There is no easy way to lose someone. The death of a loved one is such a difficult time, and at St Alban's we are here to help.
Anyone within the parish has a right to have their funeral at their local church, regardless of church attendance or not. As well as offering a service here in church, we can lead the funeral for you at a local cemetery or crematorium. We also have a garden of remembrance where ashes can be interred. Funerals are always arranged with a funeral director, and we can put you in touch with a firm who will support you professionally and sensitively.
Recent easing of Covid restrictions means we can accommodate up to 100 people in church for a funeral service. We also have an audio-visual system which permits us to play recorded music and to livestream and record services as well so there is no limit to the number who can watch online.
We will always spend time with you to make the funeral as personal as possible and provide ongoing pastoral care after the service. You can find out more information about the funeral service and the choices you can make here. We can provide an organist for you. Some people like to set up a tribute page for their loved one and you can find out how to do that here.
If someone is nearing the end of their life, the vicar is very happy to spend some time with them and to pray with them. We consider it a privilege to accompany and support those approaching their death, and their loved ones. Age UK have a very helpful Life Book for those wanting to ensure they have thought through everything, and you can also phone to ask for a hard copy.
Whatever we can do to support you at this difficult time, please be in touch, either by completing the form below, or direct with the Vicar or through the Parish Office.
You can find other help on the website At a Loss.
There is also 'The Bereavement Journey', a course designed to help people on their journey of grief. To find out more, click here.