The Day Of The Funeral

The day of the funeral can also be a very difficult time for family and friends. To say your final farewell, there are many unique options available to give your loved one a perfect send-off.

Your Funeral Team are here to advise and guide you on your options available. 

 

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We Will Ensure:

On the day of the funeral, we will ensure that your loved one`s possessions are prepared according to the wishes discussed during the arrangements.

We will ensure that your loved one is taken care of and their coffin or casket is carefully transferred into the chosen hearse.

Funeral Cortege


A funeral cortege is the hearse and limousines/funeral vehicles that follow it.

Though you are able the choose the route the funeral procession takes on the day*, typically, families prefer for the cortege to begin at the home of their loved one.

You will need to arrange for family and friends who will be accompanying you in the funeral vehicle to arrive at the starting address and on time. This will ensure that the cortege leaves for the funeral service in sufficient time.

When you are ready to leave, your Funeral Director will lead the cortege on foot for a short distance before getting back into the hearse. Upon arrival at the church or crematorium, your Funeral Director will once again lead the cortege on foot.

*Please note, this service is free of charge for our Unique Tribute Funeral Service. There is a charge for this service with our Simple funeral.

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You will need to make decisions about the following:

• Would you prefer a traditional or alternative hearse?

• How many following vehicles will be needed?

• Where will the cortege leave from and will it take a special route?

• Will you require assistance with elderly or disabled mourners in wheelchairs 

Arriving At The Church Or Crematorium


Your Funeral Director will ensure that everything is taken care of before the funeral service, they will co-ordinate with the celebrant or officiant and meet with the chapel attendants to ensure all arrangements are in place.

On the day, we will provide pallbearers to escort the coffin or casket to the church or crematorium. If you wish to select your own pallbearers (this can be friends or family members), your Funeral Director will oversee these arrangements to ensure everything goes to plan.

Your Funeral Director will lead you into the church or crematorium, walking either in front or behind the coffin or casket before it is placed upon the catafalque, bier or trestles.

The Funeral Ceremony


The funeral ceremony can be held at any suitable venue, please talk to us about what you would like us to arrange. 

The order of the funeral ceremony is completely up to you, though you will need to keep in mind that there may be a time limit at the church or crematorium.

Typically, the funeral service includes elements such as readings, poems, hymns, music and a eulogy.

Eulogies


Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has passed away with helping to bring the person to life in the minds of the audience.

For most of us writing and giving a eulogy is something we have no experience of and therefore we find it difficult to know where to start.

In response to this, and as part of our commitment to helping people arrange funerals which truly reflect the life of an individual, we've produced the guide entitled "Well Chosen Words - How to write a eulogy.” Please ask your Funeral Advisor for this free guide during the arrangement.

During the funeral service your Funeral Director may stand just outside or at the back of the room. Once the service has finished, they will escort you and your family to the committal service, if you are having one. 

Committal Service


The committal service is normally shorter than the funeral service and is used when committal takes place at an alternative location to the funeral service. Traditionally associated with the committal of a body to its final resting place, this normally occurs literally at the graveside or figuratively at the crematorium. 

Your Funeral Director will guide you through all elements of the service whether they take place in one location or two.

The act of committal at a crematorium, whether as part of a full service or alternatively as a shorter committal service, normally centres around the speaking of a passage of words indicating the final goodbye to your loved one. The curtains can be closed around the coffin or remain open (subject to your personal preference and local regulations), or in some crematoria the coffin may be gently lowered from site.
 
When the service comes to an end you will be shown to the floral court, where you will be able to view your floral tributes and have time to speak to guests before being escorted back to your limousine and travelling on to the wake venue or returning home.
The act of committal at a burial centres around the lowering of the coffin or casket into the ground and normally incorporates the speaking of a passage of words indicating the final goodbye to your loved one. Once lowered, you may wish to scatter soil, petals or throw a flower onto the coffin. 
 
When the service comes to an end you will be shown to the area where you can view your floral tributes and have time to speak to guests before being escorted back to your limousine and travelling on to the wake venue or returning home.

The Wake Or Funeral Reception


A wake or funeral receptionnormally follows the funeral service and enables family and friends to congregate in a less formal manner and share memories and anecdotes of your loved one.

After the funeral service, your Funeral Director will escort you and your family to your chosen venue. To ensure your guests knows where to go, we suggest including details of the wake/reception on the order of service sheets which are handed out before the funeral service.

Your Funeral Director will answer any final questions you may have before leaving.