PLANNING A FUNERAL
Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago.
If you are uncertain the minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. If they did not know your loved one well, they will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person’s life. This may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more.
Some deaths will be especially traumatic, distressing or unexpected. The Church has special funerals for children, or after sudden or violent deaths, including suicide. Talk with your minister about what is possible.
We’ll always be here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times.
For more information about arranging a funeral, or if you would like to talk to the vicar following a death please contact us or visit www.churchofenglandfunerals.org/
BURIAL OF BODY OR ASHES IN THE CHURCHYARD
If your body or ashes, also referred to as cremated remains, are to be buried in the churchyard or Garden of Remembrance, your family will have some decisions to make about the headstone or ledger stone which is made to mark your grave.
We have to follow the Diocesan rules relating to what is allowed in the churchyard and Garden of Remembrance. These rules are designed to ensure that the churchyard continues to look as beautiful as it does now and that future maintenance is as easy as possible. It is important that you read these before you make any decisions, as permission is needed before anything is placed or changed in the churchyard.
Find the Churchyard Regulations here. Any queries regarding these regulations or burials in the churchyard should be directed to the incumbent, churchwardens or administrator, contact us.