In the immediate aftermath of the trauma of losing a loved one it is a natural instinct for some people to want to phone the Clergy first.
Although the Clergy can offer emotional support at this point, they cannot assist with dates and times of the funeral as these involve consolation with several other professionals.
It is best in the first instance to make your choice of funeral director and contact them directly. They will provide advise, make all the arrangements, and liaise with the Clergy (and, where necessary, the crematorium) in order to establish the date and time of the service. They will take their instructions from you to be as accommodating as possible. They will keep you regularly informed until these matters are settled.
It is after that the Clergy will contact you to arrange to make a visit. Today the Funeral Service contains a large element of thanksgiving for the life of the departed and many families/relatives like to participate in some way. The Clergy are there to advise you how to best to do this. They will also take care of arranging for the musical requirements if the service is to be held in church, otherwise any music desired at the crematorium should be notified via your undertaker.
All costs involved will be handled by your funeral director.
The funeral directors most closely involved with funerals/cremations from this parish are:
Bakers Funeral Directors: 01245 221100
T. Pennack and Sons: 01245 471157
Co-operative Funeral Services Limited: 01245 353978
Please note that church ministers are not involved in Green/Woodland Burials.
Churchyard is subject to Diocesan Regulations concerning types of memorial and accompanying inscriptions. A copy of the regulations is available by clicking here and on public display in the Church Porch on the notice board beneath the belfry staircase. Again your funeral director, who is familiar with these regulations, will be able to give you help and advice.