You will need to decide where the funeral service will be held, this may be at a church or place of worship, at a crematorium, at the graveside or somewhere else. In the case of cremation there can be a service at a church combined with a shorter service at the crematorium chapel. An option to have a direct cremation either without a service or with a private service in our Chapel of Rest is also available.
Whether there will be a burial, or a cremation may already have been made by the deceased, this might have been in discussion with family members or in their will.
The arranging of the funeral service involves many elements. We will take care of all of the details. We will listen carefully to your requirements, help you make important and difficult decisions, liaise with third parties, and will ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible on the day.
Some things to consider about a burial:
You may already have a family grave or plot. We can arrange for this to be reopened and the headstone removed before burial.
In some areas, burial space may be limited or may be very expensive.
You might want to reserve plots or a large plot if you or your family want to be buried close by.
Woodland burials are now available in many areas in the country.
You can hold the funeral service in a local church or in a cemetery chapel.
After the burial you will need to consider if you want a memorial headstone, or a new inscription on an existing headstone.
For all burials there are fees involved which could include the following:
- Cost to purchase a new grave
- Opening or re-opening an existing grave
- Removal and replacement of any existing memorials, headstones, and so on
- An exclusive right of burial
Some things to consider about a Cremation:
It can be with or without a service (direct cremation) and will usually cost less than a burial.
The funeral service can be held at the crematorium using either the service room or their chapel
The service may also take place in a church or another location before going to the crematorium.
There will be a strict time limit for the length of the service. This will vary depending on the crematoria.
You will need to decide the final resting place of the ashes. You can keep the ashes in an urn, scatter or bury them.
We can advise you if any restrictions are in place at your chosen crematorium with regards to the choice of dress for the deceased, or placing any possessions in the coffin.
Confirmation of whether the person who has died had a pacemaker fitted.
Transport for the funeral
There are a range of funeral transport options available. The usual choice of vehicle is the motorised hearse, followed by a number of limousines of your choice to transport close friends and family of the deceased to and from the ceremony.
However, other types of funeral transport are available including:
Traditional Horse Drawn Hearse
The hearse and following vehicles are known as a ‘cortege.’ We will of course discuss at length where the cortege will travel to and from and if you would like the cortege to take a particular route.
As the deceased’s final journey, you may wish the cortege to travel a special route to the ceremony in order to pass a point of significance to the deceased (such as a place of work or leisure).
There are a wide selection of coffins or urns to choose from, examples of which can be found in the brochures below. If you cannot find anything suitable please ask as there are other suppliers who may be able to help and we would be happy to assist you in finding the perfect option for your loved one.
During their life many people say that they have a song that they want played at their funeral and the choice of music played at a funeral can add a personal touch to the service. It is becoming more and more popular for recorded music to be played at a funeral instead of, or in addition to, more traditional hymns and organ music. We are able to give advice on all aspects of music for the funeral service and make the necessary arrangements.
Live music and instrumental soloists may be requested, such as a piper or brass band. However, please be advised that if your funeral service is being held in a church, some ministers may only allow traditional music and hymns. Most crematoria have large collections of all types of music and most will allow you to provide your own music on CD.
It is best to let us know your choice of music.
A friend or relative may wish to say a few words during a service about the person who has died. This is called a eulogy. You can prepare a eulogy yourself or you may prefer a favourite poem or other reading.
Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has died.
It is likely you will have a charity or good cause in mind who you would like to benefit from the money donated at the funeral. People usually select a charity relating to the deceased, for example, a local hospice that they stayed at, or a charity linked to their cause of death such as a cancer, heart or kidney charity.
If you are unsure about who to choose, you can donate money to more than one charity. We will be able to offer some advice.
There are a wide variety of different funeral flower arrangements and you can choose specific types of flowers or colours, perhaps in line with the preference of the deceased if known. Here we show you just a small selection of the different types of arrangements available from bespoke designs, coffin sprays and sympathy sprays to wreaths, bouquets, shaped and specialist tributes. Created by our recommended florist, Green Ferns Florist.
The common inclusions of a newspaper announcement are outlined below:
- Surname (this usually appears first)
- The first name of the deceased
- When (the day of the week is usually omitted)
- How (peacefully, after a long illness, suddenly…)
- Where (at home, in hospital, in a nursing home…)
- Age (only if desired)
- Husband/Wife of (Beloved/Much loved/Loving Husband of…. Insert name)
- Address (we suggest you just state the town or region – for security reasons)
- Other relationships (Father/Mother of Grandad/Grandmother, brother, sister etc)
- Funeral day and time
- If funeral flowers are required (family flowers only or no flowers by request)
- Donation details if being accepted (Enquiries to…. Or direct to chosen charity)
Got a question? We are always more than happy to discuss your family’s needs. Get in touch.