Ringwood Benefice can support you during the difficult period before, during and after the funeral of a loved one. We know that planning a funeral can be an anxious time and we hope you find the information below helpful. If you have any further questions, please get in touch, we'll be happy to help. 

First steps...

After the initial news of the death of someone you knew and loved, there are some important things that need to be done. These are two of the more immediate things:

  1. Register the death. There is some helpful guidance on this on the government’s births, marriages, and deaths advice page.

  2. Meet a Funeral Director. If you’re not yet sure which one to use, you can find one near to you on the National Association of Funeral Directors’ website, or on the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) website.

The Funeral Director will then make contact with Ringwood Benefice to explore the availability of our Churches and Ministers for the Funeral Service. We will then make contact with the Next of Kin or person from the family who is making arrangements and arrange a visit. 

Funeral Service 

We understand that there are so many choices to make in relation to a funeral service and that this can become anxious or even stressful for those making the arrangements. When the Minister visits the family, they will be able to advise on hymns and music choices, bible and other popular readings and can suggest ways in which family members and friends can be involved in the Funeral Service if they wish. 

The Church of England has produced a helpful website which is full of information about arranging funerals and guiding you through the service. You can access the wesbite by clicking here. 


Funeral Directors 

Ringwood Benefice would be grateful if you would complete the form below to allow us to make contact with the family. 

Please click here to complete our Funeral Enquiry Form.