In a time of sadness

11 May 09

The death of a loved one is a hard and painful time.

It is important to mark that time with an event that represents and reveals your feelings.

The feelings can be so mixed-thanksgiving for the life you shared, sadness in the time of loss, guilt because you feel you should have loved better, anger because others did not help, loneliness because no-one grieves as you do, fear for the future, hope that death can not be the end. It can get so tiring, so muddled. At the time you most need to get things right you feel afraid you will get things wrong.

This is when we are here to help. Whether you come to church or not, whether you have clear ideas of what you want or are quite uncertain, whether you want a funeral service at St. Laurence's or at the Crematorium, the vicar, or Mandy or Gwyneth who share in the work, are there for you.

We are here to listen to your needs, to hear about your loved one and to create a personal service which is both honest to your feelings and at the same time brings comfort and hope. Ask your funeral director to get in touch or ring me direct.

For us the Funeral Service is both human and divine. It celebrates every individual -their achievements, their character, their life and love. So no too services can ever be the same because each one of us is unique. But it is also divine because it draws on the strength and love of our Creator God who reveals himself to us in Jesus.

Our care and support does not finish with the funeral service. After the service we shall be  very pleased to dedicate a service at St. Laurence's or St. John's to your loved one. We will also invite you to our annual Memorial Service at St. Laurence's at the end of January. In the meantime we are here to support in whatever way you would find most helpful. 

The loss of a loved one is tough but you need not walk the walk alone. We are there to help.

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Rev. John Langlands

 It is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome you to St Laurence.  Frances, my wife, and I have received a very warm welcome ourselves, so you will not be disappointed when you visit St Laurence.  I am also the vicar of the other churches in Ansley and Arley – St John’s, St Michael’s and St Wilfrid’s.

Being in a rural and farming area in the north part of Coventry Diocese is like coming home for us.  A number of years ago I pastored a church in rural Norfolk which was mainly surrounded by arable farms with some pigs and chickens.  The strong sense of community life was something very special.  This should be particularly valued in these days when many folk live such individual, separate and often lonely lives. 

We have just had hot off the press a visiting card which I hope reflects what our church stands for: ‘You will not walk alone.  Together we are with you on life’s journey’.  Over these next weeks, months and years, I hope we can get to know you better and that you will find Frances and myself not just ‘churchy’ people but friends as well, who enjoy life and plenty of laughter!