A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping.
Everyone is entitled to a Church Service in their local Parish Church and to have either a burial of a coffin or have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard where these exist and are still open *. This can be taken by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. Speak to your local vicar for more information, or, if you do not know who your local vicar is please use the ACNY (A Church Near You) search facility below to find your local Church of England church.
Similarly, anyone can ask for their local vicar to officiate at a funeral at a Crematorium or Woodland Burial site.
*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.
Diocese of Gloucester Funerals
The Diocese of Gloucester is introducing a new system for booking funerals for Funeral Directors called ‘Diocese of Gloucester Funerals’. Clicking on this link will take you to the relevant page and lists the Parishes currently using this new system and how it works.
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