Burial and cremation

Both Holy Trinity and St John the Baptist churches have churchyards, but a burial is only possible if there is an existing family grave in either yard. Otherwise, all burials organised with the help of the Medlock Head Team Ministry will take place in Oldham Cemetery, in Hollinwood, Oldham, although. If you wish to find the cemetery using satellite navigation, its postal address is Roman Road, Hollinwood, Oldham, OL8 3LU.

These days, six out of 10 funerals make use of the crematorium, and cremation is perfectly acceptable top the Church of England. But it is worth remembering that in the Christian tradition, the funeral ends with burial, either of the body or of the ashes. Crematoria have gardens of rest where they can be buried.

The burial of ashes often takes place a few days after the funeral, although it may be some considerable time later. A very brief service is usually held at the place of internment if the family wish it, and attending it may serve to mark the end of this immediate and busy stage of the grieving process.

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Page posted 1 November 2009