"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, either angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.
As far back into history as we can penetrate, human beings seem to have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.
Funeral services always raise profound questions about the meaning of life and death. Jesus himself believed in a life-giving God: 'the God of the living, not of the dead.' Christians believe that Christ's resurrection is the triumph of good over evil and of life over death and has made eternal life available to us.
Funerals at St Luke's
St Luke's will always be made available for funerals of those in the parish. The priest will visit beforehand and give all the help that is necessary to create a meaningful, comforting celebration of the person's life. They will do everything they can to make it special & personal, helping you with the choice of music, hymns and readings. Family members and friends are welcome to contribute to the service - again this can all be discussed when the vicar visits.
On the Sunday following the funeral, the deceased will be named in the service sheet. The bereaved will be prayed for during the service and also on the first anniversary. Once a year at All Souls there is a short service for the bereaved with suitable music and the opportunity to light a candle in memory of the deceased and to hear themselves prayed for.
There is also an opportunity to have the person's name in the Church Memorial Book - please contact Julia in the Church Office on (01429) 281122 for details.