Can we have non-religious readings and music too?

The minister will want to ensure the funeral is unique and personal – a fitting tribute to the unique life of your loved one. Read on for how this can be done in a Church of England funeral.

Gentleman doing a reading in church with a display of white flowers behind him

Talk to the Church of England minister who will be taking the service about what you would like included.

As a Christian service, the minister will want to include the Lord’s Prayer and a Bible reading, and possibly a hymn as well. There will also be other prayers which he or she will include.

However, you can always ask for other favourite readings to be read that don’t come from the Bible, and to listen to particular favourite pieces of music.

Further information

  • Does a ‘church’ funeral have to be in a church?

    Church of England ministers can conduct funerals in four different venues. Read more about them on this page.

  • Flexibility

    Each person is unique – in personality and in life experience. A Church of England funeral allows you to give thanks for the unique person you knew and loved in a way that gives comfort and hope. Read on to find out how the funeral you are organising or going to will be special.