Funerals during Spring/Summer 2020

Losing a loved one is always a difficult experience. A funeral service in Church can help families and friends to remember, and celebrate the life of, someone we have loved and lost, to receive God’s comfort and strength, to listen to God’s word and hear his promises of hope for a life beyond this life, and to pass loved ones into God’s care.

Sadly, in these difficult times, from Tuesday 24 March, based on instructions from the government and Church of England, we are unable to offer any services in church. We are currently evaluating more recent advice as to how we can make this work safely within our churches to open up to funeral services again.

However, funerals currently may only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (and this is only if the crematorium allows). Immediate family members in this case are set out as spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way. No attendees should be over 70 or have health concerns.

I know this is really difficult and very disappointing. We will be pleased to work with families to arrange a memorial service at some point in the future to appropriately remember those we have lost and celebrate their lives.

Obviously the situation, and what is possible, could change at any time. We will try to keep details up to date on this website.

  • Mike Barnsley, Vicar of Cinderford with Littledean