A funeral marks the close of life on this earth. It is the opportunity for family and friends to express their grief, to give thanks for the life of the person they have loved, and to commend them into God’s keeping.
There are a number of different ways that funeral and thanksgiving, or memorial, services can take place. If the person who has died was living in this area immediately prior to their death, they are usually entitled be buried in the cemetery area of the churchyard, or to have their cremated remains interred in the Garden of Remembrance. (The cemetery is administered by the Parish Council).
Sometimes a funeral service is held in church, and the coffin is then either taken into the churchyard for burial, or to the crematorium where the final part of the service, and the cremation, takes place. Sometimes the whole funeral service takes place at the crematorium and is followed, either on the same day or at a later date, by a service of thanksgiving for the life of the departed, at the church.
The funeral director will discuss these different options with you, but please do contact
the Benefice Co-ordinator directly if you would like to ask about any aspect of funeral arrangements.