In normal circumstances the family of the deceased makes initial contact with a Funeral Director and the Funeral Director then contacts the Parish Clergy. After this initial contact a member of the Parish Clergy will then be in touch with the family to arrange a pastoral visit and to discuss the funeral arrangements.
If the body of the deceased will be cremated, it is normal for the whole service to be held at either the church or the crematorium and not to have services at both locations. If the body of the deceased will be buried it is normal for the service to be held at the church with a second shorter service following at the graveside.
For thousands of years, rituals have been symbolic experiences that help us , together with our family and friends express our deepest thoughts and feelings about life’s important events.
A funeral service expresses our beliefs, thoughts and feelings, and helps us acknowledge that someone we love has died and allows us to say goodbye.
Our Christian faith teaches us that nothing can separate us from the love of God, and so when we think about our own dying we hold together both the mixed emotions of uncertainty about all that will change for us and for our families, and the hope that we will live with God in the eternal life of his love for ever with all those who have gone before us.
A Christian funeral service normally includes:
We invite you to consider making arrangements for mortal remains to rest within one of the niches in the columbarium on the church site or the local church cemeteries. Details are available through the parish office.
We provide a funeral customary for those who wish to prepare their funeral arrangements as an act of faith in God, and love for their families. It would be our pleasure to help you celebrate and farewell your loved one by conducting a funeral service and whatever is important to you is important to us.
We also acknowledge while your grief journey will be unique, all mourners have certain needs that must be met if they are to heal. Here at the Anglican Parish of Singleton we are here to support and care for you.
Please feel free to contact us at any time via our Contact Us page.