Funerals and Memorial Services






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“‘I am the resurrection and the life,’says the Lord. ‘Those who believe in me, even
though they die, will live, and everyone who lives
and believes in me will never die.’”
(John 11.25,26)


When someone dies, there’s so much to think about and so much to
organise. We understand how difficult this can be. The church is here
to help and support you through this process and beyond and to help
you say your final goodbye in a way that really helps.

The Church of England offers a very helpful website at giving information and advice
about funerals. The website guides you step by step through the
funeral arrangements, shows you the options available for hymns,
readings and other preferences you may have, and includes a service

First steps to arranging a funeral.

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:

Register the death.

• All deaths need to be registered with the registrar for
births, deaths and marriages. This must be done within
five days in England. For advice on how to do this visit or contact the local registration service on
0116 305 6565.

Meet a Funeral Director.

• If you’re not yet sure which one to use, you can find one
near to you on the National Association of Funeral
Directors’ website, or on the National Society of Allied and
Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) website.


Funeral Directors (also known as undertakers).

The funeral directors will give you guidance and options for the
funeral and work with you to understand what type of funeral you
would like. They will coordinate with the vicar and the cemetery or
crematorium about the time and date of the service.

Burial or Cremation.

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.

Funerals and Memorial Services.

There are a number of choices of service, a Church Funeral service, a
service at a local crematorium, or a Memorial Service. The church can
also arrange a short service for internment of ashes after a cremation.
More details of these can be found on the Church of England website.
To discuss these options please speak with the vicar or your funeral
director who would be pleased to advise you on the options.
What happens in the service?
Each funeral can be as unique and special as the person you are

Funerals usually include:

• Words of welcome and opening prayers
• Hymns or music
• A Bible reading and other readings or poems
• A Tribute or Eulogy and a Sermon
• Prayers
• The Prayers of Commendation and Committal

The minister taking the funeral will meet with you to discuss the
options and make arrangements for the service. They will be able to
advise you on readings and music and will be able to help with the

How much does it cost?

There are fees for a church funeral. The funeral director will advise
you on the costs involved. If you have concerns about meeting the
cost of a funeral, please visit ‘get help with funeral

Cemeteries, Burial grounds and Crematoria.

Funerals led by a minister authorized by the Church of England can
take place in churches or at any of the places below.
• Barrow
• Wymeswold
• Walton
• Loughborough

Burial Grounds

• Prestwold natural burial ground
• Burton on the Wolds burial ground


• Loughborough

Questions about death and dying.

The subject of death is painful. If you would like to talk through some
of the issues this time has raised for you, please contact us to arrange
a conversation with one of our ministry team.

Remembering loved ones.
All Souls Service

• The churches in the Barrow and Wolds group hold
services of Remembering and Thanksgiving (or All Souls)
in late October / early November. This is a quiet service; a
time to remember and reflect on our loved ones who
have died; to honour them by reading out their names
and to remember them by lighting a candle. All those who
have arranged a funeral through our churches over the
past year will receive an invitation to attend this service.
Everyone, however, at whatever stage of their
bereavement, is welcome; some people come every year
to grieve and honour their loved ones who have departed
this life.

Hold a Candle For Her
• Each year on Mothering Sunday there is a special service
at Holy Trinity, Barrow-upon-Soar, where a river of
candles is lit to remember the special ladies in our lives
including Mum’s past and present to celebrate all they do
for us. This can be a special opportunity to remember
these loved ones.

Christmas Tree Festival
• Around the beginning of December, Holy Trinity Barrowupon-Soar holds an annual Christmas Tree Festival. This is
an opportunity to honour those who have died by placing
their names on our ‘memory trees’. If you would like to
remember your loved one in this way, please fill in the
contact form on our website or contact the office.

• The churches commit to pray for those who have died and
their families from the moment we hear of their passing
away. You can also make a request for a name of
someone to be prayed for in the Barrow and Wolds Group
prayer circle. Please email
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submitted to this email is only shared with the group that
will be praying for you and is kept strictly confidential.

Planning ahead.

Many Funeral Directors offer pre-paid funeral plans and you can
make funeral arrangements in advance. If you leave details of what
you’d like included in your own funeral, it can make these choices so
much easier for your family during an undoubtedly difficult time. By
planning ahead, you’ll have the comfort of knowing that your family
and friends have a good idea of things that really matter to you.
More details can be found on If
you would like to discuss making plans for your funeral with one of
the ministry team please contact us.


If you would like to arrange to leave a legacy for the church after you
have passed away and would like to discuss this further please
contact us.

Bereavement support.

The vicar and our pastoral care team can offer a limited amount of
support following bereavement’s. Further counselling and support
can be found through…
• Cruse Bereavement Care -
0808 808 1677
• New Horizons - Meeting first Monday of the month,
2:00pm – 3:30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Barrowupon-Soar. For more information contact Kate Morley
01509 412982, or Pauline Ranson 01509 416928.


How do I book, what do I need to do next?

Arrangements for booking a funeral are usually made through your
Funeral Director.
If you want to make enquiries directly with the church, the easiest
way is to fill in an enquiry form on our website:
Under ‘Life Events’ click on Funerals and complete the Contact Form.
Once we have received the enquiry we will be in contact with you.

Contact us.

If you would like to ask any questions or talk to us about funerals,
then you can get in touch with our administrator, Hannah:
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• Tel: 01509 416520
or the priest in charge, Rev’d Clive Watts:
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• Tel: 07534 899522