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.

In the Benefice of Cinderford with Littledean, funeral services are generally conducted by the vicar, Mike Barnsley, Rev Richard Blagg or Linda Blagg, a licensed lay reader.

Services can be taken either in any of our churches (St Ethelbert’s, Littledean; St John’s, Cinderford or St Stephen’s, Cinderford), the Forest of Dean Crematorium or at a graveside.

Your service leader will chat through options with you for the service including readings, hymns and any music choices you may have as long as making sure the service fits with the most appropriate way to remember your loved one.