Contact the Rev’d Canon Derek Earis firstname.lastname@example.org 07984 655662
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. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.
Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard by their local parish priest regardless of whether they attended church or not. In York, our churchyards are closed so burials and cremations take place at the cemeteries and York crematorium. We can take services in our churches and in the cemeteries and crematorium.
Worried about a church service then having to travel to the crematorium?
Recently we have seen a pattern developing of saying goodbye (the committal) at the church door. The family and friends then go straight to their chosen place for refreshments. They find that it is good to stay together, to talk to those who are at the service and avoid any difficulties with travelling to the crematorium.