Thanking God for the life of someone who has died

Cross on a hillGod’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death.

Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.

The funeral is an opportunity to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality.

At a funeral we remember the person before God, give thanks for their life, commend him/her to God, commit his/her body to be buried or cremated, and comfort one another in our grief.

Funerals can include Holy Communion or a Prayer Vigil, and can be in church or at the crematorium (or both).

Please ask your Funeral Director to contact the Parish Office so that arrangements can be made that suit your needs. You may also like to make arrangements for your own funeral in advance by contacting our Parish Priest.

What does a church funeral cost at St Stephen’s?

Funeral Service £178
Organist/Use of organ £90
Heating (when needed) £60
Utility £30
Verger £30

There are additional fees for burial of ashes or body, and for memorial stones. Please discuss with your Funeral Director.

Click here for details of statutory church fees.