Bereavement & Funerals
Your local church is here for the difficult times in life. We have volunteers who are able to offer pastoral support, and we will do what we can to support you through these sad times. You don’t need to be a member of the congregation to come and speak to us.
Bereavement Support …
As well as our own Pastoral Visitors, you might also find the following support networks helpful:
The Funeral …
Giving thanks for, and saying goodbye to your loved one is an important part of the grieving process, and we want to work with you to do all that we can to enable you to do just that in an appropriate and personal way at the funeral service.
The first step in organising the funeral service is usually to find a Funeral Director (in Nottingham or East Leake). They will then liaise with us to set the date and time of the funeral service, and then once that has been done, the person who will take the service will be in touch with you to discuss the arrangements for the service.
The website UK Funerals Online has further information regarding funeral arrangements.
If the person who has died was a resident of the village, or they were on the Church’s own Electoral Roll, then their body or ashes can be buried in the church graveyard. You are not allowed to scatter the ashes in a church graveyard, they must be buried, and each church, with the exception of Kingston, has an area set aside for the burial of ashes. The person taking the service will discuss these details with you when they visit.
Headstones & Memorials, and the Burial of Ashes …
The grave of a loved one is a very personal place and it is understandable that people want to personalise the grave. However there are a number of rules regarding church graveyards and cemeteries, set by the Chancellor of the Diocese, that do not apply to graveyards and cemeteries owned by the Local Authority, and this can sometimes create confusion for families who may not be aware of the differences.
You can read these regulations online, or download them to your computer as a PDF file.
Also available to download is the Application form to introduce a memorial (31 Kb); this is also the form to be used for adding an inscription to an existing memorial.
This page was last updated: 14th February 2014
The information given is for general guidance only and is not intended to be a definitive statement of the law or the Church’s practice.