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Funerals

What is a funeral?

A funeral marks the close of a human life here on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping.

As far back into history as we can penetrate, human beings have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.

The funeral service of the Church of England can vary from a very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church.

Whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel, it can be the simple funeral service or include hymns, favourite prayers and readings. It can also be set into the context of a Communion Service.

Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to Him of every human being.

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Funerals in the Church of England

If you wish to explore the possibility of holding a funeral at St. John’s Church, then please contact  vicar@stjohnshigherwalton.org.uk.