Death is the only guaranteed certainty about life. It is something that can happen when you are young or old; it can be expected or sudden; it can be a tragedy or a release. Nobody knows for certain what happens when you die, but Christians believe that God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God.
Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death. Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.
The funeral service is an occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. The church offers funeral services as a way of providing support and consolation to those who mourn.
If you would like to talk to a member of clergy about arranging a funeral service or about a bereavement that you have experienced, use the contact form below.
Lost someone you love?
Whether you have been recently bereaved or your loss was some time ago, the Parish of Wilmslow is piloting a Bereavement Support Group that could help you.
Run by a professional counsellor, the group will offer you the opportunity to join others who are experiencing similar issues.