A funeral marks 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. As Christians we believe that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Jesus after death. This faith is expressed through the hymns and prayers of the funeral service.
If you are visiting these pages after suffering a bereavement, we would like to offer our condolences.
Anyone who has lived in the parish of Sandbach can have their funeral service in St Mary’s, indeed we would positively encourage you to make the service a church service.
You may wish to arrange the funeral yourself in which case please contact the vicar.
More likely you may have already been in touch with a funeral director to undertake the arrangements for you. The contact details of our local firms are here.
From our experience, they all are to be recommended. They will be able to help you with many of the practical details about arranging the service.
Usually a committal will take place at one of our local crematoria (Crewe, Vale Royal) or a burial at Sandbach Cemetery.
Once a time and date for the funeral service is made, the minister who will be taking the service will be in touch with you and will then discuss the content of the service with you in more detail.
Please be assured of our prayers at this difficult time. The names of all those who have died recently are remembered every day in St Mary’s until the funeral and placed on the weekly “pewsheet".
In October we will contact you to invite you to a special All Saintstide evening service at the beginning of November where we remember the faithful departed.
There are some very useful and thoughtful resources at the new Church of England Funeral website
A matter of fact practical guide of the legal and social implications can be found on GOV.UK website entitled "What to do after someone dies"