Diocese of Portsmouth

Funerals in the Church of England


A Church of England funeral is available to everyone, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed; use the link below to find out how the church can help or contact your local church to find out more:

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Church of England Funerals

Funerals during the coronavirus outbreak

During the national lockdown, between November 5 and December 2, funerals can still take place in church, but with a maximum of 30 people present. The government suggests that only close friends and family attend. Linked ceremonial events such as stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance. Anyone working is not included. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

For details, see the government website here.


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