Bereavement & Funerals

When someone close to us dies, whether at the end of a long illness or without warning, we are deeply affected.  Often we are in pain and have searching questions about the meaning of life, about death and about our faith.

Everyone in Hinchley Wood is entitled to a memorial service in St. Christopher’s Church, or to have a service lead by a member of our clergy team in a local crematorium or cemetery.

We have our own Garden of Remembrance next to St. Christopher’s, in which we are happy to bury ashes.  We keep a Book of Remembrance in the Church in which the names of deceased loved ones can be writen.

At this time the Church of England offers support in your bereavement and a hope which points beyond death to resurrection and a new life.  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 and celebrate the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping.

The Church lives in hope because of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and we see a sense of victory underlying death. Both the hurt and the hope find expression in the Church’s rites at the time of death and after.

We will assist you in planning the funeral. In consultation with you, we will ensure that the funeral service will be a dignified expression of caring love and Christian hope.

Contact the parish office with any questions about preparations for a funeral and to arrange a consultation with the vicar.