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St Gregorys Bedale

Funerals

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth.  As family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life, comfort one another and commend the person to God's keeping, our Rector can, working with your chosen Funeral Director, help you to plan and prepare for the service. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.

Everyone is entitled to a service, whether they attended church or not, and may be buried or have their ashes buried in the churchyard.  Our Rector will be available to meet with you and to discuss further information in preparation for the day.  He will also help you to chose suitable readings, hymns and music and will spend time with you building a picture of your loved one's life, making the service suited to them.

Funerals are difficult times for families and we are privileged to be invited to share with you at a time of great sadness and grief. The whole church will, together, pray for you and your family at the time of your loss and will be available to offer comfort and support.

After the funeral we offer a befriending service to support the bereaved and offer a hand of friendship and comfort. There is no obligation or expectation that anyone will avail themselves of this, but we are available if it helps through the grieving process.

Please visit the Church of England Funerals website for more information.