‘Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.’ (John 14: 1–4)
Death can happen at any stage, whether you are young or old. It can be expected or sudden. It can be a tragedy or a release. Christians believe that through the resurrection there is new life in Christ after our death. But even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one.
The funeral service is an occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. Please contact Canon Peter Seal if someone has died and you wish to arrange a funeral.
Remembering a loved one
Easter is the time when we celebrate Christ’s resurrection and his triumph over death. That belief does not lessen the sense of grief and loss we feel over losing someone we have loved. At Easter there is the opportunity to give a lily in memory of someone; the flower will be displayed behind the altar at St Paul’s next to the name of your loved one.
In past years our churches have been most grateful for gifts both small and large which families have given in memory of their loved ones who have died. We greatly value this ongoing support for the developing life of our parish.
Planning your funeral
If you would like to discuss or plan your funeral with the clergy team, please contact Canon Peter Seal.