| Commentary

13 Burial services

| Commentary

13 Burial services

Until the enactment of the Burial Laws Amendment Act 1880, no one but a clergyman of the Church of England could officiate at a funeral on consecrated ground1 (whether in a churchyard, burial ground or cemetery), nor could any form of service except that in the Book of Common Prayer be used at such funerals2. The 1880 Act made three important changes to the law. Firstly, it authorised the use of a shortened form of service where the office for the burial of the dead cannot be used3, or for use at the request of relatives, provided

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