Everyone is entitled to have their funeral conducted at their parish church whether they attended church or not. Funeral arrangements are normally made through a Funeral Director but more information can be obtained from the local vicar.
A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can occur at a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church, and we are happy to advise about making appropriate arrangements for a funeral service at St Andrews.
Where a cremation is is desired for the deceased, a church service can still be conducted prior to the cremation or a memorial service can be conducted immediately after or some days or weeks following the cremation. You are welcome to contact the local vicar to discuss these options.
Leicester Forest East parish council is unable to offer burial facilities due to the high water table in the area. However St Andrew’s Church maintains a Garden of Remembrance where the loose cremated remains of the deceased can be interred.
St Andrew’s also maintains a Book of Remembrance inside the church for naming and remembering those who have died, irrespective of where and when the funeral took place. Those entered in the Book of Remembrance are named, and their family and friends prayed for, close to the anniversary of the death of the deceased every year.
Our Friendship and Bereavement Group meets monthly and offers a welcome to all.
You may find the information provided on the Church of England Funerals web site helpful.