There is so much to think about when someone has died. There are formalities to complete, people need to be told, and a funeral to organise. Find out here some of the first things that need to happen, and discover practical things you can do to make a start.
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.
Wherever the funeral is taking place, a Church of England minister can lead it. Whether you already know the vicar or whether you would like to make contact with a person where your loved one lived, this page will help you find out how.
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.
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.
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.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about Church of England funerals. Or ask your own question if it hasn’t already been answered.