Each funeral service is booked 45 minutes apart. Thirty minutes is reserved for each service and there is 15 minutes afterwards required to prepare the chapel for the next service. The service can be personalised to create an appropriate and meaningful ceremony for the loved one.
A local minister or faith leader in your area would normally take the service. Your funeral director will arrange this.
The service will either take place at the crematorium or in your own building of worship before you reach the crematorium.
If the service takes place at a church the minister will carry out the committal service at the crematorium, which friends and family can attend.
Otherwise a full service will take place and this may comprise a sermon, prayers, a reading and perhaps one or two hymns.
A civil funeral is a non-religious funeral, with an emphasis on the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased person and their family.
A civil funeral is appropriate for either a cremation or burial. A professional civil funeral celebrant can help to create a meaningful ceremony for this final act of love and respect.
A civil funeral can take place almost anywhere except for religious buildings and churches. Your funeral director can help you find a local celebrant or officiant. You can also find out more information from the following organisations:
Humanists funerals offer a personal way to celebrate a life for those who have lived without religion.
Before the funeral, a humanist officiant will normally visit a family to plan the ceremony and to form a rounded picture of the person. At this stage families can discuss various options for the ceremony.
Humanist funeral ceremonies may take place at crematoria, cemeteries, woodland burial grounds, and other burial grounds (subject to restriction).
For more information about how to arrange a humanist funeral visit the website of the British Humanist Association.