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.
Most popular FAQS
I would quite like a church service for the funeral but am worried that if we have a cremation afterwards, by the time I get back from the crematorium to the wake, everyone will be gone. What can I do?