A funeral is the service we hold to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth.  It is the occasion when family and friends come together to celebrate the person’s life, to say their goodbyes and to commend the person into God’s keeping.

But, death is a subject that many of us don’t like to think or talk about and so when a loved one dies we’re not sure what to do.  Here is some information to help you.

What do I do first?

You may contact your funeral director first or you may wish to talk to the Revd Margaret about what to do. It is important to remember that even if you don’t go to Church, or are not 'religious', it’s still all right to have the funeral at St James’ Church, Taxal, or at Holy Trinity Church.  Even if you prefer to have a service at the Crematorium, Revd Margaret or a member of the Ministry Team will be very happy to take the service. We are here to help you at this difficult time.  This may include helping you to decide whether a burial or a cremation is the right decision to make.

Where will it be?

We hold funerals at both St James’, Taxal and at Holy Trinity Church and also at Macclesfield Crematorium and Stockport Crematorium. We can help you decide which feels right for you.

There is still plenty of room for burials at St James’ Church, Taxal, or for the burial of cremated remains for those who live in the Parish, or on the Electoral Roll or for those who already have a family grave.

What happens next?

Whoever is leading the funeral service will arrange to visit you – this will be one of the clergy or a licensed lay minister. Together you will be able to talk about and plan the service, including thinking about appropriate hymns and readings and whether a family member or friend might wish to give the eulogy/ talk about the person who has died. There are many ways of marking a person's life and death and there is no such thing as a 'standard' funeral service. If you want to use recorded music then that can be arranged The minister who comes to see you will be able to help guide you through all the arrangements.

 Your funeral director will also help to ensure that all the necessary arrangements are made.

You can find more information about what happens at a Church of England funeral at

After the funeral

It is often after the busyness of the funeral that you really feel the loss of your loved one. We try to arrange to visit you again but please let us know if you’re finding it difficult to cope.

On the Sunday nearest All Souls Day (2 November), we hold a Service of Light for the Recently Bereaved, and we invite those who have lost a loved one during the last two years to come to that service.

Planning my funeral

Some people like to plan their own funeral and the Revd Margaret and members of the Ministry Team are happy to meet with you to discuss your plans and to keep a record of your wishes in a safe place.  Please get in touch with Revd Margaret if you want to do this or want to know more.