The death of someone close is a very sad time and there is always such a lot to do when you least feel able to cope.

Whatever your needs, we are here to help at this difficult time. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding death or funerals or bereavement.

A funeral service in church is for anyone, whether or not they have been regular churchgoers. It is best to approach your chosen funeral directors first. They will liaise with the clergy initially, and one of the clergy team will then contact you to arrange a visit.

Planning a Funeral Service

A funeral service may be held in any of our churches, or at a crematorium, or in a cemetery chapel. Our ministers are available to take the service in whichever setting you choose.

The minister will help you plan the service, which can be very simple, or more elaborate if you wish. It usually lasts about thirty minutes and always includes prayers, a Bible reading and a short address. Hymns, music, other readings and a tribute to your loved one can also be included. Please let us know if you, or any of your family or friends, would like to contribute to the service.

A funeral service is for everyone who knew the deceased, children as well as adults. Often children can find it very helpful to be present.

The Committal

The final part of the service is the committal of the person’s earthly body to be cremated or buried.

When the service in church is followed by burial in the churchyard or cemetery, the prayer of committal takes place at the graveside.

Where there is a cremation, this prayer of committal can take place at the crematorium or at the end of the service in church. Many people choose to have the complete service in church, including this final act, in the surroundings that would have been familiar to the deceased and with the whole congregation present and able to participate.

See the step by step guide to funerals on the Church of England website.

Visit the Church of England funerals website.


Grieving seldom ends with the funeral. It is natural to feel the emptiness for a considerable time afterwards. Our Pastoral Care group may be able to offer you some comfort at this time. Please contact us if you would appreciate a call.

Our churches are open every day and provide a place of peace and prayerfulness.

Every November 2nd, All Souls’ Day, we hold a service of remembrance at St. Peter’s church, Sible Hedingham to give thanks for all those whom we have loved but who are no longer with us.

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