Funerals & Bereavement

Spiritual care of people who are sick, dying or bereaved following the loss of a loved one is an important part of our ministry in Shere and Peaslake. Our Ministry team is always willing to meet with people at difficult times, to talk and pray with them. Wherever possible, we would wish to be involved with the funerals of Christian people with a connection to our parish irrespective of whether they attend church regularly.

If you would like someone to visit or pray with you please speak to one of the Ministry Team or contact the Parish Office. If you want to organise a funeral or burial of ashes, it is generally easiest to make contact through a funeral director, who will co-ordinate diaries and make the necessary practical arrangements.

Graves and Burial Records

We’ll gladly assist, where we have the information, if you are trying to trace burials or graves. Finding the right information usually takes some time so we cannot give you an answer straight away!

A note of caution: we may have a record of a burial but no record of where the grave is; we may only use what records we have. It may be that records were made but have not survived or that some of the information we now record as a matter of course these days was not written down in the past.

Burial Registers do not remain in churches for ever. In this Diocese the deposit of non-current parish records for safekeeping has been encouraged for many years. Once a Register is full, and they no longer need to be referred to frequently, we deposit ours with:

Surrey History Centre,
130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 1ND
Tel: 01483 518737.
Website www.surreycc.gov.uk/surreyhistoryservice

Graveyards – We have three
Peaslake – a brisk uphill walk on the narrow road that leads up the side of the church to the top of the Hurtwood.
Shere – surrounding the church. Inscriptions legible in the late 1970s are recorded and also about ¼ mile from the church in which the first burial took place on 9 October 1945.

Inscriptions legible in the September 2007 are recorded.

Enquiries
Peaslake: 01306 730961
Shere: 01483 203352