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The Funeral Service

The funeral service will reflect the personality of the one who has died and the circumstances of their death. Sometimes, a sense of tragedy is uppermost, especially when it is a young person who has died. When it is the end of a long and fruitful life, the feelings of thanksgiving can be strongest.

There are times when the death of a faithful Christian seems to be the consummation of all they have lived for and the funeral service is a triumphal departure for their true home. As for Christian in The Pilgrim's Progress, 'all the trumpets sound for them on the other side'.

Your loved one may have described the sort of funeral they want in their Will. This will be an invaluable framework for planning the service.

The service begins with the minister reading aloud a sentence from the scripture which assure of the Christian hope in the face of death: "Jesus said , 'I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.'" John 11:25,26

After words of introduction a hymn is generally sung. Then follows the eulogy. This may be given by the minister or a member of the family. After this a psalm is said by everyone. Then comes a Bible reading and the minister will offer words of comfort based on this scripture passage. The readings tell of God’s care and the hope of eternal life. Another hymn may follow, and then we turn to God in prayer. After the prayers there may be a final hymn. The culmination of the service comes with the words of commendation by which your one is commended into God’s hands in the sure and certain hope of eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus.

With these notes you will find a range of choices for:


Facing up to Death
The Funeral Service
Location of the Service
The Committal
The Book of Remembrance
Practical Arrangements
Continuing Care after the Funeral
Bible readings
Poems & Other Readings
Music for the Service


To contact us:
Phone: 01474 703819
Fax: 01474 704972
The Rectory
3 St John's Lane
Kent DA3 8ET

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