Burial Ground


Arrangements for Funerals are normally made through the Funeral Directors.

Before finalising any arrangements for a service in any of our Churches, please speak with the vicar at the very earliest opportunity, as it can be difficult and distressing to have to make alterations to notices at a later stage.

Rushen Burial GroundThumbnail image of Burial Ground layout.

The Rushen Burial Authority for the churchyard meets regularly. Any query regarding the Burial Ground should be directed to Gerry Callister or Harry Dawson.

If you are visiting the burial ground you may find the churchyard maps useful in locating a specific grave plot.  Please click on the thumbnail image to the right to access the maps.

Headstones and Memorials

There are rules governing the nature and style of headstones and memorials in Burial Grounds. A copy of which can be found here. If the Memorial complies in all respects with that detailed in the guidance then application can be made to the Vicar. This is usually done via the Monumental Mason engaged to complete the work.

If the proposed Memorial falls outside the description given, then application may be made directly to the Vicar General. Please note, that the Vicar is not permitted to authorise Memorials that fall outside the authority delegated by the Vicar General or the specific Burial Ground rules.

If you wish to discuss any matters in relation to Memorials, then please contact the Vicar who will be pleased to discuss these matters with you. It is strongly suggested that any such discussions take place before any contract is taken out with a Monumental Mason, as confusion can lead to lengthy delay, increased costs and distress to bereaved family members.

Cremated Remains

It is not permissible to scatter cremated remains in Churchyards. Careful records of burials have to be kept of all interments, many of which, particularly in old churchyards, are not marked by memorials. It is therefore likely, that even if an area appears to be clear, graves could well be present and it would not be appropriate for remains of others to be placed there. Also, in the Christian context, human remains, whether of the body or of cremated remains, are to be placed in perpetuity, and should therefore be interred and not scattered. Accordingly, permission cannot be given for the scattering of ashes in churchyards.