Preparing for the funeral and beyond
After a bereavement we can come and visit and spend some time listening and sharing with you as you try to come to terms with what has happened. As Christians, we believe that there is a hope of eternal life, and that our saviour, Jesus Christ, has gone on ahead of us to “prepare a room for us in our Father’s house” (John 14).
We can come and simply listen, or we can offer prayers. We just to show the love of God in this difficult time.
The gospels also remind us that when Jesus was told that one of his friends had died, he wept with the family. Jesus also said “Blessed are those who mourn; they shall be comforted.”
The Methodist Worship book has a set of prayers for use at home or in a hospital after someone has died.
After you have spoken to your undertaker, we can help you put together a funeral service. It may be your loved one has left detailed instructions, or you just have some thoughts. We will work together with you to
create a funeral that is right for your loved one. A funeral service can act as a moment of healing, as we remember and say goodbye to a loved one when we commend them to God.
At a funeral service, we give thanks for the life of the person that has died. We spend some time in thinking and remembering their life. We take comfort and strength from words of scriptures, and we pray for those who are left behind. During the service, it is also an opportunity to sing their favourite hymns, or hear their favourite piece of music, poem or reading.
As a funeral service at the Crematorium is time limited, some families prefer to have a service in the local church first, followed by the committal at the Crematorium.
Alternatively, it is possible to have a committal at a crematorium, followed by a Thanksgiving or Memorial service at the church on the same day or on a later date.
We can conduct a short service at the crematorium, or an extended slot can be booked at the crematorium so the service can take place there.
For a burial, we can also conduct a service at the church followed by the committal at the graveside.
Interment or spreading of ashes.
We are here not just for the funeral but to offer assistance beyond this and talk through the process of grief.