A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. This can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church. It is often a rich mixture of tears and laughter as we remember all that was good in someone’s life as well as feeling the pain of separation. It can often be at a time of healing as we put aside memories of hurt or failure and resolve to bring a touch of heaven into our earthly lives. And as we commend our loved one into God’s arms we know that they can now rest in peace.
Who can be buried in the churchyard?
Anyone resident in the parish of St Lawrence may be buried in the churchyard if they wish to receive a Christian burial. Those whose families or relatives are buried in the churchyard may also be interred in family graves if space allows, even if they are not resident in the parish of St Lawrence.