We’ll always be here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.
When you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus says "I will be with you".
Psalm 23v4

There is so much to think about when someone has died. There are formalities to complete, people need to be told, and a funeral to organise. Find out here some of the first things that need to happen, and discover practical things you can do to make a start. 


Lighting a candle can be a helpful way to pray for someone. You can do this in a church, or here online. Lighting an online candle will help you think about someone who has recently died and pray for all those who miss them.

Wherever you choose to have a funeral, it will reflect the unique life of the person you knew. Whatever will help to make the funeral special – music, hymns, readings, tributes, even the type of coffin – can be part of a Church of England funeral. We’re with you at every step of the way.                       More


Immediately after a funeral you’ll be with your family and friends. But as the days and weeks go by, the church will also be there for you. Your church can support you in lots of ways, even if the funeral did not take place where you live. Explore the links for ways we can help.

We can pray in many different ways – in silence, in our own words or by lighting a candle. But sometimes we need help to pull our thoughts together. This page has a selection of prayers which you may find helpful, whether you are planning a funeral, going to a funeral, or beginning the journey of grief.

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