Arranging a Funeral in Broadstone
If you are reading this page and you have just lost a loved one, we offer your our deepest condolences at your loss. This page is designed to help you in the choices you need to make.
Arranging a funeral will always be a difficult thing to do. The first decision to make is to choose a good Funeral Director and let them do the arranging for you. They will ask you whether or not you want a church funeral. There are many choices. Some families conduct the funeral themselves, whist others want an Officiant who is not from any religious point of view. However many do want a religious content to the funeral and the churches of Broadstone are here to help you. If you belong to a particular denomination, you might want to ask the minister from that church to conduct the funeral. St.John's, being part of the Church of England, offers its services to everyone who lives in Broadstone (or indeed anyone who lives further afield but has a connection with our church). We are here to conduct the funeral of everyone from our community who wants a Church of England funeral at St.John's or at the local Crematorium or Cemetery.
Having made contact with the Funeral Director of your choice, if you wish us to be involved in the funeral, the Funeral Director will contact our vicar, Revd Helen Bailey and find a time which is mutually convenient to hold the funeral. Revd Helen will ring you and arrange a suitable time to visit you in your home to talk through the funeral. We will assume that you want a Christian content to the funeral, but we are very flexible as to what goes into the service. We will want to talk through with you:
- What hymns would you like?
- What music would you like?
- What readings will be used and who will read them?
- What would you like said about the person who has died and who will say it?
- What else would you like included in the service?
You may find it helpful to visit the Church of England's website on Funerals
Revd Helen can make suggestions as to music, readings and hymns, although you might have your own ideas. We are happy to do the reading and to talk about the person who has died, but you might have family members who want to do this. We can advise you about timings. You only have about 20 minutes at the Crematorium, but you can book a longer slot or, if you have the service in St.John's (before going to the Crematorium), we can arrange the timing to suit you.
If you are going to request the burial of ashes in our churchyard, please remember that we are bound by the regulations laid down by the Consistory Court in Salibsury. Relevant sections of these regulations can be found here. If you want to read the full regulations, you can find them on the diocesan website.
If you need to talk about arranging a funeral, please do contact Revd Helen Bailey on 01202 691484
We are here to help!