Can we have poems or readings by members of the family or friends?
Every funeral is very precious to all who attend. Poems, readings and memories add to the service and make it more personal. Talk to the minister about what you would like and see how it fits in.
What about music?
There is a lot to think about when you are choosing the best music for a funeral. If you are having hymns will anyone know them or sing them? If you have a special song in mind or a piece of music how will it sound on an organ? You will need to talk this through with both the minister and the organist.
What do you charge for funerals?
It rather depends on what you or the person you are arranging it for would prefer.
Funeral in church followed by burial in the Sudbury Cemetry
Fee payable to diocese £96
Total fee payable £238 (this has not changed for 2016)
Fee payable to diocese (via minister) £96
Total fee payable £258 (in winter) (this has not changed for 2016)
*(Fee = £249 if Crematorium at 3 Counties Crematorium as travel is then £11)
Funeral at West Suffolk Crematorium (no service in church)
Fee payable to diocese (via minister) £150
Total fee payable £198 (this has not changed for 2016)
*(Fee £189 if Crematorium at 3 Counties as travel is then £11)
*Travel expenses for the minister is only an estimated figure and would
need to be discussed at the time £20 is normally the maximum.