Funerals and Churchyard

 Our present Rector, Rev Peter Smith, is considered to have a particularly thoughtful ministry towards people who have been bereaved. He welcomes the opportunity to conduct a church or crematorium based funeral followed by a burial or interment of ashes. If you would like to arrange a service you can contact the Rector through the Church Office or directly after 6pm, then choose a Funeral Director.

Church funerals are more usually held at St Mary's which seats up to 100 people and for those recently living within the parish, lends itself naturally to a burial in the churchyard. St Mary's is a beautiful church which offers an intimate setting for a small gathering. Alternatively, Emmanuel can seat 200 people.

Rev Peter Smith is very willing to conduct a Crematorium Service. He particularly values being involved by families who intend to ask for ashes to be buried at Hawkwell. Ashes can be added to an existing family grave or interred in the Ashes Plot.

The Rector always makes a home visit first in order to introduce himself to the family to discuss the content and style of the service; and he offers advice, comfort and prayer before and after the service.

The Churchyard

The churchyard at St Mary's is open. Anyone who lived in the parish or is on the electoral role or has an existing family grave can ask to be buried here. The Rector and Church Office will advise about the Diocesan Regulations which govern a churchyard, however, all such decisions are usually made by the Rector in accordance with the local situation at Hawkwell and the Diocesan Churchyard Regulations. What is/is not allowed in a C of E churchyard is distinctive, and different from Borough Cemeteries (see below).
 
Memorial Book
The names of people who are buried or interred in the churchyard or the Ashes Plot can be recorded in our Memorial Book.
 
After the Funeral
The whole church team understands the importance and opportunity of individuals and families, who have been bereaved, to receive God's comfort and care. We make people particularly welcome at church on Sunday mornings and can offer God's love and support at this and other times, such as the coffee morning and afternoon tea held on Tuesdays. (click here for details)
On most Tues, Wed and Thurs the church is open during office hours, 10am -3pm when anyone is welcome to come into the church to sit quietly, light a candle or pray. There are people available to talk or pray.
 
Stepping Stones On the first Monday of each month (except Bank Holidays when it is the second Monday) 1.30-3.30pm at St Mary's we offer free informal support and advice to anyone needing help following a bereavement.
Subpages (1): Bereavement Support
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