Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ give them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith, we entrust those who have died to the infinite mercy and love of God. A church funeral service acknowledges this hope and offers bereaved people the opportunity to remember their loved one’s life and offer them into God’s care.
How do we arrange a funeral?
Most people will use the services of a local funeral director, who will provide advice and organise all the practical arrangements. If you would like a funeral to involve the church and local clergy it is a good idea to contact them to see if they are available before booking the time and date of the service.
The person who has died may have left details of the sort of funeral that they hoped for. The Clergy will want to support families in keeping to such arrangements as much as possible and in making the service a personal and appropriate occasion. Taking funerals is an important part of the clergy’s work and they will take time to visit families, offering comfort and support before and after the funeral itself.
Burials and Cremations
The church yard at Fewston is closed for burials. Burials now take place at Meagill Lane Cemetery which is within Fewston Parish.
The time between a person’s death and their funeral is often very busy and full of practical arrangements. Often it is only after the funeral that the full extent of loss affects the bereaved.
Service for the Bereaved
Each year at the end of October (close to the festival of All Souls) a service for the bereaved is held at one of the valley churches. Anyone who has been bereaved is welcomed to this ecumenical service.
Sources of Help
In addition to support from our church family further information can be obtained from the following websites: