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It is a great privilege to be asked to be involved in a funeral - to remember the person who has died, to give thanks for their life, to commend them to God our merciful redeemer and judge, and to comfort each other in our grief.  Churches do this in the hope of the Resurrection; we have been doing this for 2,000 years and we take great care over funerals and over bereaved families.  Linking up with a Church can be great source of comfort and a real help for those who are left.

There is a Church of England Parish for everyone in England, and you have the right to a funeral in your parish church.  To find your parish church click here to go to the Diocesan Map or click here to go to A Church Near You

Click here to go to the national Church of England website to learn more about weddings, christenings and funerals

To go to Downloads of the guidance from the Archdeacons about fees click here


Practical information and support in arranging a funeral service is available at Church of England Funerals

Many Churches have Churchyards where people are buried.  Because they are places of great beauty and tranquillity (and also - in Cumbria - are often set in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and even Sites of Special Scientific Interest or Ancient Monuments) there are rules about what memorials etc are allowed.  The downloads below give more information:

Churchyard Regulations 2010 rev7Churchyard Regulations 2010 rev7
File size  423kb    File date 12 Aug 2019
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Organising a funeralOrganising a funeral
File size  31kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Summary of Churchyard RegulationsSummary of Churchyard Regulations
File size  51kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Application form for a memorial (.doc)Application form for a memorial (.doc)
File size  28kb    File date 23 Apr 2014
Application form for a memorial (.pdf)Application form for a memorial (.pdf)
File size  64kb    File date 23 Apr 2014