If you have come to this section of the website because you need to arrange a funeral then this is likely to be a difficult time for you. Whether your loved one was living in our parish at the time of death or has close links to the parish or St Matthew’s we hope that we will be able to assist you in both the initial, practical details of planning a funeral but also in providing on-going support. We work closely with all the local funeral directors and are used to dealing with the issues which you will be facing.
If you are having to organise a funeral at this time and feel up to it, reading the funeral pages of the Church of England website for funerals may be really useful. There is a wealth of information there and it will help to steer you through the decisions which may need to be made. But please do telephone Rev Helen Hancock (on 020 8390 3829) if you would like assistance; either to talk through the options, perhaps to see if St Matthew’s is available for a service or for other help.
You may like to watch this brief video (produced by the Diocese but featuring Helen) in which she explains a little more about ‘a good funeral‘.
Each Autumn, we hold a Service of Remembering and Thanksgiving to which we invite the families of those whose funerals we have conducted during the year. Many people find this a helpful and fitting way to remember again formally those they have loved and lost in a quiet service of remembrance and informally over refreshments.