The loss of a loved one can be very painful. As a church we are well aware of this and the clergy are available to give their time to listen and be with those who are bereaved.

A funeral service is an important way of marking the end of a human life on earth, in which we give thanks to God for the person who has died, commend them to God's love and safe keeping and pray for those who mourn.

Funerals may take place at All Saints' or in a crematorium chapel. They may be quite simple services or great, solemn affairs, be attended by just a few friends and family or take place in a packed church.

There is a very clear framework for Church of England funerals, but there is flexibility and the opportunity for the family to choose readings, hymns and prayers in consultation with the parish priest, so as to ensure that the person who has died is remembered appropriately. We are sensitive to the needs of those who have lost children or for the funerals of those who have died in distressing circumstances.

If the person who has died was a regular communicant, it is sometimes appropriate to celebrate a Funeral Mass or Holy Communion service, which helps us to focus on Jesus' death and resurrection for us and affirms our unity with all who have died in faith.

Although burials do not presently take place in All Saints' churchyard, the Memorial Garden within the churchyard is available for the interment of ashes.

In all cases please do contact the Vicar, who will be glad to help.

Visit Church of England Funerals for guides to organising and attending a funeral.

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All Saints Hockerill, Stansted Road, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2DY

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All Saints' Church, Hockerill belongs to the Diocese of St. Albans, part of the Church of England.

We are also linked to our Church of England school, All Saints C of E Primary & Nursery.