Here For You
At King Charles the Martyr, 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 is needed.
First Steps – making contact
Whether you’ve met with the funeral directors or not, we are always happy for you to contact one of our experienced clergy. Click here to contact the parish office.
The role of the funeral directors is to liaise between the church, crematorium or cemetery regarding times and dates and they are also responsible for pulling together various practical elements of the funeral service. They will also provide information on fees and how to spread the cost of a funeral. The Church of England does not ask for a fee if the service is for a child under the age of 16.
Each person and situation is unique – A Church of England funeral allows you to give thanks for the person you knew and loved, in a way that gives comfort and hope. There are a number of different shapes to a funeral service. Whether you want the whole service in Church or the whole service at the crematorium, the committal to take place at the crematorium before a service of thanksgiving in church or a stand alone service of thanksgiving for the life of a loved one – we will work with you to find the most appropriate, individual and fitting tribute to your loved one. Sometimes we are not immediately ready to let go and we keep the ashes of a loved one for a time, however there may come a time when you feel ready to let go and we are always here to help you arrange an interment of ashes.
The message at all Church of England funerals, wherever they happen, is one of hope. Although there is sadness because someone you knew and loved has died, in every Church of England funeral there will also be a message of hope in life after death.
Wherever you live, wherever the funeral takes place, whatever your link to the person who has died, we are here for you. We have a committed team of Clergy and Lay Ministers who can provide ongoing support for as long as you may need it. In November each year we hold a special service to commemorate All Souls, where we read out the names of all our loved ones who have died. This service is open to anyone who would like to attend. In January each year we hold a Starlight Service for those who have lost babies or children, and this is equally open to all. We have a permanent prayer corner within the Church, with candles and prayer aids, which is available to anyone who wishes for a period of quiet and space to reflect. The Church is open between 11am and 3pm Monday to Saturday, and also during service times on Sundays.
Prayer for the Departed
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.