Funerals and bereavement
At Holmer Green Baptist Church we know that every family experiences from time to time the trauma and distress of bereavement. As a church we would want to help those individuals through this difficult time. We understand the pain of loss even in the midst of Christian hope. Our Pastor is always available to help plan and conduct a funeral or thanksgiving service and afterwards provide help and support as you seek to move forward.
Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ give them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death.
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.
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. Our Pastor would be happy to chat to you and discuss any way we can help.
The person who has died may have left details of the sort of funeral that they hoped for. Our Pastor 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 church's work and our Pastor will take time to visit families, offering comfort and support before and after the funeral itself. We can also offer, if appropriate ongoing support as needed.
Burials and Cremations
HGBC does not have any burial grounds of it's home although depending on circumstances the burial ground a few hundred yards from our church can be used. Just over half of funerals today are cremations and services may take place entirely at the crematorium or as well as a church service. If cremation is desired this leaves the question of what to do with the ashes. Crematoria have gardens of rest where they can be buried or scattered.
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.
Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for several months. There are those at HGBC and associated organisations who understand and have experienced this kind of loss. They will be able, where appropriate, to offer support in the months and years following a death. There are patterns and themes to bereavement but each person is different and it is important for people to be supported in finding their own way through grief.
Every year we hold a Bereavement Service where there is an opportunity to come together and remember those whom we have known and loved, with the opportunity to light a candle in their memory. Drinks and cake are served afterwards for those who would like to stay.
Sources of Help
Please contact the Pastor for more information.
For further information
on how to register a death, visit www.gro.gov.uk
on the practical arrangements and how to find a funeral director, visit www.uk-funerals.co.uk or www.nafd.org.uk
on bereavement support, visit www.cruse.org.uk/
We can put you in touch with a list of local undertakers that we regularly work with.