Funeral, Crownhill The Ascension
The church is here for you in times of bereavement. Families will usually contact a funeral director who will contact the church. We will work with the funeral director to make this difficult period as easy as possible for you, checking availability of the church and priest, distributing fees, organising organ or choral music and helping with the printing of the order of service if appropriate. Our priest can conduct funeral services either at Ascension or at the crematorium, or a committal at a graveside or crematorium following the church service.

If the service is held at Ascension, we have plenty of parking and turning space, and room for waiting cars.

Regrettably, as a modern church in a busy suburb we have no cemetery, and no plot for the internment of ashes, although this can be arranged with local cemeteries, as can memorial plaques. We remember the departed on the anniversary of their death.

The funeral service
The service contain hymns, readings (at least one from the Bible), and prayers. The address can be given by the priest or by a family member, and sometimes a favourite prayer or poem is chosen. The church organist normally plays for the hymns, and this enables the family and friends to participate. Music can be requested for the organ or the choir, or CDs can be played.

After a funeral service in church the family usually go to the graveyard or crematorium for a short committal, also conducted by the priest. The crematoria in Plymouth are at Weston Mill and Efford, which both have cemeteries, and there are also cemetaries at Ford Park and Drake Memorial Park.

Sometimes an order of service is printed which includes the words of the hymns, the location of the place where you are going to meet for refreshments afterwards if appropriate and details of the charity that you have decided on for donations if it is a matter of ‘family flowers only’.

I am the Resurrection and the life, says the Lord.
St John, ch11 v25

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
St Matthew, ch5 v4