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. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church. Crofton Parish wishes to stand by you and be with you during this difficult period in your life.
We are willing to hold a funeral for anyone who lived in the parish regardless of whether they attended church or not. You can use the contact form at the bottom of this page or phone the parish office to start making arrangements. A member of our clergy will then contact you to explain the service and discuss suitable hymns and readings. There are a number of people in the Parish staff team who are licensed to take a funeral service, so it may be the vicar, a curate or a reader who contacts you.
Neither Holy Rood nor St. Edmund’s Church have a churchyard that is open for burials, but either may be used for the funeral service. Crofton Cemetery, which is managed by Fareham Council, is next to St. Edmund’s Church. Members of clergy can also take the funeral service at Portchester Crematorium.
The minister who conducts the funeral will be in touch with the Bereavement Care Visiting Team co-ordinator who then arranges for a member of the team to contact the next of kin to enquire if a visit would be helpful. Some useful leaflets on bereavement and details of groups and services provided through the Crofton Churches are also given to the next of kin, whether or not they have a visit. This information is normally delivered by hand.
The Bereavement Care Visitor will also leave their telephone number and the number of the Churches’ administrator so that contact may be made later if required.
Anyone whose loved one’s funeral service has been dealt with through the parish will be invited to come to the annual Memorial Service at Holy Rood Church, Stubbington, on the third Sunday in October at 3 pm. This gentle, sensitive service provides an opportunity to remember that special person and to light a candle if wished. Tea and cakes are served afterwards in the Church Centre, with opportunity to talk to clergy and members of the bereavement visiting team.
The service is open to anyone who has been bereaved whether recently or a while ago.
The parish also organises a Cup of Tea and Company group. This friendship & support group meets every second Tuesday of the month throughout the year for all those who may be finding it difficult to adjust to their new circumstances after losing a loved one.
Please complete this form if you would like someone to contact you about arranging a funeral