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3. Funerals

‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord’ 

One of the most life changing events in life is in fact death. For the person who has died life is changed not ended as it says in the Funeral Mass. For those who mourn them, life will never be the same again.

We at St. Margaret’s believe we have a special ministry to the grieving. When a death occurs it is never an easy time. A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life, which has now completed its journey in this world, and to commend the person into God's keeping. A funeral service in the Church of England - whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel - may be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present, or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a full church. A funeral may also be set within a celebration of the Mass. This is also called a Funeral Requiem.Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to him of every human being and the Christian hope of resurrection.

The Church of England has centuries of expertise in helping families who are living with bereavement. At St. Margaret’s our parish priest supported by all who worship here believe that families deserve the very best of care when faced with death. Our pledge is to offer that care whenever anyone asks for it. Father Martin always feels that it is a great privilege to be asked to conduct a funeral or offer a Funeral Requiem. So if you need help in planning the faith element in a funeral service and would like to use our parish priest then ask you funeral director to contact Father Martin.

We also have the God given beauty of our Churchyard. Burial of a body is available in the Churchyard for a resident of Rottingdean. There is also a beautiful Garden of Remembrance where cremated remains can be interred in the lawn; this is also available to non-residents of Rottingdean. It could be that your loved one used to visit the Village and you may therefore consider our Garden of Remembrance to be the final resting place.

For further information please contact the Church Office on 01273 301632.

Christopher Stringer who is the Village Funeral Director. He has a lot of knowledge regarding the Churchyard and can be contacted on 01273 306000 (office). If you are enquiring about finding information about family graves in the Churchyard, please email Christopher on christopher.stringer@cpjfield.co.uk He will be able to advise you on the fees payable to the Church for searching of family graves.


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