Families in the parish who wish to discuss holding a funeral service either in Church (which all parishioners who have lived in Far Headingley are entitled to) or at Lawnswood, can do so with the Vicar. Most of the funeral services at the Church are followed by cremation at Lawnswood. There is very little room remaining in the Churchyard at St Chad’s for burials.
Caring pastoral support is available at this difficult time and for the long haul, recognising that the death of a loved one can be an acutely painful experience and that the loss will always be there.
The Churchyard at St Chad’s
We want the Churchyard to be a beautiful and peaceful place in which to cherish the memory of those who have died. We invite all members of the local community to support us in this, and warmly welcome anyone who regularly visits a graveside to join the Green Team’s regular work parties in the Churchyard, starting in the Spring and finishing in the late Autumn getting ready for winter. Find out more about our churchyard.
For all those who are bereaved, if you would like us to pray for you please drop us a line. Here is a list giving the year’s mind of everyone in the memorial book at St Chad’s. If you wish for a loved one’s name to be placed in the memorial book, this is offered free of charge to anyone who had the service at St Chad’s. All we need is the person’s full name and the date they died, and we will add that person to the book and to our Year’s Mind list.
Garden of Rest
The Garden of Rest is at the top end of the Churchyard at St Chad’s. It is a peaceful, well maintained area that has been set apart as a memorial garden. If you wish for a loved one’s mortal remains to be buried in the Garden of Rest Christine Khullar in the Parish Office can give you an idea of the overall cost of an interment, and also the price of a stone marker and memorial plaque if you would like these as well.
We have an annual bereavement service at St Chad’s. This is normally held in September. We remember everyone who has died in the past year at this service. Please let the Vicar or Christine in the Parish Office have the name of the person you are carrying with you in your heart if you are planning to come to this service so that we don’t leave anyone out in our remembering.