Arranging a Funeral

Arranging a Funeral within our Benefice

If someone you know and love has died, we can help you to arrange a funeral led by a Church of England minister in church, in a churchyard, by a graveside, or at a crematorium. 

There are two important things to do early on: 

  1. Register the death: click here for official guidance from the government
  2. Meet with a Funeral Director. The Funeral Director is a key person when arranging a funeral. They will talk to you about what kind of funeral you would like and it is the Funeral Director, rather than the bereaved family, who then works with with our Church Office to make all funeral arrangements including whether you wish to have an organist.

Other things to think about

  • Please let your Funeral Director know your preferred funeral dates. Some dates and timings may be be unavailable due to pre-booked services and events but we do have five churches in the Benefice.
  • Occasionally, if there are strong pastoral reasons, it may be possible to request a specific priest (although we do have a large team and juggle many diaries so this can be complex).

The Funeral

Once a Priest has been assigned to the Funeral they will contact you, the family, to help make the day go according to wishes given; to assist with the running order of the service and to offer pastoral support.

After the Funeral

  • Please feel free to come to our churches any time they are open for prayer and reflection. Some of our churches have candles for you to light.
  • There is an Annual service of Remembrance in November - see our website for details
  • We recognise that grief is a complex and on-going process. If you would like to have any pastoral support in the months and years ahead please do contact the parish office.

Church of England Advice

Here are links to some Church of England Guides to Funerals

Safeguarding

    If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408. Also please inform one of Parish Safeguarding Team.
    For other safeguarding concerns please immediately inform our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk
    If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or safeguardingreferrals@oxford.anglican.org. For enquiries outside of operational hours, contact Thirtyone:eight on 0303 003 1111.

Click here for more safeguarding information

Prayer Tree

    Please feel free to post a prayer on our Benefice website.
    All prayers are first moderated to ensure any post respects our Safeguarding Policy and so there may be a small delay before they are published on our website.
    When writing a prayer, please use only first names, initials or a pseudonym to protect privacy.
    Your email address will not be published and is used only if we need to double check your prayer request.

Click here to post a prayer