Arranging a funeral at a distressing and difficult time can be very stressful, though in some circumstances you may have made plans with the deceased. In these cases many of the decisions that have to be made will have already been made.
A funeral director will help with the practical arrangements and will usually know much about local practices and what choices you have.
However, if you are uncertain about the funeral service itself, the minister can help you choose suitable readings, hymns and prayers. They will give you the help and comfort you need at this time and will talk with you the deceased’s life.
Any St Bees parishioner is entitled to be buried in the Priory Church graveyard, but non-residents are not automatically entitled to be buried here. The decision is made by the incumbent following local church policy. The Diocese has published various rules governing burials in churchyards and these differ from municipal cemeteries.
The Church of England has much information which will be of help at this sad time.
For more information see Church of England guidance on funerals