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How do I find out how many spaces are left in a churchyard? How long before we can re-use a plot?

The first port of call for this is your Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Can a CofE minister allow a non-religious funeral to take place in her church?

A non-Christian funeral is not permitted in a church, but it is worth bearing in mind that a family looking ...

Can family members erect a permanent memorial to a loved one in a Garden of Remembrance, where they have placed their loved one’s ashes?

The extent to which memorials are permitted without a faculty depends on the Churchyard Regulations issued by the Chancellor of ...

Can someone’s home be the final resting place for ashes?

If a family chooses to keep the ashes of a loved one in their home for an indefinite period, there ...

Can I conduct a Church of England funeral in a woodland burial site or other unconsecrated ground?

Yes it is possible to do so, but you must first bless the grave - See Common Worship Pastoral Services ...