St Andrews

How do you help with funerals?

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.

Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. Speak to your local vicar for more information.

Burials can no longer take place in St Andrew’s churchyard and are usually arranged at Magdalen Cemetery, Oriel Avenue, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, NR31 7JJ. It is however still possible for ashes to be interred in the St Andrew’s Memorial garden and this can be arranged through the vicar or your funeral director.

Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago.

If you are uncertain the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person's life, this may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more.

For more information please see the Church of England website or speak to your funeral director.