funeral picWhen a death occurs it almost always takes us by surprise and it is never an easy time. You are always welcome to talk to us around the time of the death of a loved one.

When it comes to the practicalities, to arrange a funeral in the first instance you should contact the Chaplain who will advise you of the process at St James’ and with your permission will liaise with the Funeral Director on your behalf to find a time for the service which is suitable for all concerned. Anyone who is connected with St James’ Anglican Church, Porto may be entitled to have their funeral service in Church prior to burial or cremation.

A funeral service is an entitlement whether they attended Church or not. For someone who did attend services in a Church, it is most appropriate if their service takes place in the Church where they worshipped.

You will need to be in contact with a Funeral Director at some point to make the arrangements but do feel free to contact the Chaplain in the first instance, who will be able to help and offer advice. The minister who is going to take the service will arrange a meeting to get to know the family beforehand to discuss aspects of the service with them.

After the service you are welcome to keep in touch and St James’ Church will give as much support as it can in the months and years following the death. Each year during November usually on or near All Souls’ Day, there is a memorial service. Relatives of all those whose funeral services have been led by Clergy from St James’ are welcome to attend. Please keep in contact with us to ensure that you are invited.

Some people like to plan their funeral service prior to their death. If you would like to have such a discussion, a member of the clergy at St James’ will be very happy to talk to you about it.

God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God. Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life and that there is new life in Christ over death.

Even those who share such faith find there is a real sense of loss at the time of the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect. The funeral service will

acknowledge this and be an occasion for those present to express their faith and feelings as we say farewell and to acknowledge the feelings of loss and sorrow as we commend the departed into the hands of God. Please be assured the clergy at St James’ will do their very best to support you during this time. To contact the Chaplain click here.

Canon Philip Bourne