The passing of a loved one is never an easy time. At St Thomas’, we will do all we can to support you through this difficult time. The service can include a Eulogy or talk about the person’s life, time for reflection, music, readings, poems and the things that mean something to you and those gathered. The service in church may then be followed by a committal leading to cremation at a local crematorium or burial at the same.

Finding a place in which to remember those we love is very important. At St Thomas’, our church grounds has a garden of remembrance where the ashes of loved ones can be buried. Due to space constraints, this is only available to people with Stopsley connections. Prior to the burial of ashes, a brief service is held at the memorial site before the interment.

Whatever life throws at us it is important to know that somebody is there. The Clergy or a member of the Pastoral Care team are very happy to meet with you and listen. Many have found great comfort and support at times of bereavement or personal loss in the church family and the knowledge that others are remembering them in their prayers. Don’t be afraid to ask for a minister to visit you or just come along to church and see for yourself.

We don’t like to talk about dying, but it will come to us all and being prepared is really important. Often families will say, “I don’t really know what… would have liked.” Well, we can help our relatives by thinking about the things that are important to us and writing them down so they have something to help them when planning our funeral service. This may seem strange, but it does really help those whom we love when we are no longer around to do so.