Whether sudden or expected, the death of a loved one can leave you with an overwhelming sense of loss and despair. We are here to support you in practical, emotional and spiritual ways. The first step is to contact one of the several local Funeral Directors who can make the initial arrangements with the church. If your loved one lived in the parish of St Peter’s, they are entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes interred in our parish churchyard regardless of whether they attended church or not.
A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. This can be a small, quiet ceremony or a larger occasion.
Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago. If you are uncertain the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person's life, this may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more.
Please contact The Reverend Rachel Hawes if you have any queries at any stage of life, preparing for death, or during bereavement. (Use the Contacts link below for details).