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26 September 2020 Please read the information on the Back to Church after Covid page first. Then please get in touch about holding a funeral in church. Funerals may also be held by the graveside or at a crematorium, where the number of mourners allowed will be up to the individual crematorium.

​If you have recently been bereaved our deepest sympathies are with you, and we would like to do all we can to help.

It is always a privilege to take the funerals of anyone who lives in Coleford or Holcombe, for a former resident who has moved away, or anyone who has a connection with our churches.

Some information is detailed below but you may find it helpful to look at the website Church of England Funerals where you can also light a virtual candle for whoever has died.

The first step is to contact a funeral director, and the funeral director will arrange the date with me, and explain the fees to you. If you would like me to recommend a funeral director, or if you would like to ask me any questions, then please telephone me on 01373 812705 or email me at

Funerals in Church
You do not have to be a member of the church to have your funeral in either Holy Trinity Coleford or St Andrew’s Holcombe. You may have a service in church, followed by either a burial in the churchyard or cemetery, or followed by a cremation. There is no time limit on a church funeral, although if it is followed by a cremation we need to time that to fit in.

Funeral at a Crematorium
I am equally happy to lead a funeral in a crematorium. The nearest ones are Mendip, near Shepton Mallet, and Haycombe, just this side of Bath. We usually have about 30 minutes for the service.

Burial of Ashes
If the committal or funeral has been at a crematorium, or elsewhere, I am very happy to bury the ashes later, either in the churchyard or cemetery.

There will be no fees charged if the funeral is for someone who has died aged under 18. The fees we have to charge will be included in the bill given to you by your funeral director who will discuss them with you. However, it may help you to know what the fees are. For 2020, the funeral service charge is £199, wherever the funeral is. The burial in a churchyard will be between £318 and £347, depending on when the burial is. If we take a service in a crematorium the fee is £199. We do not set these fees, they are set by the Church of England. In addition, there are a few extras for a funeral in church, which are as follows:
Organist: normally £65
Verger: £25
Heating: £25 (it will be up to us to decide whether we need  to charge this – always in winter, usually in spring and autumn and occasionally in summer)

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