How to arrange a Funeral

On this page, you can find information about organising a Funeral at St. Paul's Church, Hathershaw, Oldham. Our aim is to to work with you to produce a service that is both a fitting act of worship, but is also as personal as possible, using music, readings and a tribute to help everyone to call to mind what was special about your loved one.

We seem to give them back to thee, O God, who gavest them first to us. Yet as thou didst not lose them in giving, so do we not lose them by their return. Not as the world giveth, givest thou, O Lover of souls. What thou givest, thou takest not away, for what is thine is ours also if we are thine. And life is eternal and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing, save the limit of our sight. Lift us up, strong Son of God, that we may see further; cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly; draw us closer to thyself that we may know ourselves to be nearer to our loved ones who are with thee. And while thou dost prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place, that where thou are we may be also for evermore. (attributed to Bede Jarrett)


There must be at least one reading from the Bible. A link to a selection of readings from the Bible.

Many families choose non-biblical readings or poems as well. A link to a selection of non-biblical readings.