Factsheet: Death and funerals in world religions

Historically, religious funerals mostly aimed to help the deceased in their passage to the next life. This continues to be the case, but in modern times emphasis has shifted towards comforting the bereaved, particularly within Christian traditions

Factsheet: Christianity in Britain

Christianity is by far the largest religion in the UK, with 59% claiming adherence in the 2011 Census. The religion has dominated the country since its conversion in the 6th century and the Church of England remains the established faith, but today Christianity in Britain heavily fragmented into hundreds of traditions, denominations and practices

Factsheet: Secularisation in Britain

Secularisation is the process by which religious ideas, customs and institutions gradually become less relevant within society. In much of the Western world, including the UK, it has been a major social and cultural development over the last 60 years

Factsheet: Islam in Britain

Muslims make up at least one in 20 Britons today and it is one of the fastest-growing religions in the country. It is a highly disparate and diverse faith, and religious practices vary from mosque to mosque

Factsheet: The Sikh tradition

Sikhism was founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak, a Punjabi spiritual leader, and now claims about 25 million adherents, making it the fifth largest religion in the world

Factsheet: Hinduism in the UK

There are today more than 800,000 Hindus in Britain, making them the country’s third largest religious group after Christians and Muslims. The majority of the population can be traced back to waves of immigration mostly from the Indian sub-continent into Britain following the Second World War