As we are the parish Newbattle our ministers are always there to be with people through the time of bereavement. Our availability is not dependent upon whether your family has a church affiliation or not.
Death marks the close of an earthly life, and the funeral is an opportunity for friends and family to gather together to share their memories and all the complex feelings that attend the death of someone who has been a central part of their lives. The practical arrangements for a funeral are made in conjunction with the Funeral Director.
You may wish to have the funeral in one of our Church buildings (Newbattle, Newtongrange or Mayfield/Easthouses)followed by a burial. A service in the church might be expected to last for about 25-30 minutes or the Crematorium.
During the service the minister will bring the person to mind in the way you would wish, all the while reminding us all of the deep love of God that stays with us even through death.
Children usually handle funeral services well, and are welcome to attend with a known and trusted adult. There is nothing that would scare them, and they too have feelings which need an opportunity to be expressed.
Continuing pastoral care
Our ministers are here afterwards to support, comfort and link together both grief and hope. A member of the Ministry Team will arrange to visit you soon after the funeral. The Ministry Team and the church community continue to be concerned for you in the days, weeks and months or years following your bereavement. If your experience of bereavement has raised any questions of faith, or if you need ongoing support, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Ministry Team at any time. You will always be welcome to draw strength from worship at Newbattle.
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