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A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It may be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present, or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church.

Whatever its style, it is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.

What do I do first?

You may wish to talk to the Vicar, or you may prefer to contact your funeral director first. Whichever you do, we will do our best to arrange the funeral as smoothly as possible.

Where will it be?

We take funerals in each church – St Peter’s, Prestbury, St John’s, Adlington and the Church of the Resurrection, Upton Priory – and also at Macclesfield Crematorium. We will help you decide which feels right for you.

What happens next?

Whoever is leading the service will arrange to visit you – this may be one of the clergy or a licensed lay minister. You will have time to collect your thoughts, and to talk to other family members if appropriate before this meeting.

Together you will be able to discuss the details of the funeral – such as the readings and music, and who may wish to speak for the one who has died. The minister will be able to offer suggestions and help guide you through the arrangements.

Your funeral director will ensure that all these arrangements are made.

You can find more information about what happens at a Church of England funeral at the C of E website

“I am the resurrection and the life,” says the Lord. “Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Burial or cremation?

We regret that we no longer have room for burials in St Peter’s churchyard except in an existing grave, though it is still possible to have ashes buried here.

For all burials in St Peter's churchyard   Chester Diocesan Churchyard Regulations  must be followed.

After the funeral

It is often after the busyness of the the funeral that the loss hits us hardest. We often arrange to visit again after but please let us know if you’re finding it very difficult to cope. Our prayers remain with you.

Remembrance candle ©: Ilian