At a funeral we say goodbye, celebrate the person’s life and commend him or her into the love and care of God. At a memorial or thanksgiving service we remember and celebrate the person’s life. A funeral marks the end of a person's life here on earth. As Christians we believe that there is hope in death as in life, and that there is new life in Jesus after death. This faith is expressed through the hymns and prayers of the funeral service.
If you are visiting these pages after suffering a bereavement, we would like to offer our condolences.
Normally the funeral director will contact us to take a funeral service. Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helpful. Perhaps you already know something of what your loved one wanted. You may even have planned the service together some time ago. The minister who will lead the service can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers and help offer comfort and support. They will want to talk with you to build up a picture of the person’s life. This may take only one meeting but sometimes it can be more. In such a service it is required by the Church of England that there is a Bible reading and prayers.
However, we say goodbye, each funeral service or act of remembrance is unique to the person who has died and the family who mourn their loss.
Any parishioner is entitled to either a burial service or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard, regardless of whether they attended church or not. Please contact us for more advice. The Church of England website also provides information on planning a funeral and the funeral service.
The clergy of the benefice are available to conduct funeral services in church, at a crematorium, or in a cemetery in the area.
We remember those who have died recently and their families in the prayers of the church – so you are very much in our thoughts and prayers during your time of great loss. We will contact you after the funeral to offer continued support and each year, there is a Memorial Service at St Edmund’s in Dolton, usually in the autumn. Invitations are sent to all those who have been bereaved within the previous twelve months. Anyone who would like to attend is welcome to do so.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Rector:
Revd Susan Oldham, The Rectory, Cleave Hill, Dolton, Winkleigh, EX19 8QT
Service (in church, cemetery, or crematorium) - £190.00
Burial in churchyard, preceding or following on from service in church - £303.00
Burial in churchyard, on separate occasion, or without service in church - £331.00
Burial in cemetery or cremation immediately preceding or following on from service in church - £27.00
Burial certificate, if required - £14.00
Monuments - These normally range from £41.00 to £128.00 depending on the type and size of the monument required
The fees listed above are the statutory fees payable and do not include charges for heating, the services of a verger, music (e.g. organist, choir), bells and flowers, which are fixed by the Parochial Church Council. In the case of a funeral service in church, any costs and expenses incurred in respect of routine administration (including arranging dates and times and the making of entries in registers), making the church available and lighting it are included in the fee prescribed as payable to the Parochial Church Council.