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A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church; it make take place at one of local crematorium chapels. 

At Shirley Parish we take the wishes and needs of individuals and families at a time of loss very seriously.  Whether you wish to arrange a funeral in church, a local crematorium chapel, or at the graveside of a local cemetery, we are here to help, to pray for you and your loved one and to arrange with you a service that is a fitting tribute to them. It is our privilege to walk alongside you at this sad and sometimes difficult time. 

Whether you are a regular or occasional churchgoer, or simply want the assurance of a sensitive prayerful thanksgiving for your loved one, we are here to help.

When you contact the funeral director of your choice, please make it clear that you want a Christian service for your loved one and they will contact us on your behalf to make the necessary arrangements.

Once the funeral director has contacted us, one of our team of  ministers will make arrangements to meet you to discuss the service, including music, hymns, tributes and eulogies.  Whether the service is in church, at the crematorium chapel, or the graveside, we will do everything we can to fulfil your hopes and wishes for your loved one’s funeral.

As part of our commitment to supporting you, we offer an annual service of remembrance to which you will be invited.

Please note that St James’s churchyard is no longer open for burials, though we are still able to help with the interment and scattering of ashes.

For further information, visit the Church of England Funerals website.

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