in the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool

Walton Deanery


It is inevitable that death touches all of us, and the Church has an

important place in supporting people through this difficult time.

When a loved one dies we all want the opportunity to express our grief

and give thanks for a life that has been completed in this world.

A Christian funeral also enables people commend a person into God's


The funeral service of the Church of England aims to reflect the personality

of the person who has died as well as the circumstances of their death.

The service may be very short, quiet and with a few close friends and family. It could be a larger service with music, hymns and a packed church. The words and actions in the service all speak of a God who loves the world and sees every human being as precious.

We understand that organising a funeral is a very difficult time and that the bereaved want to arrange something that respects the wishes of the person who died. Our clergy regard this as an important part of their work and will try and spend as much time with family and friends. They will offer comfort as well as finding out what service is wanted and helping to arrange the details.

Everyone has the right to a funeral in their parish church, whether they go to that church or not. Our clergy will work to make sure that the funeral makes a fitting end to someone's life in this world.

To begin the process of planning a funeral please contact the clergy at your local church - you can find contact details on the “Our churches” page.

Our clergy will talk with you, and together you can work on a meaningful and personal service.