Bereavement, Funerals and Memorial Services
We are here to support you at one of life's most difficult times: the death of someone you love.
A funeral provides the opportunity to:
• pray for your loved one
• commend them to God
• spend some time in reflection and thanksgiving
• mourn your loss
To arrange a funeral please ask your funeral director to contact us. We can advise you about arranging an appropriate service – whether that is a Funeral or a Memorial Service. We can provide a funeral service in church for those who lived in the parish, or have a personal connection with one of our churches, prior to burial or cremation, we can also attend the crematorium to conduct a service.
We can also help before the point of death too – rather than being summoned after the event, we would much prefer to be called during times of serious illness when spiritual questions and anxieties can become particularly prominent for patients and their families.
Support before and at the time of death is what we should all want for ourselves and our loved ones. Often the thoughtful, prayerful company of a member of the clergy can help to guide people through challenging and uncharted waters as their life, or the life of their loved-one, draws to a close.
If you would like to discuss a visit, a Funeral or a Memorial Service please contact the Parish Administrator or Fr Michael.
St Michaels and St Martins Churchyards are maintained by the Church community. They are still open for burials, and the burials of ashes for those resident in the Parish, although there is limited space. Ashes can be laid to rest after a simple service of committal. Memorial stones may be placed, the shape, colour and design are regulated by the Churchyard Regulations
2013 which you can find here: https://exeter.anglican.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Churchyard-regulations-2013-1.pdf . It is not possible to reserve plots in advance.
Commemoration and continued prayer for loved ones:
Each year in November we hold a service of prayer and memorial at All Souls-tide where those whose funerals we have conducted in the last 2 years are commemorated by name and there is the opportunity to light candles in memory of all those who have died. There is also a Book of Remembrance in S Michaels Church where the names of our departed loved ones may be recorded. More details are available from the Parish Administrator.