Everyone who lives in England is entitled to have their funeral conducted in their parish church. You don’t have to be a church goer, or even be religious. Our clergy have been specially trained to take funeral services and offer bereavement care, and knowing that you can have the services of a caring local professional, can be a great comfort at this difficult time. If you, or someone you know, would like to hold a funeral in church for a relative or friend, please either ask your funeral director to contact us, or contact the clergy direct if you prefer, to make arrangements for a church service.
Our clergy are also able to conduct funeral services in Crematoriums and Cemetery Chapels, Green Burial Grounds, and at the graveside.
Names of loved ones may be written in our Book of Remembrance by arrangement. The Book is kept in the prayer Corner of the Parish Church and the pages are turned each day. Names are remembered on the Prayer list in the week preceding the date of the anniversary.
Behind the parish church we have an attractive and well maintained Garden of Remembrance and many people choose to have the ashes of a loved one interred in the Garden as a final resting place following a cremation. If you wish to make enquiries about this please contact the clergy or Mrs Norma Mellor at the Parish Office, Parish Church, on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.
The Garden of Remembrance is a pleasant garden and is often visited by people who are looking for a quiet place to spend some time in peaceful surroundings where they can reflect or relax away from the noise and bustle of everyday life.
Every year we hold a service of Commemoration for the Faithful Departed on All Souls Day. We contact all families whom we have met during the year following the loss of a loved one and for whom we have conducted a funeral service. They, and their friends, are invited to attend, to light a candle and/or place a flower in memory.
We also invite others connected with our church to put names on a list of people whom they wish to be remembered at that service. This has become a very popular service and a much appreciated way of remembering our loved ones.