The death of a loved one is always a difficult time. If you are arranging a funeral, then we offer our sympathy and assure you that we will give you the best support that we can.
If you would like one of the clergy to come and pray with someone who is near death, or offer the last rites, please get in touch. This can be a source of great comfort and strength to those nearing the end of their earthly lives. You can call us day or night on 01608 676572.
You may find it helpful to look at the Church of England website here where there is a great deal of useful information and advice.
Funeral and Memorial Services
Anyone is able to ask a Church of England minister to take a funeral for someone they knew and loved. Neither the person who has died nor the person asking has to be a regular churchgoer to have a Church of England funeral – it is open to all. We are always willing to conduct funerals for anyone from within the Benefice who has died, or for those who have had a particular connection to our villages.
The clergy will be happy to talk through planning the service, which may take the form of a funeral, memorial or thanksgiving service. These can be small, quiet reflective ceremonies or a larger occasion and can be conducted in any of our churches or at a crematorium.
In the first instance, we suggest that you contact a local Funeral Director who will be able to make enquiries and arrangements on your behalf. The Funeral Director will then contact the clergy here, and one of us will visit you to discuss arrangements for the funeral. If you are looking for a recommendation for a Funeral Director, we have no hesitation is commending A. L. Sole & Son of Chipping Norton to you [01608 644112].
There is a churchyard at each of our four churches where we can offer burials for anybody who was normally a resident of the Benefice. Burials can also be conducted for people without such a connection in an existing family grave here if there is space. Sadly we do not have the capacity to guarantee burials to people who lived outside of the Benefice. Please ask the Funeral Director to contact the Rector if this applies to you.
Burials of Ashes
We are able to bury cremated remains of residents and non-residents of the Benefice in any of our churchyards. If you wish to arrange for a burial of ashes, please ask your Funeral Director to arrange this on your behalf.
The introduction of memorials, to mark places of burial, are subject to Rules set by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Oxford. These rules seek to ensure that churchyards are both reverent and beautiful, and are kept wisely for future generations; and, that memorial stones match their surroundings and can gradually weather with the passing of time. You can find a summary of the current regulations here. The Rector is always happy to offer guidance.
After the funeral
Following the loss of a loved one, we would want to offer you our caring support not just through the process of arranging the funeral but beyond, if you so wish. People who have lost someone close to them are often so busy with practical details and arrangements that it is only later when they experience a full sense of loss. Grieving is a normal and important part of coming to terms with this loss and may continue for some time. Our clergy are always willing to try to help.
We hold an annual Memorial Service at the beginning of November at which the names of those who have died are read out. Families of those who have had funerals conducted by a minister from the Chase Benefice in recent years are invited to this service. The service this year is to be held on Sunday 4 November 2018 at 4 pm in Enstone Church and will be followed by tea and cake for those who would like to stay.
We know that Christmas can be an especially difficult time following the death of a loved one. We hold a Longest Night Service on the 21 December at 7.30 pm which is a quiet reflective service where we acknowledge our loss and seek to support and comfort each other.
What will the funeral cost?
The fees for funerals, burials and cremations are set by the Church of England nationally and are the same for every church. Your Funeral Director will advise you of the cost and deal with payment to the church on your behalf.
We are here to help
If you would like guidance or help please contact the Rector, Revd. Mark Abrey, on 01608 676572 or by email here.