Funerals and bereavement

A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.  Ministers from St Giles’ Church are available to conduct funerals either in church or at a Crematorium.

If you have been bereaved recently and would like someone from St Giles’ to conduct the funeral, please contact a funeral director to make these arrangements.  We endeavour to meet all requests to conduct funerals where the deceased resided in the parish, or where a close relative of the deceased lives in the parish.

Following a funeral taken by one of the ministers from St Giles’ Church, bereaved families are offered a visit by a fully trained member of the Bereavement Support Group (BSG).  This one-to-one support is usually given in the home of the bereaved person.


At 2pm on the third Monday of each month, a drop-in is held in the St Giles’ Church Hall when anyone who is bereaved can come to talk informally with some visitors over a cup of tea.  This is open to anyone in the community who is affected by a loss that has occurred recently or a long time ago.  The dates of the drop-in sessions are advertised each month in the Ickenham Church News.

Memorial Service Remembering Loved Ones 2019

On Sunday 12 May 2019 there will be a Memorial Service at 3pm. at St Giles’ Church for those who are bereaved. During the service the names of those who have died, whose funerals were conducted at Ickenham URC or by St Giles’ Church staff between the beginning of March 2018 and the end of February 2019, will be read out. Members of the Bereavement Support Group will be present. After the service, the congregation will be invited for refreshments in the St. Giles’ Church Hall. Anyone who would find this service helpful is welcome to attend.

Useful links:

Cruse Bereavement Care factsheets

Bereavement Care

The following document provides details of sources of support and social activities locally BSG Local Contacts Spring 2019

As Christians, we have found our faith in God’s love and purposes for us provides comfort and strength at difficult times in our lives including bereavement.

Helpful Prayers:

Almighty God, you make nothing in vain and love all you have made.  Comfort us in our sorrow and console us in the knowledge of your unfailing love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Thank you, God, that you are with me in my grief.  You will not leave me here, but help me to work through it.  Please give me strength for today.  Amen

Helpful Bible Passages:

‘Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.’  (Matthew 5.4)

John 14.1-6