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Gardens of Remembrance

  1. It is good practice to set aside, by Faculty, plots which may be dedicated for the exclusive burial of ashes. The forms of such Gardens of Remembrance depends very much on individual circumstances, and calls for vision and sensitivity. The PCC should seek assistance in the creation of a suitable design. The design should envisage the interment of not more than 50 cremated remains before the design should be reconsidered. When applying for a Faculty, the parish are encouraged to consider a flexibility of approach, paying specific attention to the particular circumstances of the location and the amount of space that is available. The DAC has experience of such projects and should be consulted at an early stage in the design.
  2. A Garden of Remembrance should not be immediately adjacent to the church, churchyard wall or other building, so that it is not disturbed by necessary repairs or maintenance.
  3. Often the Garden of Remembrance is designed as a tranquil space with no permanent markers because the burials are recorded in a Book of Remembrance. Sometimes there is, however, a pastoral need for some more tangible marking. The DAC is willing to give advice on ways this need might be achieved.
  4. Every parish, if it has not already done so, will need to draft regulations for a Garden of Remembrance and to obtain a Faculty for its use. Model Regulations for a Garden of Remembrance are in Appendix B.

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Matthew 13:31

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