There are many taboos surrounding death but it is a fact of human existence that we shall all one day come to the end of this life. Christians believe that mortal death is not the end, but the new beginning of a closer existence with God, because this was what Christ told us:
"In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so would I have told that I go to prepare a place for you?" John 14.2
Whether you wish to make plans for your own funeral, or if you have lost a loved one and would like there to be a ceremony at St. Andrew's, then do please contact Margaret Peart. It is a good and thoughtful thing to make arrangements for one's own passing; this can help relieve a grieving family of much anxiety at the time of bereavement. The crucial thing is to decide what's needed, to make a note of it, and to tell your loved ones - making a Will can serve this purpose too.
You do not have to be a member of our congregation in order to hold a funeral in this church, whether this may involve a separate cremation, a burial or a Memorial service. Where possible and appropriate, Margaret Peart can arrange for a vicar to prepare the dying by the administration of the last rites, sometimes known as anointing or 'Extreme Unction', or this can be done together with the sacrament of absolution, if required.