One of the most emotional and vulnerable times in anyone's life happens on the death of someone you love. A church will always be there to help you through one of life's most difficult times. A Church of England led funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service.
The Walton Team Ministry are here to help you and we will do all we can to make the funeral as reverent as possible.
When a death occurs the usual procedure is to first contact a Funeral Director who will then help you through the many decisions you will have to make. One of the decisions is whether to have a church service or not. You do not have to have been a regular attender at church to do this.
An Anglican parish church and its clergy are there to serve all who live in the parish, whether they attended or not. This is your ancient right. The benefits of a service in church are that they give a little more time in the ceremony, they enable larger numbers to attend comfortably, and they offer the chance for friends and family to speak about their loved one and to celebrate their life.
Should you choose to have a church service, the local parish clergy will visit you, unless you wish someone else to take the service. They will explain and go through the service in which you will have an opportunity to adapt the service to suit your requirements and choose music which is of meaning to you.
When a loved one's funeral takes place in St Mary's (Walton Church) their relatives and friends are invited to the Annual Memorial Service. This occurs in November, usually Remembrance Sunday, and is an opportunity to reflect on the life of deceased. Their names are read out during the service and you will have the opportunity to light a candle for them.
At St Mary's (Walton Church) there is a memorial book in which you can add the name of your loved one, to remember that person on either the birthday or date of death. For more details of this please speak to a Warden.