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Funerals at St Giles' and St George's

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In the Bible we are told that as Christians we are to “Mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15).

It is a privilege to be able to work closely with the local community at significant times in family life. Losing a loved one is a time for the church to bring comfort to those who are bereaved we “mourn with those who are mourning”. 

We would like to be able to walk with you at this difficult time to celebrate a person's life as well as mourn and say goodbye to a loved one. As well as authorised ministers, we are privileged to have teams of lay people to help you on your journey. 


Funerals, memorial services and crematorium services

A funeral marks the close of a human life on earth. It is the opportunity for friends and family to express their grief, to give thanks for the life which has now completed its journey in this world and to commend the person into God's keeping.  As far back into history as we can penetrate, human beings seem to have felt the need for a ceremonial leave-taking of those who have died.
The funeral service of the Church of England can be very short and quiet with only a few members of the family present or an occasion of great solemnity with music, hymns and a packed church.
Whether in a church or a  crematorium chapel, it can be the plain funeral service from the Prayer Book or Common Worship or with the addition of hymns, an address, including favourite prayers and readings. Whatever the pattern of service, the words and actions all speak of a loving God and
                                                       the preciousness to Him of every human being.

For more information phone the Parish Office on 01372 813332.









Horizon aims to offer support for those who are bereaved. You are very warmly invited to come and share tea together in the quiet room at St. Georges. The bereavement support team is run by volunteers as part of pastoral care for the Parish of Ashtead.

Horizon meets once a month on the second Monday, 2-4pm. For more details contact Rupert Rea 01372 270901.






Rights of Burial and Interment of Cremated Remains


Ashtead Parishioners and others who pass away in the Parish have the right of burial and interment of cremated remains in St. Giles churchyard for as long as the churchyard remains open.

Those who live outside of the Parish do not have right of burial or interment of ashes in St. Giles churchyard.

If there is an existing family plot in the churchyard, it may be possible for remains to be interred in this plot even if the deceased lived outside of the Parish. Permission must first be obtained by the Incumbent.