I joined the Church of England in 2013, whilst working at Heythrop and served my curacy at the parish of St Mary and St Eanswythe with St Saviour in Folkestone, where I was married in 2015. Following the closure of Heythrop in 2018, I took up a new position teaching theology and organizing social and pastoral and placements for students at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, which trains women and men for ordained ministry.
To mark the end of a person’s life, family and friends come together to express grief to give thanks for the life lived and to commend the person into God’s keeping.
To mark the end of a person’s life, family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived, and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be small, quiet ceremonies in a local crematorium or a large occasion in a packed church.
Here on the Cost del Sol it can be difficult to find someone to carry out a funeral in the short timescale provided, but we can help by providing the funeral service you require and we are happy to help you find a funeral director.
If you wish to discuss a funeral, please contact the chaplain on 952 808 605 or speak to one of the churchwardens (see contact page)..
We will visit you before the funeral, try to get to know more about the life of the person who has died and work with you and the funeral director on the content of the service. That will follow the broad outline of the funeral service in the Church of England and may (or may not) have music of your choice at the entrance and exit, a Eulogy either from the chaplain or written and (if you wish) spoken by you, poems and hymns. There will be prayers, a reading from the Bible and an address, the Lord’s Prayer and a Commendation, Committal and Blessing. The service length (without hymns but with a short eulogy) is usually about 25 minutes.
Often the family decide they would like a card printed for the service, and that can be organised by the Chaplain, as can the provision of piped music, or a musician to play.
We will offer to visit you after the service if required. We are alway happy to pray for you and with you, and we will include the name of the person who has died in the names read out at our Memorial services, which are the first Sunday in November (just after All Saints day).
Your own funeral
The priest is also happy to discuss the service you would like, one day, at your own funeral. Just contact the chaplain. There is no fee for this.
Prayers with the dying
Also, the priest would be very happy to come and visit if an individual would like to have a Christian praying with them, or just to talk about what will happen when they die. Do contact the chaplain for a visit.
The cost of funerals
For weddings, memorials and funerals we do charge some donation fees.
The Rev Juliet Stephenson
“Hope is not just for the person who has died, it’s for the people who remain behind. It gives us something to hold on to. We are surrounded by creation with signs of things that die and come back to life, and that’s a wonderful metaphor of hope.”