Funerals in the churches of the Parish

A funeral service marks the passing of a life. Some deaths are especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected, others bring sought after release. Funerals generate many many emotions, rekindle memories, remind us of the fragility of life. A funeral helps us to make sense of life and death. Funerals in the Parish of Cowley may take place in St Francis Church, Hollow Way or in St James Church, Beauchamp Lane or in one of the Chapels at the Oxford Crematorium. 

Some people find planning a funeral difficult, so a member of our ministry team will be very glad to help you choose hymns or songs, prayers, suitable Bible Readings and poems. The funeral service follows a clear plan that celebrates life in the face of death. It moves from earth to heaven; from the greeting at the door, to remember the life of the person who had died. If can bring comfort and reassurance. Please call the Parish Office if you would like to speak with someone about a funeral and how we can help.

Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide. Please come and talk to one of our ministry team about what is possible.

You can see the outline of a church funeral service here and the full text of a typical funeral service here.

Link to diocesan churchyard regulations here