New funerals content on churchofengland.org

Life Events team

The national Church of England website www.churchofengland.org is incorporating more than 60 new pages of content from the Life Events team on funerals and bereavement.

It’s a significant refresh and migration of content from churchofenglandfunerals.org, which will close after being live for six years.

Parish church websites which carry a link to churchofenglandfunerals.org won’t need to make any changes because all the pages (URLs) will automatically redirect to the new ones.

Ben Hollebon, Web and Insights Manager for the national Digital Communications team said the migration will have a number of benefits. This will be for both churches and those who have been bereaved and who are seeking support for arranging a funeral and/or coping with their grief.

He said: “The Church of England website is growing all the time in terms of its content, but also the number of people who visit each year. As more people are asking questions relating to faith and key moments in life, moving to a single site that can provide those answers is an important strategic step.

“When people search for information on funerals, they often get information about funeral directors. Moving content into the main CofE site means that it will be much easier to find out about Church of England funerals and bereavement support, which is there for everyone.

“And regardless of what they’ve searched for and found on our site, once visitors land there, it’s important they see the full breadth and depth of all that’s on offer through our churches, all in one place.

“This is just the first step in displaying information about Life Events to its best advantage – there will be more to come in the future.”

The Funerals content will still include:

  • information and advice about arranging a funeral
  • attending a funeral
  • information and support for grief and bereavement
  • encouragement to discuss death and dying
  • an online tool where people can ‘light a candle’ virtually
  • a step by step guide to what happens at a Church of England funeral
  • advice on planning ahead for your own funeral

Head of Life Events, Sandra Millar, said: “It’s always our aim to extend a warm, wide welcome to anyone wishing to arrange a funeral, and to those who are seeking support to cope with bereavement. All churches have that desire, to reflect God’s love, comfort and care before, during and long after a funeral. These new pages on the Church of England site will help us to communicate that to even more people. It’s just the very start of some new and exciting online ideas we’re thinking about to help bereaved families.”