The House of Bishops has advised that funerals may be carried out in church buildings. We recognise how difficult this time is for anyone who has lost a loved one even though a funeral in church is now possible, you may wish to discuss with your vicar or minister the possibility of a memorial service at a date in the future where more people can be present. The latest advice on this can be found here.
A Church of England funeral is available for anyone. We will provide you with support before, during and after the service.
After the initial news of the death of someone you knew and loved, there are some important things that need to be done. These are two of the more immediate things:
- Register the death. There is some helpful guidance on this on the government’s births, marriages, and deaths advice page.
- Meet a Funeral Director. If you’re not yet sure which one to use, you can find one near to you on the National Association of Funeral Directors’ website, or on the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) website.
The Funeral Director will talk to you about what kind of funeral you would like.
Once you have completed these steps, you may want to talk to your local vicar. They can be contacted here.