Light a candle online to remember a loved one
Current Guidance from the Church of England Regarding Planning Funerals During the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-019)
Although this will be very difficult for everyone, numbers of those attending the funeral will have to be kept to a minimum – we advise immediate family only. This should also be communicated to anyone in the wider circle of friends, family or colleagues in advance. Sadly, those over the age of 70 and those with an underlying health condition are strongly discouraged from attending in the present circumstances.
Any changes to the normal service will be explained by the officiant to the family.
Where family relatives or friends are unable to attend a funeral service, clergy can still take a funeral at the graveside or crematorium, even if those present are limited to clergy and funeral directors.
Consider whether a memorial service could be held at some point in the future, which is an opportunity for more people to come together once Government guidance permits.
Those who are self-isolating may be offered the opportunity to join the service via a system such as Skype or another audio link. Failing this, a recording could be made which can be sent to anyone unable to attend after the service.
Where no audio link can be achieved, officiants may be able to provide an order of service, either by email or post.
No additional people should be expected to attend the service, such as an organist, verger, sound system operator etc.
You may wish to use the following reflection if you are unable to attend a funeral
Your funeral director will probably contact the church of your choice to arrange the date and time of your loved one's funeral. Once these arrangements have been made your Vicar will be in touch and come to visit you to discuss the service, to offer support and to pray for you.
Burials can take place in the churchyards at St. Anne's and St. Cuthbert's churches. St. James' churchyard is closed but in Staveley burials can take place in St. Margaret's churchyard in the village. All our churchyards have a special area for the burial of cremated remains and a plaque on which your loved ones name and dates can be engraved.
The Church of England Funerals website offers help and advice on planning a funeral service but the leaflets below may be useful too. The website also offers you the opportunity to light a virtual candle, as a prayer, for the person who has died.
Guidance on Churchyards, headstones and cremated remains
updated February 2020
If you have any questions about church funerals please contact us, or ring on the number at the bottom of the page or fill in the form below and we will be in touch with you.
We hold an annual All Souls Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance at the beginning of November. This is a service during which we remember and give thanks to God for loved ones who have died. There is an opportunity to light a candle in remembrance.
Everyone who has arranged a funeral, or the burial of ashes, through our churches will receive an invitation to this service for 3 years, but anyone is welcome to attend.
In the week before Christmas we hold a Blue Christmas Service. This is a quiet reflective service for anyone who finds rejoicing difficult; there is an opportunity to light candles at this service too.