God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ after death.

Even for those who share such a faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experience of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. A funeral or memorial service should help us to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and sorrow and to reflect upon our own mortality. We include here some prayers that may help you:

O God, who brought us to birth and in whose arms we die: in our grief and shock /loss contain and comfort us, embrace us with your love, give us hope in our confusion and grace to let go into new life; through Jesus Christ. Amen

Almighty God, you judge us with infinite mercy and justice and love everything you have made. In your mercy turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life, and the sorrow of parting into the joy of heaven; though our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

At St Andrew’s we work with the bereaved and the funeral directors to arrange an appropriate service following the death of a loved one. The options broadly are to have a service in Church followed by a burial or cremation; to go straight to the Crematorium with a memorial service in Church later or simply to have a service at the Crematorium. Our churchyard is full except for re-opening of family graves and the interment of ashes in our Garden of Remembrance. The village cemetery is alongside the Cheddar reservoir.

In recent years, as part of our ongoing support for bereaved families, we have had a memorial service in the autumn to remember all those who have passed away during the preceding year. If you would like details of this or want to discuss any other matter connected with a bereavement please contact the Church Office on 01934 742535