A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.
As far back into history as we can penetrate, human beings seem to have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.
A funeral service in the Church of England - whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel - may be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present, or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church. A funeral may also be set within a celebration of Holy Communion.
Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to him of every human being [extract taken from the Church of England Website]
Funerals are usually arranged via a Funeral Director who will liaise with the Vicar on your behalf to arrange a time and date that suits you and your family.
Of course if you need any help or advice at anytime please do not hesitate to contact the Vicar, her details are on the contact page.
Anyone who lives in the Parishes of St Matthew's Haslington or St Michael & All Angels Crewe Green, or is on the Electoral Roll of either Church, is entitled to be buried in the churchyard or have their ashes interred.
As per Diocesan Regulations we can not sell graves in advance and the reservation of graves is not allowed.
To read more about Funerals in the Church of England please click here to go to the Church of England site.
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