Dealing with a death

If someone you know and love has died, a funeral led by a Church of England minister can be held in church, in a churchyard, by a graveside, or at a crematorium. We will be there to support you every step of the way.

For further help and guidance, please fill in the form below and ‘submit enquiry’. If you prefer, in the first instance you can make contact through your funeral director.

Burials can be arranged as part of a funeral service in church or independently. All residents of Riding Mill are eligible to be buried in the churchyard, as are church members. Because of the pressure on the space, we cannot accommodate requests from outside the parish. Occasionally we are asked to conduct funeral services in church for people with no local or church connection on the assumption that a burial in the churchyard will follow. Even in this case, we have to ask for proof of former residence.

If you have an existing plot in the churchyard where a family member is buried, we can often (subject to investigation) accommodate the burial of ashes in that plot, or in a dedicated area to the West of the church building.

We are aware that the diocesan regulations can upset some families so we ask you to take them into account before choosing a burial in the churchyard.

You are welcome to come and pray with us at any time, or ask us to pray for you. If you just need space for yourself to pray – we are open most days for you to do just that in St. James’s church.

To find out more about Funerals within the Church of England, please use the button below:

For further help and guidance, please fill in the form below and ‘submit enquiry’.