We want our church to be a blessing to those who mourn. We take about 25-30 funerals each year and in our regular services the whole church prays for the people who have died as well as those who mourn them. Most of those funerals include a service in church either before or after the cremation or burial. However, we sometimes conduct funerals at the crematorium without a church service.
Sometimes people think they are somehow 'not allowed' to have a church funeral. This is not the case. We often conduct funerals for people who haven't been to church for a long time. We try to be as accommodating as we can regarding the music you wish to play or any poems and other texts that you wish to use. If you are grieving for a loved one and are wondering whether a church led funeral might be right for you, why not contact the vicar for a chat? He won't be offended if you decide, after all, to have your funeral somewhere else. Remember, he will be trying to work out how he can be a blessing and a comfort to you as you mourn.
At the end of the service, people often need a place to gather and exchange memories. One venue that could be considered for this is the West End of our church where we have held such receptions before.