How can I ensure the funeral is personal?

There are lots of choices you can make for the funeral that will help reflect the unique life of your loved one. Read on for information and links to help with this.

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The Church of England minister will want the service to tell the story of the person who has died and anything that helps do that will be welcomed.

This might include music and readings, shared memories from family and friends, even balloons or doves at the graveside.

Alongside that story, they will also tell the story of God’s love and the Christian hope that death is not the end.

Follow the links ro the right and below for more about the different choices you can make.

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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.

  • Speeches and readings

    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.

  • Funeral locations

    A Church of England funeral doesn’t have to be in a church – though it can be. The church minister can lead the whole funeral service in a different place, or, a church service can be built into part of the day, wherever the funeral takes place. We can be wherever you need us to be.