A funeral is used to mark the end of a person’s life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God’s keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.
Everyone is entitled to either a burial service (funeral) or to have their ashes buried in their local parish churchyard regardless of whether they attended church or not.
If you wish to hold a funeral service at St Mark’s church or at Stockport Crematorium with one of our clergy officiating, then please contact an undertaker in the first instance. They will then contact us.
Making arrangements for the last resting place for loved ones is an important responsibility. Many choose a burial or the interment of cremated remains in consecrated ground. At St Mark’s we are still able to offer burial or interment of cremated remains of parishioners or those on the electoral roll (others at the discretion of the vicar), in consecrated ground in our churchyard. Contact us if you would like more information about the interment of ashes in the memorial pathways at St Mark’s Church.
We also hold an annual memorial service (usually around the beginning of November) to remember those who have passed away which you may find helpful to attend.