Going to a funeral is not easy, especially for the first time. Whether you are worried about practical things or want to know what it’s for, this page will help to answer your questions.
Wherever you choose to have a funeral, it will reflect the unique life of the person you knew. Whatever will help to make the funeral special – music, hymns, readings, tributes, even the type of coffin – can be part of a Church of England funeral. We’re with you at every step of the way.
Speaking about someone or even reading some special words isn’t easy at any time, but can be especially difficult for a funeral service. Read on to find some practical tips and ways to help you do the best that you can for the people you care about.
When news comes that someone special to someone you know has died, you want to help in someway. But it can be difficult to know the right thing to do. You may want to send a card, you may plan to go to the funeral, but there may be more that you can do. Find out here how you can support your friend in one of life’s hardest moments.
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.
Lighting a candle can be a helpful way to pray for someone. You can do this in a church, or here online. Lighting an online candle will help you think about someone who has recently died and pray for all those who miss them.
We can pray in many different ways – in silence, in our own words or by lighting a candle. But sometimes we need help to pull our thoughts together. This page has a selection of prayers which you may find helpful, whether you are planning a funeral, going to a funeral, or beginning the journey of grief.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about Church of England funerals. Or ask your own question if it hasn’t already been answered.