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Funerals

A funeral represents both a last public farewell and an opportunity to give thanks to God for having given life to someone we have loved. For Christians, funerals should take place in church. We are happy to hold funeral services or memorial services in church for anyone who has lived in North Acton or been connected with our church or community. You can choose to have a funeral in a crematorium, but you should be aware that local crematoria in London limit each service to 20 minutes maximum - it's a hymn, a prayer, and "time's up". By having a funeral or memorial service in church, those time restraints are lifted, and people can be free to remember peacefully, and to give thanks. We therefore strongly recommend that you tell your families and friends that you wish to have your funeral service in church.


The following are all available to you at St Gabriel's church:
  • Funeral service - to celebrate and to commend, at the end of a life
  • Memorial service - to remember and give thanks at a later date, after a funeral
  • Funeral requiem - a funeral service in the context of Holy Communion
  • Requiem low mass - a mass offered for the departed at a time other than the funeral
  • Reception of the body - the coffin can be received into church the night before the funeral
  • Office of commendation - a service of prayers prayed in church the day before a funeral
  • Funeral planning - we can record details of your wishes for your own funeral and keep them on file
  • Year's Mind - church members may be entered into this record, on their death, for annual anniversary remembrance
  • All Souls' Day - annually on 2nd November a requiem is offered for all the faithful departed

We are able to offer you advice on all aspects of funeral and memorial services, including music, printing of orders of service, readings, poems, and other ways of personalising the service. Please contact us for help.