Special services

There are particular times when it helps to remember the person who has died. The Church of England has special services when we think about all those whom we love but see no longer. This page has more information about these services.

There will always be anniversaries and special times when you miss the person who has died in a particular way. Some churches offer special services at Christmas for those who are feeling sad, so check out your local church for details. Sometimes there are special services, often in cathedrals or larger churches, to remember those who have died in particular circumstances, such as stillbirth or road accident death. National Support groups will have more information.

But every year, near to November 2nd, many churches hold special services, when anyone who wants to remember someone they love who has died can come to light a candle and say special prayers. This is often known as ‘All Souls’. Check your local church for details – there may be a service in the day time or in the evening. It doesn’t matter whether the funeral took place in this church or even whether you have been there before. This service is for everyone, and many people find it very helpful.

Further information

  • After a funeral

    Immediately after a funeral you’ll be with your family and friends. But as the days and weeks go by, the church will also be there for you. Your church can support you in lots of ways, even if the funeral did not take place where you live. Explore the links for ways we can help.

  • What am I allowed to do with my loved ones ashes?

    Ashes are buried after a crematorium funeral. This page explains how your church can support you with this and offers links for more about what happens after a funeral.