The death of anyone is always a sadness, but the death of those closest to us is a tragedy. We will always do whatever we can to help anyone who has been bereaved to mark the death of their loved one in a fitting way.
A funeral can be organised in various ways and set out below are just some of the possibilities that you might like to consider, if it falls to you to organise the funeral for someone close to you.
A Service of Reception.
The coffin containing the body of your loved one can be brought into church to rest there overnight or for some hours before the funeral service.
This simple Service of Reception gives an opportunity for members of the family and close friends to spend some time in prayer and reflection in preparation for the funeral service.
Funeral Service in Church.
Our church is an ideal setting for services both large and small.
This service gives the bereaved a chance to mark the death of a loved one without undue haste.
The funeral service in church includes the integral elements of a Bible reading, an address, prayers of remembrance and thanksgiving, together with the commendation of your loved one into the care of God.
In addition, it allows time to include hymns of your choice, poems, readings, a tribute or eulogy.
This service would be followed by a short service of committal at Gloucester Cemetery or at the Crematorium chapel.
Service at the Crematorium Chapel.
This option avoids any travel between Church and Crematorium.
It does, however, limit what can be introduced into a funeral service as the Minister is expected to complete the funeral in 20 minutes.