A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks and celebrate the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping.
A funeral service in the Church of England – whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel – may be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present, or an occasion with music, hymns and a packed church. A funeral may also be set within a celebration of Holy Communion.
Whichever service you choose, the words and actions all speak of a loving God who cares for us who holds us in the palm of his hand; God who is there at our beginning and at the end of our life.
Arranging a funeral
The person who has died might have left instructions describing the sort of funeral arrangements they hoped for. Naturally, the family will want to keep to such arrangements as far as possible.
It is not unknown for parishioners to contact the vicar to discuss the arrangements that they would like to have. Don’t hesitate to contact the vicar and make your wishes known to her and your family.
Not everyone knows that they have the right to a funeral in their parish church even if they have not been church-goers.
All parish clergy regard the taking of funerals as an important part of their work. They give a lot of time to visiting families, comforting those who are facing loss, finding out what service they want to use and helping them to arrange it.
If you want the vicar of St Giles to take the service, you should contact her before any other funeral arrangements are made to make sure that the church and the vicar is free and available.
The funeral director plays a very important part in all these arrangements and will want to know if the funeral is to be in the parish church or if it is to take place at the crematorium.
Local funeral directors include:
- Donald Pickles & Son Tel 01943 462185 or 01943 875222
- Slater’s of Horsforth Tel 0113 258 2395
- Good’s Tel 01943 462646
Burials in Bramhope Cemetery
Bramhope cemetery is owned and run by Bramhope and Carlton Parish Council not the Church of England. The Parish Council has specific regulations regarding who can be buried there. To make enquiries about a burial or the burial of ashes please contact Kate Fraser the parish clerk on 07530 900934 or http://www.bramhope.org/
Each year usually in November the church holds a memorial service for those families who have suffered a bereavement. This is a quiet service with an opportunity to remember loved ones, light a candle in their memory and have an opportunity to talk others.