Harwich Peninsula Churches


There is so much to think about when someone has died. There are formalities to complete, people need to be told, and a funeral to organise. It can be a difficult, sad and emotional time but we, as your local parish church, are here to help and support you, whether or not you or your loved one have worshipped regularly in church.

If you need to arrange a funeral, it is best to contact a local funeral directors first. They will liaise with us after which we will contact you to arrange a visit.

Church of England funerals can be led by a rector, vicar or a licensed lay minister. The service may take place in one of our three churches, the local cemetery chapel, at a crematorium, or at a local outdoor green burial site.

We can help you to give thanks for the unique person you knew and loved in a way that gives comfort and hope. 

During the funeral service, you may want to have some music to listen to and a hymn to sing.   There is time to listen to the story of the person you knew and loved, often called a tribute or eulogy. You, another friend or relative, or the church minister can do this. There will be a bible reading and a time to reflect and remember. It will then be time for the farewell. The minister will pray, using words that have been used for centuries, asking God to keep your loved one in his care:

“…earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust: in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ”

There’s so much to think about when organising a funeral, but God is with you and your church will help you through it. We know that waiting for a funeral to happen can be really hard. We will remember you and your family and all those affected by the death of someone you knew and loved in our daily prayers.

If you’d like to take a moment to pray, then you might like to use these words:

God of love, 

surround all those I love, 

especially those I can no longer see.

Be light in my darkness,

be hope in my fear, 

be love in every moment,

and give me grace to face each day ahead.