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Reflections on ministry

The Opportunity of Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week, May 8th-14th in 2017, raises an opportunity to help parishes and congregations feel more confident about talking ...

What makes ‘a good funeral’?

The Revd Helen Hancock, Team Rector of the Tolworth, Hook & Surbiton Team Ministry and Emma Sparre-Slater, Senior Funeral Director ...

Stepping into the unknown

Last week I was being royally treated by a diocese somewhere in England. Dire to the pressure of time between ...

Warm contacts, wider contacts

Every week the Church of England is involved with around 3000 funerals, 2000 baptisms of children under 12 and 1000 ...

“Shattered”

Like most vicars I have taken quite a lot of funerals, some straightforward, others complex and challenging. I have also ...

Can a Christian have a vocation to be a Funeral Celebrant?

My name is Alan Stanley. Six years ago before I took an early retirement from my dental practice, I had ...

Dying Matters

The past few years has seen the beginning of a major cultural shift in our attitudes to talking about death. ...

“We do good funerals”: why church-led funerals help families

CofE vicar wins Funeral Celebrant of the Year

A Church of England vicar was named Funeral Celebrant of the Year at the Good Funeral Awards. The Revd ...

The privilege of funerals ministry

Blogging Vicar, Vic Van Den Bergh, reflects on why, for him, funerals are one of the greatest privileges of ordained ministry: "Again ...