Funerals

A funeral marks the close of someone’s life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for a person who has now completed their journey in this world. Christians believe that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ gives them hope and cause for thanksgiving in the face of death. In this faith, we entrust those who have died to the infinite mercy and love of God. A Methodist funeral service acknowledges this hope and offers bereaved people the opportunity to remember their loved one’s life and offer them into God’s care.

If you have recently lost a loved one, we would be pleased to help and support you in what is one of the most difficult times in life. The funeral service can include music, poems, readings and other special memories.

Please contact the minister at your earliest opportunity, either directly or through your funeral director. It is a good idea to find out about the availability of the minister before booking the time and date of the funeral. You should find that the professionals in hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, register offices etc will all be helpful in taking you step-by-step through the processes you should follow.

As is usual for funerals, the minister will charge a fee for their work (although there is no charge for church members). This fee is often arranged through your funeral director.

More information from the Methodist Church 

What to do After a Death in Scotland (Scottish Government information)