Funerals

Funerals

We’re 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.

Christians believe that when we put our trust in Jesus, God promises that when we die we will be with him in a wonderful place where death and pain are gone forever. Whatever the circumstances of death these words of hope can be a great comfort to those who attend a funeral at St Mary’s or West Berkshire Crematorium.

If you live in the parish, or if you have a link to St Mary’s, we are happy to explore with you how we may be able to help with their funeral. Whether you are considering a funeral in church or at the crematorium, we can offer a personal service to reflect the unique personality and life experience of your loved one.

Whether you are celebrating their life or saying goodbye, a Church of England funeral allows you to give thanks for the unique person you knew and loved in a way that gives comfort and hope. You are able to choose music, songs or hymns, bible verses and other readings, and prayers if you wish.

We also encourage you to share some words about your loved one, which you, a family member, friend or the minister may read. We are happy to discuss any wishes you have regarding the service.

Whatever your link to the person who has died, we are available for you afterwards. Whether the funeral has happened recently or many years ago, you can discover the different ways in which we are here for you.

More information about church funerals is available here