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End of life


A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth.

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 a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church or chapel at the crematorium.


Everyone is entitled to have their ashes buried in their local churchyard regardless of whether they attended church or not.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy,

slow to anger and of great goodness.

As a father is tender towards his children,

so is the Lord tender to those that fear him.

For he knows of what we are made;

he remembers that we are but dust.

Our days are like the grass;

we flourish like a flower of the field;

when the wind goes over it, it is gone

and its place will know it no more.

But the merciful goodness of the Lord endures

for ever and ever toward those that fear him

and his righteousness upon their children’s children.

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