A celebration of life…
After the initial news of the death of someone you knew and loved, there are some important things that need to be done. These are two of the more immediate things:
1.Register the death. There is some helpful guidance on this on the government’s births, marriages, and deaths advice page. https://www.gov.uk/register-a-death
2.Meet a Funeral Director. We work closely with local funeral directors. Many Dorset funeral directors can be found through this website https://www.funeraldirector.co.uk
The Funeral Director will talk to you about what kind of funeral you would like. One of the first questions they’ll ask is whether you’d like a burial or a cremation. You might like to discuss this with other family members if you’re not sure what the preference was of the person who died. You’ll then be asked where you would like the service to be held. If you would like a Burial or Burial of Ashes at St Nicholas’ there are Statutory Fees set annually by Parliament that apply to all C of E churchyards. If you are a Studland Resident you have a right to be buried in the Churchyard. If you are not a Resident but have connections to the Parish the Rector will consider the granting of permission for Burial.
The Funeral Director will ask about various details, including:
- Whether the funeral should be civil, humanist or religious. Remember you don’t have to be religious or a churchgoer to have a Church of England funeral – it is open to all.
- Whether there is a particular minister or celebrant you have in mind to take the funeral.
- What sort of coffin you would like.
- How you would like the coffin to be transported to the service.
- Whether you would like flowers.
- They might ask whether you have any thoughts on music or other special ideas to reflect the life of the person you knew. The person who leads the service will talk to you more about this.
There are helpful websites that offer local contacts for some of these choices, such as http://www.funeralservicesguide.com and https://www.funeralzone.co.uk. Your Funeral Director will also have contacts nearby. If you choose to have a Church of England funeral, someone from the church will visit you to listen to the story of the person you knew, and will go through all the details of the funeral service itself.
We are invited by The Archbishop of Canterbury, IF SAFE TO DO to light a candle at 7.00pm on Sunday and place it in a window to share the solidarity of Christians showing the light of Jesus all over the world. PLEASE BE SURE YOU DO THIS SAFELY.
Have tried successfully sharing worship together via Zoom we hope to do this on Easter Sunday at 6.30pm. If you would like to join us please contact me at:
I will then send you the code and password you need in order to be part of our service together.
The Whole Parish will be prayed for each day
Revd Tony Higgins
Tel No: 01929 450691
Mobile: 07761 658124
St Nicholas' Church, Studland,
SWANAGE, BH19 3AT.
Please take time to be still, pray, and get to know our church and its surroundings. This unique Romanesque Norman building has been here for about 1,000 years, but it was built on the site of an earlier Saxon church dating from the beginnings of Christianity in Dorset. Read more