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Funeral wish of terminally ill woman may be granted

A terminally ill woman may be allowed to have her funeral service in her home village, after an initial refusal by the Church of Scotland.

May Coghill and her family were stunned when the Kirk turned down the request because the historic church at Berriedale in Caithness no longer functions as a church.

She was told she could be buried in the churchyard, but the funeral service would have to take place elsewhere.

The response distressed Mrs Coghill, 66, who lives with her husband, Alex, at Badrinsary, in the north of the village.

Since then, however, the prospective new owners of the building have said they intend to make it available for community uses, such as funerals and weddings.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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