Simon Harvey, vicar of St Mary's, writes:
My dear wife Jennifer died on 22 March, following a short illness.
I am touched by all the prayers and support for our family in the recent weeks. We are unimaginably saddened that Jennifer should die so unexpectedly and we know that many, many people will be sharing our sorrow.
Jennifer loved life and people. She loved her work at Remploy, seeking to enable people with disabilities to find and sustain employment. This reflected her wider values for justice, equality and inclusion. She loved to see the arrogant unthroned and the lowly lifted up. Her Christian faith was the foundation of her living life in all its fullness.
We have shared 36 wonderful years - adventures that we couldn't have imagined when we first met at school. Jennifer taught me all the important things. She loved her friends fiercely and was so very proud of our sons, Jon and Phil. Her last words to us were, "I love my family."
Jennifer and I talked about funerals often. She knew the value of people getting together with gratitude for all that's been good in a person's life, to worship God and to comfort each other. She made me promise that I should encourage as many people as possible to attend her funeral. If you're wondering whether you know Jennifer sufficiently to be welcome to come to her funeral, you are.
The funeral service will be at 2pm on Monday 11 April 2016 at our church of St Mary, Islington, Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2TX. The Bishop of Stepney, The Rt Revd Adrian Newman, will conduct the service.
The service will last up to an hour and will be followed by light refreshments in church, during which there'll be lots of opportunity to catch up with friends, family and colleagues. (As the committal prayer will be part of the funeral service, everyone will remain at the church and not go to the crematorium.)
There is no formal dress code but we as know that Jennifer liked to look smart and stylish, we'll try to honour that. Children are welcome.
Flowers are welcome too and they may be sent to W G Miller Funeral Directors, 93-95 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 2SJ or brought to the church before 1:30pm. If you wish to make a donation to charity in lieu of flowers, you may like to support Comic Relief here, or any cause of which Jennifer would approve. Donations may be made to St Mary's Church at the funeral itself.
St Mary's is very well served by many bus routes. The nearest tube stations are Highbury & Islington and Angel. Parking on site is very limited and a permit would need to be arranged in advance.