We are honoured when we are asked to conduct funerals and to mourn the death and celebrate the life of people. It may also be helpful for one of our clergy to pray with the family and the person who is dying.
The best procedure to organise a funeral is to work with one of the local Bendigo funeral directors and tell them you want the funeral at St Paul's. They will then liaise with the cathedral and organise times with us. Our clergy will talk with you about the actual service.
An Anglican funeral has a basic structure:
1. Gathering in God's name
2. Memories of the person who has died
3. Listening to what God has to say through the Bible
4. Prayers of thanks and for those who mourn
5. Farewell prayers
The service usually takes about 30 minutes depending on how long people speak about the person who has died. It is impossible to say everything about a human life and the best eulogies are those that give glimpses about the true character of the person, rather than dates and places.