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:

Church Wardens
c/o The Vicarage, 2 Anson Close
St Albans
Herts AL4 9EN

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.

Book of Remembrance

The Book of Remembrance, displayed just inside the main church door, exists as a record of all those whose ashes have been buried in the Garden of Remembrance. The names of those on the church electoral roll at the time of their death may also be included; also the names of others as determined by the Vicar with the Churchwardens.