Arranging a Funeral

Since you are reading this page, it is likely that you have recently lost someone you love and are in the position of having to arrange a funeral (possibly for the first time). If you think there is any way in which we can support you during this time, do not hesitate to contact us. We hope that the following notes will help you.

We normally conduct funeral services at St Hilary’s when the deceased person has lived in the parish, or when they were regular members of our congregation, or when there is an existing family grave in the churchyard – or possibly when there is some other close personal connection. Usually, it is best for you to contact a Funeral Director and they will be prepared to make all the practical arrangements for you. This will include contacting us about the availability of both the church and the clergy who will take your service. The person taking the funeral will then ring you to arrange a visit or to talk to you about the details of the service.

The following options are a regular part of our ministry:

  • A funeral service in church followed by brief service of committal at Landican Crematorium, or followed by a burial elsewhere
  • A funeral service in church followed by a burial in the churchyard in an existing family grave (see below)
  • A funeral service at Landican Crematorium followed by a service of thanksgiving in church. This can be on the same day or with the thanksgiving happening at a later date
  • A full funeral service, including the committal, at Landican Crematorium.


St Hilary’s Churchyard

There is no space in our churchyard for new graves as it is full.  We only undertake funerals followed by a burial in the churchyard at St Hilary’s if there is an existing family grave with sufficient space. We are however willing to hold a service in church followed by a burial elsewhere, for instance in a cemetery. The Funeral Director will be able to advise you of alternative places for burials.

It may be possible to arrange for a burial of ashes in the churchyard please contact us to talk about this. If you would like to bury your loved one’s ashes in our churchyard below are a few of the practicalities involved:

  • There are limited areas where we can bury ashes, the first step is to chose a spot
  • You will need to decide if you want to have a memorial stone. We would suggest you speak to a stonemason and arrange for this to be crafted.
  • When you know of a rough date that the stone will be ready we can arrange a date and time for the committal of ashes.


For more information about Church of England funerals, information can be found on The Church of England website via the following link below.

CofE Funerals