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. Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. Speak to your local vicar for more information, or, if you do not know who your local vicar is please use the search box on the right to find your local Church of England church.
If the churchyard has been closed, then the Local Authority will provide alternative places of burial and the minister can carry out the service there instead of the church or crematorium.
Find a church near you
Diocese of Gloucester Funerals is a diocesan initiative offered to Funeral Directors to provide the most complete range of Ministers’ for funerals from a single source; see participating parishes below.
In the Gloucester City area and other surrounding areas, we can supply Licensed Ministers for any funeral situation from priests for traditional church funerals to ministers for crematorium services or woodland burials with each ceremony tailored to the needs of individual families. During 2020 we shall be expanding the scope of this project.
This new approach is in response to results from research carried out with Funeral Directors both nationally and locally to offer a simpler, more streamlined and efficient way for you, the Funeral Director, to organise Funerals.
There is now just one number to ring – 07742 700319 – to book a funeral anywhere in the Gloucester City area whether it is for a church service or at a Crematorium.
If you are looking to arrange a funeral in a Church of England church, we will aim to have a date and time agreed with you within 24 hours of your call and give details of who will be leading the service.
For funerals in crematoria and woodland burial sites we would expect to accept the date and time you have arranged and confirm who will lead the ceremony with you within 24 hours of your call.
Fully trained ministers
All our Ministers are fully trained – either as part of their original training to become priests, or as dedicated Funeral Ministers. Their performance is also monitored with regular reviews.
We can tailor the spiritual content of the funeral according to the wishes of the next of kin. From the Book of Common Prayer to specially written prayers and tributes, we can offer a message of Christian hope in the most appropriate way.
On-going care of the bereaved
In addition to offering a comprehensive Celebrant service, we will also give continuing bereavement follow-up and support to those who have lost loved ones. This is included in our overall service and will continue for as long as it is requested.
Simple fee structure
Our fees are set nationally. They are reasonable and competitive with other Celebrants and there is a single fee for all ceremonies at crematoria and woodland burial sites. There will also be a single fee for church funerals with the only variant being the amount charged for the use of an organist. But we will always give you a quote.
All funerals will be invoiced by Diocese of Gloucester Funerals to make things simpler with clear pricing and payment options.
Parishes participating in the Diocese of Gloucester Funerals project:
Hempsted with St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt
www.swithunandmary.org.uk Covering Hempsted and the City Centre
Tuffley, St Barnabas
www.stbarnabasgloucester.wordpress.com Covering Tuffley, White City, St Michael’s & Stroud Road
St Catharine’s London Road
www.stcatharine.org.uk Covering Kingsholm, Wootton, Elmbridge & Longlevens
St George, Tuffley & Whaddon
www.glos-stg-stm.org.uk Covering Tuffley, Whaddon and Podsmead
St James Upton Street & Christ Church
www.stjamesandchristchurch.uk Covering Barton & Tredworth
St Oswald Coney Hill & St Aldate
St Paul & St Stephen Stroud Road
Hardwicke, Elmore & Longney
www.hardwickechurch.info Covering Hardwicke, Elmore, Longney and Hunts’Grove
www.hucclecotechurch.org Covering Hucclecote and Cooper’s Edge
www.holytrinitylonglevens.org.uk Covering Longlevens
Quedgeley & Kingsway
www.quedgeleychurch.org.uk Covering Quedgeley and Kingsway
Upton St Leonards
www.uptonstleonardschurch.co.uk Covering Upton St Leonard’s & Cooper’s Edge
Churchdown, St John the Evangelist
www.stjohnschurchdown.co.uk Covering part of Churchdown and Innsworth
Churchdown, St Andrew and St Bartholomew
www.new.standrewschurchdown.org.uk Covering part of Churchdown
Highnam with Tibberton, Taynton and Rudford