A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. 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.

As far back into history as we can penetrate, human beings seem to have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.

A funeral service, whether in a parish church or a crematorium chapel, 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 the pattern of service you choose, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and the preciousness to him of every human being.

Our commitment and care doesn’t end when the funeral is over. Because we are an integral part of the community, we are here for you for many years to come if you need us.

If you would like to find out more or would like to book funeral at St. Margaret’s or our other parish church in Allhallows please get in touch with the Reverend Stephen Gwilt on 01634 250637 or via email [email protected] 

After the funeral
People who have lost someone close to them are often so busy with practical details and arrangements between the death and the funeral that they do not experience the full sense of their loss until later.

Grieving is a natural and important part of coming to terms with and healing this loss and it may continue for several months. The local church is there to help with support after a funeral. Please speak to your minister. Sometimes it is those who have suffered a close bereavement themselves, clergy or lay people, who can most easily offer comfort and support to those who mourn.

Comfort is also to be found in the promises of Jesus Christ, in the hope of the Resurrection and in the belief that the beloved person is safe in the hands of God.

St Margaret's Church Address

St Margarets Church, Cooling Rd, High Halstow
Rochester ME3 8SA