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.
Our current pandemic is making things even harder for those who have been bereaved. You can find out more about the current Covid-19 restrictions here. However, we have recently installed an audio-visual system which permits us to livestream and record services so there is no limit to the number who can watch online. As well as our musicians we also have the ability to play recorded music.
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 also lead the funeral for you at a local cemetery or crematorium. 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.
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. 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.
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. We work alongside Bereavement Care to offer support for you in your bereavement (you can find out more about their service in their leaflet -front & back).You can also 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.