Death can happen when you are young or old; it can be expected or sudden; it can be a tragedy or, in some senses, at times, something of a release after long endurance. Christians believe that God's love and power extend over all creation, that as God is with us from before birth and through every second of our life, he does not abandon us when we die but rather rejoices to welcome us to Heaven. Every life, including our own, is precious to God.
Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ’s victory over death at Easter. Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.
St John's Fremantle and St Peter's Palmyra are here to serve all of the people of the parish, whether you come regularly to church or whether you don’t. If you would like to talk about a funeral then please don’t hesitate to contact us, by email or by phone. We are happy to discuss how things work and what might be possible whenever you would like to have that conversation.
The Funeral Service
The funeral can take place in Church but it doesn’t have to. The funeral can take place in Church first, and then conclude at the crematorium or with a burial, or it can happen at the crematorium chapel or graveside. Clergy from the parish are happy to do any of these. The main advantage of having the service in Church first, quite apart from any personal links with the Church building or community, and previous services that have happened there, is that it takes away any sense of time pressure.
The funeral service itself is an occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. The church offers funeral services as a way of providing support and consolation to those who mourn.
If there is anything at all we can do to support you through a bereavement, or if you’d like to think about the outline of a funeral when you’re planning for the future, or if you just have a few questions, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’d be more than happy to help.