A message from the Vicar - Revd Martin Flowerdew

Sadly, people are dying and not just those affected by the Coronovirus. All of us are suffering the effects of safeguards put in place to protect us from the virus and none more so that those whose loved ones die.

Restrictions on people attending a service at the Crematorium or at the Graveside allow just the spouse or partner, parents and children.  This leaves many family and friends unable to attend. The Church of England has put together a simply to use ‘Reflection’ Service Order that you can use in your home perhaps at the time of the service elsewhere – so that you can at least share a little in saying goodbye and letting go.

It’s so difficult when you can’t go to a funeral, whether for family, friend or neighbour. Many are facing this in the current crisis, so this short reflection has been specially written by a vicar for you to do at home, alone or with those who share your home. You might ask others to take part at the same time from their home.

When this time of social distancing is over, there may well be an opportunity to meet together at a special time of remembering and thankfulness. Your memories now can be part of that experience when the time comes.

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8.38-39

A simple reflection at home on the day of a funeral you can’t attend.

The link for the Document is:


or download the PDF – Simple Reflection at home