Funerals & burials

Funerals at St Margaret's

Almost 100 funerals are conducted by St. Margaret's staff during each year. The initial contact is made by the local Funeral Directors to the Rector. Information is passed by him to one of the staff, who then contacts the family to arrange a visit. Most visits to meet the family and prepare the funeral last about one hour.

 

St. Margaret's has a Bereavement Visitors Group who, between them, do a follow-up visit to each bereaved family. Occasionally there is a need for further visits or phone calls where a family member requires more support.

 

Each month, on the first Friday afternoon, we invite all who have been recently bereaved to come to our church centre for a cup of tea or coffee [well, usually a mug] and some cakes. This is an opportunity to come and chat with other people and its free.

 

Each October a Memorial Service is held at St. Margaret's and invitations are sent to all families who have been bereaved during the year.

 

Burials at St Margaret’s

 

St Margaret’s churchyard was closed for new burials last century, although where the grave was designated as a double grave, the surviving relative may still be buried.

 

St Margaret’s is able to bury cremated remains of people. This is in a specified area within the churchyard. Due to the nature of the area, and that loved ones’ ashes are buried across the whole area, we are unable to allow memorial plaques or any other tributes within this area. Further details are available from any member of our staff.




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