The Church of England offers some helpful advice , click on the main picture below to find out more

We are sorry for your loss

We are very sorry for your loss. Pleased be reassured our prayers for you and your loved on.

When the time comes to arrange a funeral, it can be a very difficult – especially if you have recently been bereaved.

We can help

Irrespective to whether you are already connected to one of our churches, please let us know about your news.  We would be very happy to visit you in your home, support you with the arrangements and pray for you and your family at this difficult time.

What to do when someone has died

After receiving the initial news concerning the death of someone, there are some important things that need to be done.   Visit the government website, click on the icon.

Some things to consider before meeting the Funeral Director

Help available

Full Burial or Cremation ?

Where to hold the service

Meet with you and pray for you

If you would benefit from a chaperone during your visit to the funeral directors, we are happy to help.

There are also helpful websites available.   

This is an important consideration.    the person who has died might have have indicated their wishes.   If this is not the case, you might wish to discuss this with other family members and close friends, in order to establish what is appropriate.   

One consideration, is that many churchyards can no longer accommodate full burials.   However they can offer the burial of cremated remains.

All of our churches are very happy to his tooth’s important occasion.   Have a chat with your local priest beforehand, in order to establish how arrangements can be made.

Sometimes a ‘church funeral’ has the advantage of being able to provide more available time for the service.   This might be particularly important if the person who has died has provided lots of instructions for the service, or if there are several family members and friends who wish to ‘say a few words’.

If you choose a Church of England funeral service -irrespective of whether it is held in church or at the crematorium- the local parish parish priest will very likely visit you in your home.

They will help you plan the funeral service, listen to the story of the person that you knew.   They will also pray for you and for the person who has died.

Local Funeral Directors

Abbott & Rees

245 Abbotsbury Road DT4 0LY

01305 766 711

Cotton & Son

1 Milton Road,DT4 0AZ

01305 76 76 76


130 Abbotsbury Road, DT4 0JS

01305 772 789 op

Rose Funeral 

35 Shrubbery Lane, DT4 9LY

01305 785 832


11A Icen Way, Dorchester DT1 1EW

01305 250 425

Funeral Enquiries concerning

Jeremy Brading Incumbent Status Parish Priest
I'm the parish priest with full time oversight of each of the five parishes that make up the Chesil Churches. I work with my colleague Revd Margaret Preuss-Higham. Speak to me if you have queries relating to Holy Trinity Fleet or St Mary Chickerell.

Funeral Enquiries concerning

Margaret Preuss Higham
Margaret Preuss-Higham Associate Priest & Archdeaconary Rural Support Officer
I work with Jeremy and have day to day pastoral responsibility, specifically for the parishes of Abbotsbury, Langton Herring and Portesham. Contact me with regard to any area of priestly ministry in these parishes. I am usually available on Mondays, Tuesdays and every Sunday.