At St Matthew's we are very honoured to help and support families in time of bereavement. If a loved one has recently died and you would like support please do not hesitate to get in touch via phone or email and we will get back to you as soon as we can. You can find our details on the contact us page.
You may be wondering what you need to do, and where to find help. You can find help on the Government website, or from a hospice, hospital or your GP; but there are esentially three main things you need to do: get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital; register the death; and arrange the funeral.
When arranging a funeral you can either appoint a funeral director or arrange it yourself. Either way, as a church we can offer you help and advice, prayer and support.
Our ministers would be happy to conduct a service for you either at a crematorium, in our church, or at a cemetary or Funeral Director's chapel.
If you are using a Funeral Director to arrange the funeral they will ask who you would like to conduct the service. You don't need to be a regular attender of church to have a Church of England minister, we are here to serve everyone, so please feel free to ask for us, we'd be happy to assist you.
St Matthew's Church has an extensive graveyard, and you may well be able to have a burial here. Anyone who lived in the parish, died in the parish, has a family grave, or is a member of the church has the right to be buried here. The regulations which govern the use of churchyards in the Diocese of Manchester can be found here.
All Souls' Service
Every year in the autumn, we also invite families to whom we have ministered to our All Souls Service where we remember all those who have died during the past year. The date and time of our All Souls service is published well in advance on our calendar.
A prayer for the recently bereaved
O God, who has brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
and guve us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ.