You don't have to be a church attender to have a Church of England minister take your funeral. At Holy Trinity we are responsible for ensuring that funerals happen for everyone from the parish who dies - unless they specifically ask for their funeral to be taken by a minister from a different denomination, or by a humanist official.
Funeral ministry is an important part of Holy Trinity's care of people in the parish. We have a team of four people taking funeral services - the three clergy (John Routh, Paul Duckers & Carol Hoare) & our Lay Reader (Pauline Manfield). Between them they take around 60 funerals a year, some in church, others in one of the local crematorium chapels.
Arranging a funeral
If you need to organise a funeral - whether in church or at a crematorium, you should speak first with your Funeral Director. They will liaise between you, us, & the crematorium (or cemetery) to find a time that is suitable for everyone.
Then we will contact you to arrange a meeting. We will discuss the service with you, guiding you through the format of the service, music choices, readings & so on. If you want us to give the eulogy/tribute we will ask you about the deceased's life, so that we can make it as personal to them as we can.
There is a fee involved in a funeral, but you don't need to worry about paying us - it is dealt with for you by the Funeral Director as part of their service.
After the funeral
Many people don't want to have further contact with us after the funeral service. But where they do, we're happy to add you to the list of those who we visit from time to time.
Once a year, usually on the first Sunday of November, we have a service called Commemoration of the Departed. At that we remember all who have died, & read out the names of those whose funerals our team has taken in the previous 12 months. We invite the people who we've dealt with over each funeral - but of course all friends & family are welcome to come along.