For I am convinced
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers,
nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8.38)

The Church has always walked alongside those, and all who love them, who pass from this life into death.

Funerals in the Scottish Episcopal Church are conducted by authorised ministers (clergy or lay readers) and they are your first point of contact in making funeral arrangements. Services can take place in a church, at a crematorium, or at the graveside.

Funeral services are structured according to the Funeral Rites of the Scottish Episcopal Church and these provide a framework for prayerful celebration of the life of those ‘we love but see no longer’, commending them to God’s keeping and proclaiming the fullness of the life of God’s Kingdom. Within these funeral rites, those who are arranging the service are able to select appropriate readings, hymns and music and the minister conducting the service can assist you with this.

To arrange a funeral for a loved one or to make plans for your own funeral, contact the clergy at your local church.