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Oakworth Church

Funerals

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. We always work closely with families facing this most vulnerable and difficult time. We are here to help plan and tailor a funeral to honour the life of the person we are celebrating and to meet the particular needs of families.

We believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith we entrust those who have died to the infinite mercy and love of God. A funeral service taken by our ministers acknowledges this hope and offers bereaved people the opportunity to remember their loved one's life and offer them into God's care.

How do we arrange a funeral?

Most people will use the services of a local funeral director, who will provide advice and organise all the practical arrangements. If you would like a funeral to involve the church and a local minister it is a good idea for the funeral director to find out if they are available before booking the time and date of the service.

The person who has died may have left details of the sort of funeral that they hoped for. We want to support families in keeping to such arrangements as much as possible and in making the service a personal and appropriate occasion. Taking funerals is an important part of the minister's work and he or she will take time to visit families, offering comfort and support before and after the funeral itself. We work closely with the funeral director in arranging a funeral to be held at either of our churches or at the crematorium.