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. For those who mourn them, life will never be the same again.

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 building. 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 Vicar, 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. 

We have a beautiful Churchyard. Burial of a body is permitted for a resident of the ecclesiastical Parish of Rottingdean (the boundaries of which are not the same as the village of Rottingdean) or a  member of the Parish Church’s Electoral Roll (usually a worshipping member of the congregation). There are some plots available in the Garden of Remembrance for the interment of ashes, again for a resident of the ecclesiastical parish of Rottingdean or a member of the Parish Church’s Electoral Roll (usually a worshipping member of the congregation). Exceptions to this policy may be made at the pastoral discretion of the Vicar. 

(Please note that the Lawn of the Garden of Remembrance is now closed for all interments following legal advice from the Registry of the Diocese of Chichester.)


For further information please contact Fr Anthony on 01273 281 302 or e-mail fr.anthony@stmargaret.org.uk