A funeral marks the end of a person’s life here on earth and provides an opportunity for family and friends to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping.

Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. Speak to your local vicar for more information.

If the churchyard has been closed, then the Local Authority will provide alternative places of burial and the minister can carry out the service there instead of the church or crematorium.

More information from the Church of England website.

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