Funerals and Memorial Services
We understand that dealing with death is difficult for everyone. Mourning the loss of a loved one is a normal part of being human and the funeral service offers family and friends an opportunity to say ‘goodbye’. People feel a range of emotions as a result of bereavement: sorrow, anger, disbelief and anguish. Pastoral care – being available for the needs of individuals and families – is a very important part of the church’s role in Wrecclesham.
Before a funeral service takes place one of our clergy team will visit the bereaved family to tell them about how the service can be arranged , or just to listen to memories of the loved one. Later there may be further visits to arrange practical aspects of the funeral. Sometimes a funeral may be seen as a thanksgiving service for the life of the deceased; particular music, hymns or readings may be requested, or none at all. The minister conducting the funeral will be there to help the family before, during and after the service.
A funeral may take place in St Peter’s church, at the crematorium, or at a cemetery, with the Vicar, or priest, present. Some families choose to have a service in church followed or preceded by cremation.
If you would like to arrange a funeral or a memorial service at St Peter’s or at one of the local crematoria please contact the Vicar, Revd Canon Anne Gell.
Annual Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving
Every year at the beginning of November, we hold a service at St Peter’s at which we remember those whom we love who have died. The service is quiet and reflective and many people find it a source of comfort to remember those who are important to them, whether their loss is recent or happened many years ago.
There are detailed regulations about burials and memorials in all Church of England churchyards. You can read a summary here.