talk to you face to face before the funeral.

Whether you choose to come into church for a funeral service or go directly to a cemetry or crematorium chapel it will normally be a local minister who will take the service unless you specifically request otherwise. When the service is to be taken by a Church of England minister for somebody who has lived in Kirkby this will be one of the staff members from the Kirkby Team Ministry.

Services in a chapel or in church are very similar in shape. There is normally more scope for flexibility, music and contributions by friends at a service in the church.

Burial or Cremation

This choice is a very personal one. We know of no reason why you should be persuaded one way or the other except for your own preferences. However, in our experience, it is important to have a place where you know a loved one’s remains have been returned to the ground. If you choose cremation you may also want to plan for a burial of ashes.

St Chad’s Churchyard is now closed. It is not possible for us to open new plots here but we can re-open existing plots.

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