A Church of England funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed. You can choose a funeral at a church or at a crematorium. Your loved one does not need to be baptised, a church community member or a Christian. We offer a funeral to anyone.
The service may include the celebration of your loved one's life, but it is more than that. At the heart of the service, we recognise that young or old, popular or unpopular, your loved one was made by God and that he loves them. At the close of the service, in the prayer of commendation, we entrust that special person into God's safekeeping.
The traditional words of the Church of England funeral service have been used for generations, are well recognised and can bring comfort to family members. The vicar can help you decide on ways to personalise the service through readings from the Bible, other readings, poems and music choices.
The fees for a Church of England service are fixed (usually you won't need to worry about it separately as it will be included in the funeral director's total bill.) There may be extra charges for the organist, for a verger or heating.
There is no fee for the funeral of a child or young person under the age of 16 or for the burial of a stillborn infant.
You can find more information about organising a funeral, choices of service and what you can include on the Church of England funerals website.