Death is the only guaranteed certainty about life. It is something that can happen when you are young or old; it can be expected or sudden; it can be a tragedy or a release. Nobody knows for certain what happens when you die, but Christians believe that God’s love and power extend over all creation. Every life, including our own, is precious to God.
Christians have always believed that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Christ over death. Even those who share such faith find that there is a real sense of loss at the death of a loved one. We will each have had our own experiences of their life and death, with different memories and different feelings of love, grief and respect.
The funeral service is an occasion to express our faith and our feelings as we say farewell, to acknowledge our loss and our sorrow, and to reflect on our own mortality. Oxon church offers funeral services as a way of providing support and consolation to those who mourn.
Each year there will be special times when you will wish to remember family members and friends who have died.
You can attend an ‘All Souls Day’ service here at Oxon Church on 2nd November every year. The service has soft music and lovely prayers with the opportunity to light a candle.
This service is available to everyone. You don’t have to be a church member. The funeral of your family member or friend need not have taken place in Oxon Church. You may find the service to be a very helpful experience.