Funeral Planning and Information

This form is for arranging certain elements of your funeral. To guide you, there is an Anglican Funeral Service (under the information you provide). The Funeral Service has suggested readings and suggestions for where hymns may be sung. You may wish to fill this in with a minister or pastoral worker, if so please do ask.

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Information you provide

Tip: Funeral Director: organisation, name and contact details

Tip: Note: you may nominate passages here or select any of the suggested passages in the Anglican Funeral Service below

Tip: Note: you may nominate a Psalm here here or select any of the suggested Psalms in the Anglican Funeral Service below

Funeral Service

Extracts from A Prayer Book for Australia

A Funeral Service



The minister greets the congregation.
Grace and peace from the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

The minister may continue with these or similar words.
We have come together
to thank God for the life of N,
to mourn and honour him/her,
to lay to rest his/her mortal body,
and to support one another in grief.
We face the certainty of our own death and judgement.
Yet Christians believe that those who die in Christ
share eternal life with him.
Therefore in faith and hope we turn to God,
who created and sustains us all.

A hymn, anthem or canticle may be said or sung, or music may be played.

The following is said.
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord.
Those who believe in me, even though they die, yet will they live.
John 11.25

The people may join with the minister in saying
[Let us pray.]
Loving God, you alone are the source of life.
May your life-giving Spirit flow through us,
and fill us with compassion, one for another.
In our sorrow give us the calm of your peace.
Kindle our hope, and let our grief give way to joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


A member of the family or a friend may speak about the person who has died.

Members of the family and congregation may be invited to place flowers or symbols on or near the coffin.
A period of silence and/or music may follow or a visual tribute.

Tip: Other suitable Psalms are 46 and 71


To have a friend or family member read out the passage(s), please list their names above at the section - Names of people I would like to take part in my funeral:

The Sermon
A period of silence may follow.

A hymn may be used here.


To have a friend or family member lead the prayers, please list their names above at the section - Names of people I would like to take part in my funeral:


A hymn may be used here.

The minister may say the following or other prayers.
Lord Jesus Christ, you gave new birth to our brother/sister N
by water and the Spirit.
Grant that his/her death may recall to us
your victory over death,
and be an occasion for us
to renew our trust in your Fathers love.
Give us, we pray, the faith to follow
where you have led the way,
to live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
to the ages of ages. Amen.

The minister says
Let us entrust our sister/brother N to the mercy of God.

Holy and loving Father,
by your mighty power you gave us life,
and in your love you have given us new life
in Christ Jesus.
We entrust N to your merciful keeping:
in the faith of Jesus Christ,
who died and rose again to save us,
and now lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit
in glory for ever. Amen.


The committal of the body may take place at this point, if it is not to occur at the graveside or crematorium.
Facing the coffin, the minister says

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you have given us a sure and certain hope
of the resurrection to eternal life.
In your keeping are all who have departed in Christ.
We here commit the body of our dear brother/sister N
to be cremated
to the deep
to be buried in the ground,
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died, and was buried, and rose again for us,
and who shall change our mortal body
that it may be like his glorious body.
The congregation may join with the minister
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The minister says
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore. Amen.
or the priest says
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. Amen.

The minister may say
Go in peace in the name of Christ. Amen.

As the body is carried out, a hymn may be sung

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,
and giving life to those in the tomb.
The Sun of Righteousness is gloriously risen,
giving light to those who sat in darkness
and in the shadow of death.
Christ will open the kingdom of heaven
to all who believe in him, saying,
Come, O blessed of my Father;
inherit the kingdom prepared for you.
Lord now you let your servant go in peace:
your word has been fulfilled.
My own eyes have seen the salvation:
which you have prepared in the sight of every people;
a light to reveal you to the nations:
and the glory of your people Israel.
Luke 2.2932

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