The first things to think about:


We’ll help you to decide what sort of funeral it will be.

Here are some things to consider:

–  Do you wish to any ceremony at all whether it is religious or non-religious

– If so will the funeral or ceremony be religious or non-religious?

– Will it be a burial or a cremation?

– Where will the funeral take place – a church, a crematorium, a cemetery chapel, beside the grave, or somewhere else?

– Would you like a priest, minister or civil celebrant to be there?

– Do you want to have a one or two day funeral? i.e. a removal on the day of the funeral or on the evening before


Burial or Cremation?

The choice between burial and cremation is a very personal one and may be influenced by many factors such as religion, the wishes of the person who has died or family tradition.



People are usually buried in a churchyard or cemetery, and you can choose between using an existing grave or buying a new one.



If you choose a cremation service, one of the first things to decide is where you’d like to hold it. You might want to hold it the crematorium or, if you prefer, you can hold the service in another place, like a church, and then have a shorter service called a ‘committal’ at the crematorium.

Religious & Traditional Funeral Ceremony


One Day Funeral

A one day funeral involves the removal of the deceased to church or place of worship then onto cemetery or crematorium (one day ceremony at the church or place of worship)


Two Day Funeral

A two day funeral normally involves an evening removal ceremony in a church followed by a morning funeral the following day with a burial or crematorium immediately afterwards

Civil/ Non-Religious/ Humanist


Some people prefer to choose a funeral arrangement with little or no religious content. The

non-religious funeral ceremony tends to focus on celebrating a loved one’s life, personality and

achievements as an alternative way to say goodbye.

Non-religious funerals can be conducted by a Humanist, civil celebrant, or by family and friends.

They tend to focus on the person’s life, personality, and their relationships with other people.

A non-religious funeral ceremony can take place at a funeral home, family home, crematorium,

or in a non-religious venue such as a parish hall or hotel.

The following may be included as part of the ceremony:

  • Music by family, friends or by musicians
  • Readings – (Religious or non-religious)
  • Poetry
  • A Eulogy,
  • Speeches word of remembrance by family and friends etc.


Direct Cremation without Ceremony


This is an option for those, who for lots of reasons, prefer not to have a funeral service.

This option of a simple, straightforward cremation is now being chosen by a growing

number of people. There typically is no official funeral mass or service, which means the

crematorium/crematory can perform the cremation at a less busy time.

This also means no family or friends are in attendance during the cremation with the ashes being delivered to the family after the cremation, making it a cheaper alternative to arranging a funeral.


This doesn’t stop you holding your own celebration after (or before) the cremation.

A lot of families opt for direct cremation and then arrange a celebration with the ashes at

a time to suit them or during the scattering of ashes celebration.