Saying Goodbye

Home » News » Saying Goodbye

Funeral Prayers for use at home

For I am certain that nothing can separate us from his love: neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers or powers, neither the present nor the future, neither the world above nor the world below.For there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8.38-39

The words from the Letter to the Romans are often read at funeral services, and are a fitting reminder to us during the Covid-19 pandemic, that God's love is ever present in our lives, even when we face difficulties and trails.

One of the sad realities of our new 'socially distanced' world and the current restrictions on movement, mean it may not be possible for everyone to attend a funeral, whether for family, friend or neighbour. This adds to our sense of loss and grief, and we miss giving and receiving the support that we find from each other when physically gathering for a funeral or memorial service.

Many are facing this in the current crisis, so the Methodist Church and the Church of England have provided specially written short reflections to help you say your formal goodbyes while remaining in your home. You may wish to use them alone or with those who share your home, and you might like to invite others to take part at the same time from their home.

'Saying Goodbye — For Children' — is an activity sheet designed for young people express their feelings and share memories about their loved one. Although aimed at children, this activity is suitable for all ages.

You may also be interested in

Revd Paul Whittle
URC News

Synod Moderator Paul Whittle is — somewhat unexpectedly — to leave his post at the end of 2020 in order to take up a three year appointment as Moderator of the National Synod of Scotland. Paul says — "This has come as a great surprise to me, as it may to you. I was fully expecting to remain as the Moderator of the Eastern Synod until retirement. However, I was asked to consider this...

Cancel the debt
Social Justice

From JPIT and Christian Aid...Coronavirus is affecting communities around the world. As the pandemic spreads to the poorest countries in the world, fewer resources and funds will mean that the safety nets we've seen at home won't be possible for these communities.That's why charities and organisations around the world are calling for a debt jubilee for poorer countries. This...

Asylum Payment JPIT
Social Justice

News from JPIT (Joint Public Issues Team)...Asylum Seekers currently receive £37 per week in support. During normal times, this isn't enough to live on. During a pandemic, this is dangerous. That's why we're joining with Refugee Action to call for asylum support to be raised by £20 — and we need you to join us.https://act.refugee-action.org...

© 2012 - 2020 Herts and Essex Border Ecumenical Area

Methodist, United Reformed Church and Anglican Churches in Partnership