The Garden of Rest

Our Garden of Rest or Remembrance

Our Garden just inside the lychgate at St Leonard's is a special place of peace and reflection for many.






The Garden

You are welcome to have your remains buried in St Leonard's of Garden of Remembrance if:

·       You lived in the parish at the time of your death
·       You died whilst physically in the parish
·       You are on the electoral role of the parish Church

We extend this to:

·       Anyone whose spouse is entitled to burial
·       Anyone who lived in the parish, but recently had to move because of health or age reasons to a residential or nursing home, sheltered accommodation, or a hospice.
·       Anyone who habitually attends worship at St Leonard's
·       Anyone who regularly receives home communion from a Minister at St Leonard’s

If you, or the relative for whom you are investigating burial, fall outside this criteria, you are welcome to make a case to the PCC.

Please submit your connections with the church of St Leonard's and the parish of Sandridge in writing to:

Rev Em Coley
The Vicarage, 2 Anson Close
St Albans

This will then be taken to a PCC (Parochial Church Council) meeting (which meets once every two months) for consideration, and the vicar will be in touch with the outcome.

In reference to burying ashes please note:

·       It is the family’s responsibilty to arrange for the ashes to be at the Church on the date of burial, unless alternative arrangements have been made.
·       Ashes are buried loose, not in a casket
·       No memorial stone is permitted
·       You are able to have your relative's details in the Book of Remembrance (for £10).You will be given a form to complete for accuracy of details. This will ask for details of: the deceased's name, date of death and age only (not title or additional wording.)
·       At the burial itself, a Minister will preside over short ceremony, except in exceptional circumstances.
·       The hole will be dug by a church representative.