Arranging a Funeral
If you are recently bereaved we do offer you our condolences and hope that we may be able to offer you our support and help at this time.
As a first step at the time of death you may have been in touch with a Funeral Director. The director should guide you and usually contact the church on your behalf to make arrangements for a funeral whether that is to be in St.Mary’s Church or at a Crematorium.
You are of course welcome to get in touch with us at any time if you wish via the Church Office.
Under normal circumstances a minister from St.Mary’s (or one of the Readers) can, at your request, be involved in a funeral for all who live or have died within the parish, or worship at the church. At times we may be involved in services and cremations for those outside the parish, but we do regret that the residency requirement is strictly observed in respect of our ability to offer new graves to any who reside outside the parish. The parish boundary can be seen in blue if you zoom out on the MAP.
Once a funeral director has notified us of the request for a funeral, or if you have contacted us directly, then a minister from St.Mary’s will arrange to meet you to discuss the service.
Each year, on All Saints Sunday we host a special evening service to which you are invited at which we light a candle, name and remember those who have died. It is a very fitting and comforting service as we give thanks for our loved ones.
BURIALS & INTERMENTS
The Churchyard is open for burials following a service in the church for residents of the parish or for those being buried with their spouse who is already here.
The Churchyard has a special garden for the interment of ashes and a short ceremony can be arranged to take place at any time following the service at a crematorium. The funeral director may or may not be involved in making such arrangements for you.