Choosing the Type of Funeral

One of the first things to consider for any funeral is whether the funeral will involve a burial or cremation. As doctors and coroners provide different paperwork for both types of committal, the sooner we inform them of this decision, the sooner the certificates can be produced. You will also need to decide where the service will be held, this may be at a church or place of worship, at a crematorium, the graveside or anywhere else that you may feel is right for you as a family. In the case of both burial and cremation there can be a service at a church combined with a shorter service at a cemetery or crematorium chapel. 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 are responsible for ensuring everything runs as smoothly as possible on the day. 

Funeral and Cremation Services

We are here to help, assist and advise, enabling you to provide a unique tribute, whether that be a very simple cremation, a more traditional funeral or something completely personalised.

Considerations 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.
  • We can also help with the purchase of a new grave.
  • In some areas, burial space may be limited or restricted.
  • If the burial is to take place in a private burial ground 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.
  • 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 that 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, etc
  • An exclusive right of burial

We can also give you advice on choosing a memorial and any local regulations you should know about.

Considerations about a cremation:

  • It can sometimes cost less than a burial
  • The funeral service can be held at the crematorium. Most will have a service room or other appropriate facilities
  • 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 crematorium
  • You will need to decide the final resting place of the cremated remains. There are a number of options available to you of which we can advise you. We can look after a loved ones remains whilst you make this decision.
  • 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

Eco Funeral considerations:

  • There are many ways in which we can help to reduce the potential environmental damages created from a funeral.
  • Burial in a local woodland burial ground.
  • Using coffins and supplies made from sustainable materials.
  • Reducing the amount of chemicals and plastics used in both the treatment of the deceased and the products we offer.
  • Off-setting any carbon footprint.
  • Planting of trees in memory of the deceased and creating a lasting legacy.
  • Investing in and using newer, lower emission ceremonial vehicles.

Simple Funerals considerations:

  • Simple funerals can be tailored to your individual needs just as traditional funerals are.
  • The committal at the crematorium or cemetery can be attended or un-attended.
  • Some clients may attend the committal and then arrange for a fitting tribute or gathering at a later date.
  • The costs involved in simple funerals can often be significantly less.
  • Keeping things simple doesn’t necessarily mean ‘less dignified’.

Some further thoughts on Simple Funerals.