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At St Mary’s we will always be here to help you through one of life’s most difficult times. A Church of England funeral is available to everyone in this parish, giving support before, during and after the service, for as long as it’s needed.
A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God’s keeping.
Arranging a funeral
The person who has died may have left a paragraph in their Will describing the sort of funeral arrangements they hoped for. Naturally, the family will want to keep to such arrangements as far as possible.
The funeral director plays a very important part in all these arrangements and will want to know if the funeral is to be in the parish church or if the vicar is to take the service in the crematorium.
Burials and cremations
The churchyard surrounding St Mary’s is now closed for burials. Your funeral director will arrange a burial in Charlbury cemetery through the Parish Clerk, Mr. Roger Clarke. If a cremation service is chosen, the churchyard has a space set aside for burying ashes.
To arrange a funeral please email Revd Sally Welch on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Parish Office on 01608 810230.