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Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ give them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith we entrust those who have died to the infinite mercy and love of God. A Methodist funeral service acknowledges this hope and offers bereaved people the opportunity to remember their loved one’s life and to offer them into God’s care.
How do I arrange a funeral?
Most people will use the services of a local funeral director, who will provide advice and organise all the practical arrangements. The funeral director is the first person to contact.
If you would like a funeral to involve the church your funeral director will liaise with the minister at All Saints. It is important to find out when the minister is available before booking the time and date of the service.
The person who has died may have left details of the sort of funeral that they hoped for. We will want to support families in keeping to such arrangements as much as possible and in making the service a personal and appropriate occasion.
Burials and Cremations
All Saints does not have a burial ground, so burials usually take place at the local cemetery. Our minister will be happy to lead prayers at the graveside or to conduct a service in church prior to the burial. If cremation is preferred the service may take place entirely at the crematorium or following a service at All Saints. Again our minister will be happy to take part in these services. If cremation is chosen this leaves the question of what to do with the cremated remains. Crematoria have gardens of rest where they can be buried or scattered and many churchyards have a special place set aside for this. All Saints also has a small memorial garden where ashes may be scattered by permission and a memorial board where a small plaque may be affixed in memory of the deceased.
The time between a person’s death and their funeral is often very busy and full of practical arrangements. Often it is only after the funeral that the full extent of loss affects us.
Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for many months. Taking funerals is an important part of the minister’s work and this includes visiting families, offering comfort and support before and after the funeral itself. Where appropriate we will offer the ongoing support of one of our pastoral care team.
There are common stages to bereavement, but each person is different and it is important for people to be supported in finding their own way through grief.
Sources of Help
For further information
The conduct and planning of a funeral is a very important and personal thing. We seek to arrange the service respecting the wishes of the deceased, but so often their wishes are not known. This situation is very much easier if a few simple questions are answered and recorded whilst the person is still alive. If you would like to help your loved ones in this way, the key questions that they will need to think about are listed below. Please note that there are no right and wrong answers, generally the answers given are a matter of personal choice.
It is helpful if you sign and date the list of answers, so that if you change your mind, your relatives know they have correctly identified your most recent preferences. If you have any difficulties with the questions, do please get in touch.
Page last updated: May 2010