FUNERALS, BURIALS & CREMATIONS
This is a very difficult time especially as there are so many decisions that have to be made quickly. There is waiting for the Death Certificate to be issued, then registering the death before you can start to organise the funeral.
If you live in the parish or regularly attend St Margaret's, there is the option of a church service here with either a burial in the churchyard or going on the crematorium after the church service (the ashes could then be interred in the churchyard at some point in the future). A church service can be between 30 minutes to over an hour depending upon what you want.
These days, many people opt for a cremation at one of the local crematoria rather than a church service and each service is allocated 30 minutes. You may not be aware that you can ask for the vicar of your local church to take the service at the crematorium.
If you do decide you would like the vicar, then please make sure you tell your Funeral Director as soon as you start to organise the funeral so that they can contact us before booking the funeral in at the crematorium. If you do not tell them, then they will use whichever minister they can find for that date. Can we just remind you that the vicar does not work on a Friday.
If you would like further information, then please contact the Parish Office.
The Diocese of Lichfield have now revised their Churchyard Regulations and issued new guidelines for all churches in their Diocese. These new regulations have now been implemented.
For those who wish to have a memorial for their loved one, attached is a guide for the bereaved together with a copy of the new application form form.
- Guidance for the Bereaved, click here
- Application form to introduce a Memorial into the Churchyard, click here
For people wanting to know what is and what is not permitted in the churchyards of the Lichfield Diocese, click here for a copy of the current regulations. If you require details of stonemasons, please contact us.