Funerals in Clyne Church Brora
Bereavement is one of the hardest experiences we face in our lives. The death of someone dear to us is the greatest loss we will encounter. We are here to help and support you, both at the time of bereavement and in the months and years to come. We have a lot of experience of helping people through their loss and grief, acknowledging that a bereavement is often a deeply painful experience.
We also know the importance within the bereavement process is having the ability to say “goodbye”, and a funeral can be a source of healing for family and friends. If you are the one to organise a funeral, know that the Church of Scotland offers a Christian funeral to anyone and everyone who wishes it. The funeral service is an opportunity for individuals, families and a community to come together to pay their respects to a loved one and to recognise with thanksgiving the life of that person. It is a step along the way as we say our farewells and can be very helpful as a moment both to celebrate the life of your loved one and to start the process of healing our broken hearts.
We are here to help you plan that service and to support you at such times.
Click/tap on the following questions and answers which may help you as you think about next steps…..
What if I am not a member of Clyne Parish Church?
Our care and concern is for all those who live within our parish, whether a church member or not, and whether you have faith or not yourself. We are here to support you at times such as these and will do what we can to offer that help.
Where will the funeral service take place?
You have options here.
The full service can be held in Clyne Parish Church itself followed by a short drive to Clyne Cemetry for the committal.
If the Funeral Director has the appropriate facilities, the service can be held at their own premises with a committal for the body thereafter either at a crematorium or graveside.
Sometimes the full funeral service and committal all take place at the crematorium or graveside. The nearest crematorium is in Inverness which is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Brora.
Should circumstances mean that the committal will already have taken place before the service there is an option for a Memorial Service to be held later at the church at which the person who has died is remembered.
Who will conduct the service?
If you wish Clyne Parish Church to be involved with the funeral, then please let your Funeral Director know and they will get in touch with us to make arrangements. The service would normally be conducted by our minister Rev Lorna Tunstall however should she not be available for any reason, the service would be conducted by another Church of Scotland minister or a trained reader or elder.
Can family / friends be involved in the service?
Yes, absolutely. This can take many forms. The person conducting the service will meet with you and talk with you about the service and about your loved one’s life. They will help you to decide on any music to be used or hymns that will be sung and to talk about what else will be contained in the service.
If a family member or friend wishes to give the eulogy, read a poem, sing a song or play a musical piece in tribute, these can be incorporated into the service and you will be given guidance on these based on their experience.
What will the funeral service be like?
While most funeral services have certain elements that are common, each one is different as it is tailored to suit the particular situation.
A service led by the Minister will be a Christian one and will usually incorporate a reading from the Bible and a prayer. These will be incorporated into the service in such a way as to help those at the funeral service through their emotions, offering the chance to remember, to give thanks, to seek healing and offer hope.
Funeral services can be filled with many different emotions: sometimes tears, of course, at other times laughter in remembering funny stories, but we always strive to make them meaningful and appropriate for the person and family.
What will it cost?
There is no fee or cost associated with the services of the Minister. If the service is held at the Funeral Director’s premises, the crematorium or graveside there is thus no charge from Clyne Parish Church.
If the church building is used there is a charge for the actual use of the church building of (£150) along with an additional charge should an organist be required.