A funeral marks the end of a person’s life on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and to commend the person into God’s keeping. Everyone who lives in the parish is entitled to a burial service or to have their ashes buried in the churchyard whether they went to church or not. You will probably want to contact a local funeral director who may make the practical arrangements with the Vicar. She will then arrange to come and talk to you about what you would like for the service either in church or at the crematorium.
Headstones and Gravemarkers
What headstones are allowed in a churchyard is laid down by the Chancellor of the Diocese. He delegates authority to the Vicar to permit stones which conform to certain rules. Anything else requires special permission from the Chancellor himself. A monumental mason can advise you on this and make an application to the Vicar on your behalf for the design and wording you would prefer. In addition there are restrictions as to what may be placed on a grave which are to enable the churchyard to be maintained properly.