At St Edward’s you will find those making arrangements as well as those leading and assisting the services helpful and understanding as you go about this at a very difficult time.
First point of Contact
The Funeral Director is usually the first person for you contact. The funeral director plays a very important part in all these arrangements and will want to know if the funeral is to be in the parish church or if the minister is to take the service in the crematorium. Funeral directors know the local clergy, the local cemeteries and the crematoria. They will usually make the first contact with us to ensure there is a minister and/or the church available. However you are very welcome to speak with the Vicar, Rev Chris Routledge who is happy to advise at any point of the process. A list of our current fees with some example costings are accessible here
Preparation for the Funeral Service
The minister will then contact the next of kin and arrange a time for the family to meet with them to discuss the arrangements for the service. The person who has died may have left a paragraph in their Will describing the sort of funeral arrangements they hoped for. Please discuss this along with your own ideas with the minister and we will do our best to accommodate where possible.
Burial or Interment of Ashes
St Edward’s has an ‘open’ Churchyard which means it is available for burials and interments of cremated remains for those who live in Eggbuckland or worship at St Edwards. If you are considering this please contact the Vicar or Churchwardens who can advise on whether this is possible and the process and fees involved.
There are strict regulations that are laid down by the Chancellor of the Exeter Diocese. The vicar is only able to approve those monuments and circumstances that fall within the guidelines. If you have ideas for something that is beyond this then please discuss this with the vicar, Rev Chris Routledge and he will explain the process for seeking permission, known as a faculty.