Does a ‘church’ funeral have to be in church?

Does a ‘church’ funeral have to be in church?

Church of England ministers can conduct funerals in four different venues:

  • A church. This will normally be the church building where they are based.
  • A crematorium chapel.
  • A municipal or private cemetery: this might be in the cemetery chapel or just at the graveside
  • A natural burial ground. Again, the service here could be in the chapel or meeting room of the ground, or at the graveside.