There are generally two points of contact when arranging a funeral – the undertaker (who may prefer to be thought of as a “funeral director” these days) and the priest from the church who is going to be conducting the service itself.
A funeral should be arranged in a way that ensure that those who will be attending are not rushed or anxious. It is important that either the person arranging the funeral (who will generally be a friend or family member of the person who has died) checks that the church and the person conducting the service are available before agreeing a time with the undertaker.
If your loved one was a regular worshipper at St James the Less, it is entirely appropriate that their funeral service may take the form of a communion service, should you so desire. Many funerals, however, do not include communion.
Rev’d Lynsay will be able to offer advice on the content of the service itself using resources drawn from the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Funeral Rite. If you wish to include other clergy or family members in the leading of the funeral, please speak to Rev’d Lynsay first, so that she can make the necessary arrangements.
The easiest funerals to arrange are for those who have made some preparations for their own funeral before they have died. Rev’d Lynsay is willing to help people to plan ahead and can be used as a resource by those who would like to think about their own funeral whilst they are fit and well.