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Cremated Remains

Interment of Cremated Remains

  1. Parishioners (including all those on the Church Electoral Roll) and others who die in the parish, have a right to the burial of their cremated remains ('ashes') in a churchyard, and the remains of non-parishioners can also be buried there if the Incumbent consents. Where possible, Incumbents should ensure that cremated remains are buried in an area set aside by Faculty for that purpose (often called a 'Garden of Remembrance') or in a family grave.
  2. If a churchyard has been closed for burials by Order in Council, the burial of cremated remains may continue in an area set aside for that purpose by Faculty. Following closure, a Faculty can still be granted (a) setting aside a new area for cremated remains or (b) for the burial of cremated remains in an individual plot e.g. a family grave. It is normally possible to allow for the burial of ashes to continue as part of the closure Order.
  3. Cremated remains disposed of in a churchyard should normally be buried without their container. At the discretion of the Incumbent, such remains may be reverently strewed or may be buried in a casket or urn (but it must be made of biodegradable material).
  4. Once cremated remains have been interred, they may not be disturbed without Faculty. This restriction should be borne in mind when cremated remains are interred in an existing grave if it is expected to be used for further burials.
  5. The PCC may apply for a Faculty so that an area where ashes are interred may be used for the interment of other ashes after 50 years. The PCC should always make reasonable attempts to enquire from members of the family of the deceased whether they object to its re-use. Should such objection be made, then re-use will be deferred for a further period of 25 years.
  6. A Faculty is always required before cremated remains may be deposited in a church. Such a Faculty will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
  7. All interments of cremated remains must be recorded in the Burial Register​.