Currently funerals cannot be held in church but clergy will take services at the graveside or at the crematorium chapel.
There are also restrictions on those attending funerals and it is currently limited to immediate family only. Joy is very happy to discuss things with families and have already had enquiries. Burials of ashes can still take place but the current restrictions apply to those who can come (eg over 70s who are self isolating).
The Parish Church is available for the funeral service of any parishioner, or for anyone formerly resident in the parish whose family wishes to have the service at St Mary's. Arrangements are normally made through a Funeral Director, but it is important that we are consulted before any arrangements are finalized.
The churchyards of Eaton Bray and Edlesborough are closed, which means that no new burials can take place there. (In Edlesborough churchyard it is still possible for an interment in an existing grave, provided it still has available grave-space.) Each village has its own cemetery (in Bower Lane, Eaton Bray, and attached to the churchyard in Edlesborough), maintained by the Parish Council, the Clerk of which should be consulted in arranging a burial.
One major benefit of holding a funeral service in the Parish Church is that it affords local people the opportunity to pay their last respects to a departed friend or neighbour, whereas if the service is held at one of the Crematoria (The Vale in Luton, Crownhill in Milton Keynes, and The Chilterns Crematorium in Amerhsam are the nearest; Bierton also has a Crematorium), older people especially are often unable to attend. Arrangements can always be made to conduct funeral services for parishioners at these crematoria, and we should be consulted before arrangements are made and before any other cleric is asked to officiate.
There is a Garden of Remembrance in the churchyard at St Mary's, Eaton Bray, where ashes can be interred after cremation, and arrangements for this should also be made through the Churchwarden.
The dedication of the monument in the Garden of Remembrance
by the Venerable Paul Hughes, Archdeacon of Bedford
The days following the death of a loved one are a time of great distress, and they can be helped greatly if they have clear ideas of what arrangements the person who has just died would have liked to be made for their funeral. Everyone is asked to consider discussing such matters with their immediate family while they have time to do so, or to leave clear written instructions in a readily accessible place to guide the mourners through their sad duties. We are always happy to assist in making these arrangements.
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