We’re to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. Although there is sadness because someone you know and love has died, in every church funeral there will also be a message of hope in life after death. A church funeral is available to everyone who lives in our parish, and we’re here to give support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.

Planning a funeral

We can take funeral services  at the Church of the Ascension or a local crematorium or cemetery. A church funeral allows you to give thanks for the unique person you knew and loved in a way that gives comfort and hope. To talk about arranging a funeral with us, please contact the office in the first instance

You will need to tell the funeral director that you want a Church of England funeral as they may otherwise ask another minister. If the family of the deceased are local, we would normally visit them at home to plan the service. We also like to pray for the friends and family in our Sunday and daily services.

Not sure what hymns and readings to choose? The Church of England has put together a helpful website with advice on what happens at a funeral and how to choose hymns and readings.

Burial of ashes

We have a peaceful Garden of Remembrance in the parish, very close to the Church of the Ascension, where a person’s ashes can be interred.  Please contact the office if you would like to have their ashes interred in the Garden of Remembrance.

Remembering loved ones

Every year we have two special services at the Church of the Ascension to allow people to remember their loved ones who have died. One service is held in June in the church and Garden of Remembrance. The other is our All Souls service, held at the Ascension in early November.

We also have a Book of Remembrance in the church, please contact the office if you would like details of your relative added to the book.