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If you have come to this section of the website because you need to arrange a funeral then this is likely to be a difficult time for you and so we hope that these pages will make working out the details of the arrangements easier for you.

As you prepare to say goodbye to someone that you love, the church here in the Diocese of Southwark has worked hard to make sure that there will always be a priest available to take the service.

In order to arrange a funeral you will need to go to a Funeral Directors. It may be that you have one which is well known in your area or one that your family usually uses or one that has been recommended to you.

The Funeral Director will help you to decide on the best time and place for the service. It may be that you would like the funeral service to take place in the local parish church (especially if the deceased was a church goer): please make this request known to the Funeral Director. If this is the case, the committal would then take place in the cemetery or crematorium. If you know that there is a priest that the person who has died would have liked to take the service or a church that they attended do tell the Funeral Director and ask them to try to ensure that the priest takes the service and that you can use the church should you so wish.

In addition, it will be important for you to decide whether or not the person who has died would have wanted to be buried or cremated. It may be that they have expressed their wishes about this to members of the family or have left written instructions as to what they want to happen after they have died. The funeral Directors will help you to think about these things and the type of music that you would like to have when you get to see them, but it might help to have given it some thought before you arrive.