In God’s Care – The Interment of Ashes at All Saints’ Church.
The churchyard at All Saints’ Church has been ‘closed’ for burials for many years. However, in 2003, an area of the churchyard was set aside for cremated remains. This area, to the north of the Church, is bounded on three sides by low hedge bushes and by bollards on the side next to the driveway. Ashes are committed directly to the earth in unmarked plots, which are used in strict rotation according to a confidential register held by the rector. It is possible by prior arrangement, for the ashes of married couples or partners to be put in the same plot. Since the area can accommodate over 160 plots, it will be many decades before it is completely used, at which time the plots will be used again in sequence from the start. In this way, the churchyard will provide a perpetual and sacred resting place for cremated remains for centuries to come.
In September 2009, this area of the churchyard was marked in a permanent way by a memorial in rusticated (rough) Portland stone bearing, on its east and west faces, the inscription “IN GOD’S CARE” .
Whilst flowers may be placed in the area for a period of up to a month after the committal of the ashes, many bereaved seek a more enduring focus for remembrance of their loved ones and for this reason, the Memorial Book (located in its display case at the front of the nave, near the pulpit) has been provided. Also, flowers may be dedicated, by arrangement with Vera Miller, in the Lady Chapel in memory of loved ones and their anniversaries.
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