“I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord.”
“Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet will they live.” (Gospel of John 11. 25-26)
“I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8.38-39)
Christianity is a faith founded upon Jesus of Nazareth, whom God raised from the dead. Christians believe that all who die in Christ will be raised with him. For Christians, a funeral is therefore a time of hope, as well as a time of grief.
A funeral is an important landmark on the journey of grief for the family and friends of the person who has died. It is an opportunity to remember and give thanks to God for all the blessings of the person’s life. We pray for and support each other in grief, and lay to rest the person’s mortal body.
Funerals may be conducted in a church building, a home, a cemetery or crematorium, or in any suitable building. They may be small, quiet ceremonies or large occasions with a big crowd. Modern Anglican funeral services allow great flexibility so that the person who has died can be remembered with dignity and love.
Everyone is entitled to a burial service or to have their ashes interred by their local priest regardless of whether they attended church or not.
St Thomas is able to offer you assistance by providing a full range of services at this difficult yet very important time of grief and loss. These services include conducting the Funeral Service or Requiem (Holy Eucharist) and pastoral care and support. Other options include:
Printed Orders of Service
Use of the Church premises for refreshments
Memorial garden for interment of ashes
Memorial book in Church