Coping with bereavement is understandably difficult. We want to support you in and through this difficult time and we do this in a number of ways which are detailed fully in our funeral brochure which can be downloaded here.
If you would like to arrange a Christian funeral service, the first step is usually to establish contact with your selected Funeral Director. They will then begin to make necessary arrangements on your behalf, including booking a service at church and / or the crematorium. They can advise you on every aspect of the practicalities of the funeral.
They will also get in touch with the Funeral Ministry team at Christ Church on your behalf. We will be provided with information about the deceased, details of the next of kin, and when and where the funeral service is due to take place.
The next step would typically involve you being contacted by the minister appointed to conduct the service. They will arrange to visit you at home, or speak to you by telephone if you live some distance away. They will support you by providing a listening and compassionate ear, and will explain the service giving you plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
About a month after the funeral service a member of our ‘Befrienders’ team will get in touch to see how you are and will be glad to stay in touch if you would like that.
Vera Jackson leads the Befrienders team and organises a lunch for bereaved people every first Thursday of the month at 12.30pm. This is an informal get-together which people have found helpful. Some come just once or twice ; others have found it a lifeline for longer. Contact Parish Office to find out more.