The death of someone close is a difficult experience to bear, particularly in the early days when there is so much to be organised and dealt with. If you are going through the sad event of a bereavement you may be responsible for arranging the funeral of your loved one. In the first instance you should contact one of the local undertakers who will, as a matter of course, discuss with you the arrangements for the funeral service, including who you might want to conduct the service for you. Today there are several options available, some of which incur charges for their services.
The minister is available to conduct the funeral service for all residents in the parish, whether you are a church member or not. The minister's services to you will be free. However, should you want to use the church please note that there is usually a charge for this and local undertakers can advise you of this on request.
There is nothing to stop you contacting the minister first, if you want. Between the minister, undertakers, and yourself, a date and time for the funeral will be arranged, and the minister will call, among other things, to discuss the arrangements you want to make for the service(s).
Long term support can also be provided by the Pastoral Care Team. Further information can be obtained from the minister.
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