Help and guidance when a loved one dies
This section is about the practicalities of what to do when a loved-one dies. For more information about what death is - and what comes next - see the After this Life section in The Basics part of the website.
What to do when a loved one dies
- Contact a funeral director. (Look in the Yellow Pages if necessary.)
The funeral director helps you sort out all the practical details, such as removal of body from home, announcements in the press, type of coffin, etc. They will liaise with the Rector about date and time of service (and organises paying all church/ crematorium related fees, including the organist).
- Contact the Rector or church minister. He helps you arrange the service (see below) and pastorally to get through the next period of time.
- Decide on where you'd like the service.
At a Norwich crematorium and maybe afterwards the ashes to be buried at the local church or crematorium. Or at church with burial or service at church followed by committal at crematorium.
- Arrangement of the funeral service.
Discuss with Rector details such as hymns, Bible reading and other suitable readings, family tribute, organist, where the grave will be, what the order of events is when you arrive for the funeral and where you will sit, etc. We have lists of suitable hymns and readings.