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

The Revd Juliet Stephenson
As I sit and reflect upon the bizarre events of the last week, in which against what seemed massive ...

Dying Matters

The Revd Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Projects & Developments, Archbishops' Council
The past few years has seen the beginning of a major cultural shift in our attitudes to talking about death. ...

“Shattered”

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

Stepping into the unknown

The Revd Canon Sandra Millar, Head of Projects & Developments
Last week I was being royally treated by a diocese somewhere in England. Dire to the pressure of time between ...

Vigil Eucharists on the night before a funeral

Jeremy Brooks
In the last few years, I have increasingly encouraged members of my congregation to consider having a vigil eucharist on ...

Life events make special memories

The Revd Canon Sandra Millar, Head of Church of England Life Events
I recently read a report which explored the psychology of memory and decision making:  it seems we make future decisions ...

The Relationship Between Funeral Directors and Clergy

Richard Reakes
My name is Richard Reakes and I am currently Team Vicar of Bishop’s Cleeve in Gloucestershire, but prior to this ...

The Opportunity of Dying Matters Awareness Week

Rev David Primrose, Director of Transforming Communities for Lichfield Diocese
Dying Matters Awareness Week, May 8th-14th in 2017, raises an opportunity to help parishes and congregations feel more confident about talking ...

GraveTalk leads to new path for LLM

Katherine Bloomer, LLM, Draycot Benefice, North Wiltshire
It’s not often my 12 year old son and husband are united in their response “Who spends their weekend thinking ...

Reflections on an EastEnders Funeral

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

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

What is GraveTalk?

Projects Team
It has always been difficult to have conversations around death, dying and funerals, even more so when it gets personal. ...

Don’t just talk about it, do it!

Rev'd Jan Fielden
I found the "Taking Funerals seriously" conference extremely helpful last summer, giving me ideas to develop this ministry ...

Why our bodies matter!

Jeremy Brooks
The funeral of Philip Bradbourn has caused a stir in the press recently. The MEP died just before Christmas and had ...

Bishop of Sheffield blog on GraveTalk

Cake and conversation – with Funeral Directors

On Friday June 9th 160 clergy and readers from the Church of England headed into the National Funeral Exhibition as ...

Ministry at Grenfell Tower

Rev Dr Gabby Thomas, curate at St Mary with St Alban, Teddington
Rev Dr Gabby Thomas, a curate at St Mary with St Alban, Teddington. She writes here about the churches’ response ...

More than paper – service sheets and lasting memories

The Revd Canon Sandra Millar
Changes in printing technology means that producing a very special service sheet is now an  integral part of the funeral ...

GraveTalk on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour

Projects Team
This report on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour is recorded in the parish of Darfield, Barnsley, as a GraveTalk session is in ...

The role of ‘remembering’ on the journey to faith

The Revd Canon Sandra Millar, Head of Church of England Life Events
As October draws to a close and November begins, the Church of England will see some of its largest congregations ...

The privilege of funerals ministry

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

Warm contacts, wider contacts

The Revd Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Projects & Developments, Archbishops' Council
Every week the Church of England is involved with around 3000 funerals, 2000 baptisms of children under 12 and 1000 ...

We’ve been hiding our light under a bushel for too long

Rev Bryony Taylor
The Church of England has something good to share with people and what's more, people are genuinely looking for it and ...

Breathing new life into the funeral business

Project Team
This is an interesting overview of how the funeral business has developed since the Victorians and, from a business perspective, ...

‘Meet the death doulas’ – article in The Guardian for interest

This feature in The Guardian about ‘death doulas’ raises some familiar challenges for encouraging people to discuss death and dying.

Blue Christmas

Mary Hawes
From the middle of November, shops, media and advertising collude to convince us that Christmas is magical, full of joy ...

Death on the mountains

David Nixon, Dean of Studies of South West Ministry Training Course
Follow the link below for a theological analysis of a dramatic story in which an unexpected death turns a holiday ...

Specialist care at funerals wins award

A Church of England priest has won a national award for her outstanding contribution to work on helping make funerals ...

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 ...

Vicar interview in Funeral Directors’ Monthly

Life Events Team
It's great to see former Funeral Celebrant of the Year winner the Revd Juliet Stevenson interviewed in the 2017 Christmas edition ...

Join the ‘Big Conversation’

The Revd Canon Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Projects and Developments, Archbishops’ Council
The chatter is getting louder. More voices are joining in all the time as people of all ages and from ...

Ashes to ashes…and then what?

The Revd Dr Jeremy Brooks, Team Rector, Beaconsfield Team Ministry
What happens to ashes after cremation?  How can the church help with the disposal of loved ones’ remains? June this year, ...

Bereavement training

Helen Tourle, Cruse Training Manager
        Clergy and church members who are interested in developing their skills in bereavement support may like to attend Cruse's one-day loss ...

When and how to hire a BSL interpreter for a Church of England led funeral

Rev Canon Gill Behenna, the Church of England National Deaf Ministry Adviser
Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) often go to their local Chaplain, or specialist minister for Deaf people ...

Being present, being there – live-streaming of funerals

The Revd Canon Sandra Millar, Head of Projects & Developments
I was in a traditional  English market-town church this Sunday, and as I scanned their weekly pew-sheet, I noticed that ...

Tackling Funeral Poverty in Lichfield Diocese

David Primrose, Diocese of Lichfield
Every week in the Diocese of Lichfield, our clergy and readers take an average over 160 funerals, yet when meeting ...

Parting thoughts

Projects Team
This is a moving and deeply honest piece, published in Reform magazine, written by David Goodbourn in the face of ...

What makes ‘a good funeral’?

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