Arranging a Funeral

It is important that a funeral is an appropriate tribute to your loved one. There is no such thing as a 'typical' funeral and many of the rituals or traditions that you might associate with funerals are no longer considered compulsory at modern-day services.

Mourning symbols have grown increasingly rare at modern funerals and black is no longer considered the only choice for clothing. Accompanying music is another aspect of the service in which tradition is making way for personal preference. Pieces of music or poems that were particularly relevant to the deceased have grown popular in recent years, though the final selection is usually left to family members, in consultation with funeral officials.

However you choose to commemorate the life of your loved one, the most important objective of the service is to ensure that it gives comfort to family and friends. Above all else, the service should surround grieving family and friends with a safe and secure environment in which to express their personal sense of loss. A funeral service is carried out largely for the benefit of these survivors and, because of this, is a very important aspect of the healing process. If this sense of comfort is achieved, the ceremony will have been a success.


Before Meeting with the Funeral Director

Before Meeting with the Funeral Director

Making informed choices is the key to ensuring the funeral experience is helpful for your and your family...
The Viewing

The Viewing

The body is present in an open coffin or casket, allowing you and others who loved the person...
Funeral Cost Information

Funeral Cost Information

Funeral Cost Information (PDF) The information in the PDF is intended to provide you with an approximate...
Burial or Cremation

Burial or Cremation

The wishes of the deceased are followed, if they are known. A cremation cannot take place if there are...
Choosing a Venue

Choosing a Venue

If you or the person who has died attended a church or other place of worship, this may be the natural...
Funeral Service Formats

Funeral Service Formats

You can choose from a variety of funeral service formats. There is no one 'right' way to hold a funeral.
The Eulogy

The Eulogy

The eulogy is a speech in celebration of your loved one, a very personal account of the way...
Finding the right words

Finding the right words

The following phrases, verses and poems may help you prepare the funeral notice or service sheet.
A Meaningful Funeral Service

A Meaningful Funeral Service

Your Personal Touch You can create a funeral that reflects the unique and special qualities of your...
Choosing the Coffin or Casket

Choosing the Coffin or Casket

What is the difference between a coffin and a casket? The difference is basically one of design. Coffins are....
Refreshments

Refreshments

Choosing a venue for refreshments after the funeral. Most funerals are followed by a gathering of friends...
Settling Funeral Expenses

Settling Funeral Expenses

Your funeral director is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the funeral service.
Complete Care Book

Complete Care Book

Professional advice from the region’s most experienced and most trusted funeral company.
The Funeral Notice

The Funeral Notice

There are two ways to approach writing the funeral notice. Both approaches are equally correct.
The Order of Service

The Order of Service

Your funeral director can arrange prompt preparation of the service sheet. However, allow yourself time to...
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