One of the churches greatest privileges is being able to draw alongside and support people during their hardest moments. It is a sacred honour and it is our utmost wish to be able to help you and support you in whatever ways we can during this time. Firstly let us as a church and a congregation of people extend our deepest sympathies at your loss.
At its most basic Christians believe that death is not the end.
For Christians the Good News is not just that on Easter Day the tomb was empty, but that the followers of Jesus experienced him in his Risen Life and saw him.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, will live, even though he dies: and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (John 11.25-26)
We are all offered the possibility of eternal life, brought to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
This does not mean that Christians do not believe in judgement, for the Bible teaches us that when Jesus comes again at the end of time he will judge the living and the dead. We believe that all people, Christians included will have to give an account of how they have lived, how we have served others, and how in doing that we have served Jesus.
It is the faith of the Church that death cannot conquer us.
In the end we will have decided our own fate by what we believe and what we do with our lives.
So we pray to the Lord:
“Raise us, O Lord, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of glory.”
The Funeral Arrangements
If you need to arrange a funeral please contact your local funeral director of choice.
The funeral director will help you make all the arrangements that are necessary and will also offer advice on things you have to do.
It is not necessary to wait until you have registered the death before you contact a funeral director, and a good company will always advise about far you can go in making preliminary arrangements before you see the Registrar.
If you delay contacting the funeral director there will be a delay in holding the funeral, which can be an added burden in a time of sorrow and grief.
Do you want a church service in St. David’s or St. Timothy’s?
Please remember that the parish clergy normally officiate at funerals only for those who live in the parish, or who worship in the parish.
In any case, the time and date of the funeral must be confirmed with the parish priest before any announcements are made in the press.
There are fees for funerals in church.
The Funeral Director will arrange for these fees to be paid and will include them on your final invoice.
If you ask for a service in church please remember
- You will receive a Christian service: you do not have to sing hymns, but you will not be allowed to substitute non Christian secular music for hymns during the service;
- The priest will have the final say in any choice of music you want played as you enter and leave the building;
- The service has been authorised for use by the Bishops of the Church in Wales, and you cannot make alterations to the service, nor can you write your own service: if you have special requests mention them to the parish priest when you are visited, and if it is in keeping with the dignity of Christian worship your request will be carefully considered and discussed with you fully.