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Interment in the Churchyard is one option – but you will need to be sure that it is the right option for you. It may be hard, at the moment of bereavement, to think ahead, but once the interment has taken place, the resting place is final.
Churchyards are governed by Legal Regulations and the overall requirement is that they should be simple, plain and quiet places. Christ Church Churchyard is unusual because it is half a mile away from the church – but it is still a Churchyard and it is governed by the same Legal Regulations that govern every other Church of England Churchyard.
Interment in the Churchyard
Because interment is not just a personal occasion, it is important to understand the legalities. The following broad outline of the regulations applies to both burials and to the interment of ashes.
Whether a loved one is interred by right, or by permission:
Families should also be aware that all of the above regulations apply to subsequent interments in existing graves. An existing grave does not confer any right of ownership because it is not possible for the next of kin to own a plot.
The main difference between a Churchyard and a Cemetery
Cemeteries are provided by the Local Authority. They have their own regulations about memorials and about what other items may, or may not, be left on each plot. The main difference is that when you inter a loved one in a cemetery, you purchase (and therefore own) the plot. This is usually for a specific period of time but may (usually) be renewed.
The Churchyard Regulations
If you would like to study the Churchyard Regulations in detail, they can be downloaded from the Diocesan Website: click here for the hyperlink.