Our funeral ministry is a very important way that we at All Saints Ilkley serve our community. Whilst Christian funerals give the opportunity to acknowledge our loss and begin to process our grief, they are also filled with hope. Our faith directs us to Jesus Christ, who died but rose from the dead. For Christians, death is not the end.
A quote from scripture, Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies’.
Funerals during the Coronavirus outbreak
Although we cannot conduct funerals within the Church building at this time, our ministers are able to take services at Crematoriums or at the graveside. We understand that this is a difficult time. Our team are here to support you before the service, during, and afterwards for as long as it’s needed.
How can I arrange a funeral?
We recognise that arranging a funeral can feel like a daunting task and we pledge to share that burden in a caring way. Whilst it is appropriate to contact your local church it is wise to contact a local funeral director who will hep you with the practicalities surrounding the funeral. You can contact us directly but most do so through your funeral director. When it is agreed that a minister from the church will be taking the service, the minister will get in touch.
Remembering a loved one
During the current coronavirus outbreak, funerals can only be attended by close relatives. We understand that this will be a very difficult time for many people. Lighting a candle can be a helpful way of praying for someone that has passed away or remembering someone close to you. If you would like to light a virtual candle to remember someone, please click here.
The Book of Remembrance
Names of the deceased can be registered in our Book of Remembrance which is kept on display in the Side Chapel. Please contact Alice, our Administrations Manager for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Living with Loss Service
Every year at the end of October, we hold a special service for bereaved families called ‘Living with Loss’. It is an opportunity to remember our loved ones with thanks, we read names and give friends and members opportunity to prayerfully light a candle in their memory. For more details and to register your interest please contact our Parish Office – email@example.com.