FuneralsThe loss of a loved one can be a difficult time, and we are here to offer help, comfort and support.
Funeral services usually include the remembering of the person who has died, usually readings from the Bible, prayers (relating to the deceased person and to their family and friends), and hymns or other music.
We remember with thanksgiving the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, commending to God's everlasting mercy the person who has died.
We celebrate all that was good in their earthly life,
We express our natural sense of grief and loss,
We are reminded of our own mortality
Christian funeral services attempt to keep these various aims in balance and to integrate them into an act of worship which reflects our faith, our experience and our feelings. We express our faith in the risen Christ, remember the person who has died, read from the Bible and say appropriate prayers. Suitable hymns or other music may be included, though they do not have to be.
The ritual actions include the carrying of the coffin into the church or other place chosen for the funeral, the optional setting up of appropriate symbols (of which the paschal candle, the Church’s sign of the light of the risen Christ has particular importance) in the vicinity of the coffin or even upon it, and the burial of the remains of the deceased person. See below about the burial of cremated remains.
Special provision can also be made to assist the private reflection and devotion of those who have been bereaved: at home before the funeral, in church on the eve of the funeral, at home after the funeral. When a child or young person dies, the funeral has a different nature and the prayers and readings will reflect this.
Since every funeral is different, the Church in Wales provides a very wide range of services. You are invited to select the one which appears most appropriate to your own needs. Please contact the Rev Padraig Gallagher on 01792 583646.
For the complete Church in Wales funeral service please click here.