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FUNERALS - "IN THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW"

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.

Where possible our clergy and authorized lay ministers will offer pastoral care and practical advice in funerals, although because of the wide diversity of national laws and customs within the Diocese in Europe the nature of our response will be governed by the proximity of the nearest chaplaincy and the time between a death and the funeral. In some situations, where a funeral has to take place within 48 hours of the death, it may be that a Memorial Service a short time later may be more appropriate.

Fees – because of the widespread nature of the diocese there is no standard fee for funeral services. In some instances these are arranged directly with the church and minister and in others (as in the UK) church fees are included in the Funeral Director’s accounts.

In the event of a bereavement, if you are not already in touch with your local church or Chaplain please contact someone at the church at the earliest opportunity so that you can begin preparations for the funeral.
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