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a plaque of st chad's remembrance plate

The Remembrance Garden

May the faithfully departed
through the mercy of God
Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory

At this sad and difficult time, we hope that this leaflet has answered some of your questions clearly. We are honoured to be involved. We hope that all we do will help you to celebrate the life of the person who has died, will allow you to express your sadness and loss and will encourage you in the hope of the resurrection.

A prayer
Heavenly Father,
We thank you for all those whom we love
but see no longer.
As we remember our beloved in this place,
Hold before us our beginning and our ending,
The dust from which we come,
And the death to which we move,
With a firm hope in your eternal love and purposes for us,
In Jesus Christ our Lord.

Our Garden was consecrated for ongoing use in July 2016; the garden is kept as a place of dignity and peace to honour loved ones.

Bishop Mark visiting St Chad's remembrance garden in New Moston, Manchester

Who can be buried here ?

Parishioners [including all those on the Church Electoral Roll] and others who die in the parish, have a legal right of burial of ashes {after cremation} in this churchyard if there is still space available and if the churchyard has not been closed by Order in Council. There is no right to burial of ashes in any particular part of the churchyard and the Incumbent is responsible for deciding where in the churchyard burials will take place. No markings other than unwrapped flowers are permitted in or on the garden. The gardener has PCC authority to move them at his/her discretion, in keeping with the simplicity there.

How is this arranged?

Our small remembrance garden is a valuable heritage and reflects the sure and certain hope that those buried therein await the return of Jesus Christ and the life that is to come. Because churchyards are consecrated they fall under the jurisdiction of the Bishop, exercised through the Chancellor of the Diocese who is the ecclesiastical Judge in the Diocese and ultimately responsible for decisions affecting churchyards.

What if we’re not sure?

Whenever a deceased person is buried [or his/her cremated remains interred] in consecrated ground, it is assumed that the place of burial is intended to be the final resting place of that person. This decision is important; our minister or your undertakers are always happy to advise you on these matters.

We want to go ahead- what next?

Contact the minister for the church, or a churchwarden, to make arrangements. The minister may be the same person who conducted the funeral, but it does not have to be the case. All names are entered in our Memorial Book held in church; ashes are located on our plan and kept in our register. When you are ready, we can discuss arrangements at a mutually suitable time. This does not have to be immediately after the funeral and can be arranged at a later date, so that family members and friends are able to attend if they wish.

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