While some of these traditions have fallen away, others have endured or have been adapted to fit the funeral needs and customs of mourners in modern times.And yf the persons that would be maryed dwell in diverse Paryshes, the banes must be asked in both Parishes and the Curate of the one Paryshe shall not solempnize matrimonye betwyxt them, wythout a certifycate of the banes beyng thryse asked, from the Curate of the other Parysh. So men are bounde to love their owne wyves, as their owne bodies. For never did any man hate his owne fleshe, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Londe doeth the congregacion, for we are membres of his body: of his flesh and of hys bones.In these cases, a flagstone would be lifted and the grave dug before putting the stones back in place.During this period it was common for the graveyard to become overcrowded with bodies.However, if the death was considered a suicide, the body could not be buried in the churchyard.During this period, the body would be washed by a midwife and wrapped in a simple sheet before it was placed inside the coffin. However, experts believe that flower sprays and arrangements were not used during this time unless they were tossed into the grave with the deceased.
Those who were wealthy might be buried inside the church.For be ye well assured, that so many as be coupled together, otherwyse than Goddes worde doeth allowe, are not joyned together by God, neither is their Matrimonye lawfull. Saincte Paule (in the forenamed Epistle to the Ephesians) teacheth you thus: Ye women, submit youre selfes unto youre owne housbandes as unto the Lorde: for the housbande is the wyves headde, even as Christe is the headde of the Churche. Therefore as the Churche or congregacion, is subjecte unto Christe.At whyche day of Maryage, if any man do allege and declare any impediment, why they may not be coupled together in matrymony by Gods law, or the lawes of thys realme, and wyll be bound, and sufficient sureties with him to the parties, or els put in a cautyon to the ful value of suche charges, as the persons to be maryed do susteine to prove hys allegation: then the solempnization must be deferred unto suche tyme as the truthe be tried. So likewyse lette the wyves also be in subjection unto their owne housbandes in al thinges.Married women and men might be more likely to have herbs rather than flowers placed in the grave.Traditionally money would be distributed to the poor and a feast would be held following the funeral.