Funerals and Memorial Services
When we are asked to conduct a funeral or memorial service we take special care because this is one of the most important times in the life of the bereaved family.
We consider these services to be a time of Celebration and Thanksgiving; an opportunity to remember, a time to smile at those memories and a time to be sad.
This is a special opportunity to tell the story of a person’s life and to share the Good News that death is not the end but a new beginning; an opportunity for friends and family to pay their respects to the person who has died and to begin the healing as they surround you with warmth and loving support.
If you have been bereaved recently and would like the funeral service to be conducted at Ickenham URC, please contact a funeral director to make these arrangements.
Bereavement Support Group
Following a funeral service taken either at Ickenham URC or by St Giles’ Church staff, bereaved families are offered a visit by a fully trained member of the Bereavement Support Group. This one-to-one support is usually given in the home of the bereaved person.
At 2pm on the third Monday of each month, a drop-in is held in the St Giles’ Church Hall when anyone who is bereaved can come to talk informally with some visitors over a cup of tea. This is open to anyone in the community who is affected by a loss that has occurred recently or a long time ago. The dates of the drop-in sessions are advertised each month in the Ickenham Church News.
Memorial Service Remembering Loved Ones is held annually in May in St Giles’ Church for those who have been bereaved in the previous year. During the service the names of those who have died, and whose funerals were conducted at the Ickenham URC or by St Giles’ Church staff, will be read out. Members of the Bereavement Support Group will be present. After the service, the congregation will be invited for refreshments in the St Giles’ Church Hall. The date is advertised in Ickenham Church News and anyone who would find this service helpful is welcome to attend.
Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always; trust also in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If it were not so I should have told you; for I am going to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and take you to myself, so that where I am you may be also.
John 14: 1-3