of people choose to use a funeral director for the full funeral service
there are more choices available than you may realise, and there are no
legal requirements for the form of a funeral ceremony
feel very strongly about the way you want your own funeral to go, you can
leave instructions for your family in a letter detailing your wishes.
Bearing at a Funeral
It is not uncommon for the immediate family or closest friends to want to bear (carry) the coffin at a funeral. The hardest of men can find this impossible on the day of the funeral. A professional Funeral Director will always have the same number of his colleagues available to help his clients if they find the task too hard as he would have if they had not indicated they intended to bear.
Generally four men are required with the tallest standing the furthest from the hearse when the coffin is taken off. The number one rule is to stay facing the hearse at all times. A coffin/deceased is carried foot first at all times and so when the coffin is taken from the hearse and the bearers have the coffin on their shoulders they will still be facing the hearse. Once settled the bearers will have to turn around before they proceed.
of people choose a religious form of a ceremony which follows their cultural
is laid down in the service books at the crematorium or local place of
may also be arranged in two parts: first a service at the place of worship,
and then a committal at the crematorium or cemetery.
you want a non-religious funeral, then the British Humanist
Association runs a helpline, (020 7079 3580), which will
put you in touch with a local secular efficient. Their website
also has a searchable database of officiants (by postcode) that you might want to use.
A Woodland Burial
are choosing a woodland burial site instead of a cemetery or crematorium
are now over seventy woodland burial sites in the UK
be possible to be buried in a cardboard or wicker coffin or even in a shroud
a tree is planted, at others, the site is already a nature reserve but
individual plaques may still be possible