Church of England Funerals Explained
Laying your loved ones to rest in a way that respects their wishes and desires is an important way to honour their memory. Those who have led a religious life or feel a strong connection to the church may wish to opt for a Church of England Funeral. Also known as Anglican funerals, these services can take place in your location of choice and express the belief that your loved one has been delivered to a place that is free from any pain or suffering. In this blog, we’ll go over the things you need to know when planning a CoE funeral.
Why Choose a CoE Funeral?
Your reason for choosing a Church of England funeral comes down entirely to personal preference – yours and that of your loved one that has been lost. Some people spend their entire lives dedicated to the church, attending ceremonies on a weekly basis and living their lives in accordance with Bible guidance. Others find comfort in the idea that their loved one has been delivered to heaven and maybe reunited with others that have gone before them. And some simply feel that this important making of a loved one’s passing should happen under the eyes of God.
No matter your reason, working with the right funeral director will help you to find the right minister to perform the funeral.
Are CoE Funerals Always in Churches?
While most Anglican ceremonies take place in a church, you can also request these services in cemeteries, crematoriums or even in a woodland burial site. If you do decide to hold it in a church, you will need to choose the CoE church that serves the deceased local parish. There are occasions where you may be able to hold the service at a church that does not sit within their parish – for example, if you wanted to hold it in the village they grew up in or in a church that has special meaning to the family – but you will need to contact the relevant minister to discuss this possibility directly.
What Happens During a CoE Funeral?
In much the same way as any traditional funeral, a CoE service marks the passing of your loved one. They tend to be around 30 minutes long and follow a funeral liturgy. Most services will move through the following order:
- The Gathering.
- Readings and Sermon.
- Commendation and Farewell.
- The Committal.
- The Dismissal.
Church of England funerals hold special meaning to many families and can be a source of much comfort during these times. At Wallace Stuart Ltd, we provide a supportive and personalised funeral directors service to each and every one of our families. For more information about how we can help with the organisation and management of a CoE funeral, please do get in contact with us here today.