Keynsham Methodist Church - Funerals
Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ give them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith we entrust those who have died to the infinite mercy and love of God. A Methodist funeral service acknowledges this hope and offers bereaved people the opportunity to remember their loved oneâ€™s life and offer them into Godâ€™s care.
How do we arrange a funeral?
Most people will use the services of a local funeral director, who will provide advice and organise all the practical arrangements. A church service is usually followed by a short service for burial or crematorium, but some families choose to have this short service first and follow it with a service of thanksgiving in which to remember the person who has died. If you would like a funeral to take place at either our Victoria or Queens Road centres please contact our minister to find out if they are available before booking the time and date of the service.
The person who has died may have left details of the sort of funeral that they hoped for. Our minister will want to support families in keeping to such arrangements as much as possible and in making the service a personal and appropriate occasion. Taking funerals is an important part ofÂ our ministerâ€™s work and they will take time to visit families, offering comfort and support. Where appropriateÂ we may be able to offer the ongoing support of one of our pastoral team.
Burials and Cremations
Just over half of funerals today are cremations and services may take place entirely at the crematorium or as well as a church service. If cremation is desired this leaves the question of what to do with the ashes. Crematoria have gardens of rest where they can be buried or scattered and many churchyards have a special place set aside for this even when there is no space left for graves. The local crematoria are managed by the local authorities. For further details on the choices available, please visit the relevant website or call one of the following numbers:
For Keynsham Cemetery (Tel: 0117 986 8683)
For Haycombe Crematorium and Cemetery (Tel: 01225 396020)
For South Bristol Crematorium (Tel: 0117 903 8330)Â and Canford Crematorium (0117 903 8280)
For Westerleigh Crematorium (Tel: 0117 937 4619)
The time between a personâ€™s death and their funeral is often very busy and full of practical arrangements. Often it is only after the funeral that the full extent of loss affects the bereaved.
Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for several months. There are people in our church who have experienced loss and they are often the best people to offer support in the months and years following a death. Our Minister willÂ be able to offer help or find others who can provide such friendship and support. There are patterns and themes to bereavement but each person is different and it is important for people to be supported in finding their own way through grief.
Sources of Help
Please contact our minister, who will be pleased to discuss any questions you may have and will be able to help you through the process of arranging the funeral and support you in the changes to your life that will follow.
For further information
- on how to register a death, visit www.gro.gov.uk
- on the practical arrangements and how to find a funeral director, visit www.uk-funerals.co.uk or www.nafd.org.uk
- on bereavement support, visit www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk
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