Anyone may request to have a funeral service at St Mary's. Such services are usually taken by one of the clergy – the vicar, one of the curates, or another clergyperson – but we welcome contributions from the family and friends of the deceased.

Funeral services usually include a tribute to the person who has died, usually readings from the Bible, prayers (relating to the deceased person and to their family and friends), and hymns or other music.

During a funeral, we commend to God the person who has died, we celebrate all that was good in their earthly life, we express our natural sense of grief and loss, and we are reminded of our own mortality – that one day we too will die.

After a funeral, the deceased may be buried in the churchyard (however, there are regulations surrounding this – please see here), or taken to a crematorium to be cremated.

If you would like more information regarding funerals, please do not hesitate to contact the church office.