‘The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ (Job 1.21b)
Death is the great unknown, and at a funeral we face that unknown and say farewell to a loved one who has died. Through tributes, readings, music, and prayers, we celebrate the life of the deceased and commend them to God’s loving care.
There are numerous possibilities for a funeral service. If the main service is in church, the coffin may be brought in at the beginning of the service, or earlier in the day, or even the night before. At the end of the service the body will be taken to be buried or cremated, and you may wish to accompany the body on this final journey. The minister can also come and say further prayers at this ‘committal’. Some request a minister to say prayers at the burial of ashes, or on the anniversary of death.
For any funeral the minister will advise on Bible readings, and for a funeral at All Saints’ the Director of Music will be happy to discuss musical choices, along with the possibility of having a choir. If you are organizing a funeral and would like it to be at All Saints’, please tell your funeral director and they will put us in touch with you.