Today, there are many styles of coffin and ashes caskets to choose from. You may decide to have a traditional wooden coffin or something more unique. We can show you what is available and guide you through your decisions.
We are able to give advice on all aspects of music for the funeral service and make the necessary arrangements.
You may like a friend, relative or minister to say a few words during a service about the person who has passed away. This is called a eulogy. Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of personalising the service, celebrating the life of and saying farewell to a loved one. In addition to a eulogy, you can also include a favourite poem or other readings.
There are a range of funeral transport options available. The usual choice of vehicle is the motorised hearse, followed by a number of limousines or private cars to transport close friends and family of the deceased to and from the ceremony.
However, other types of funeral transport are available. For instance a traditional horse drawn hearse. We will of course advise on availability, practicality and costs on a range of available funeral transport options.
Choosing something more unusual can help make a funeral a fitting tribute to your loved one and the list above is not exhaustive of the range of options available.
Please discuss your thoughts and ideas with us and we will do everything we can to help.
The Cortege Journey
The hearse and following vehicles are known as a ‘cortege.’ We will of course discuss where the cortege will travel to and from and if you would like a particular route planned.
We will provide a team of bearers who will carry the coffin at the service. Should you wish, friends or relatives of the deceased can also carry.
The task of carrying the coffin may seem daunting for those who have not performed the role before. However, we will give advice and direction on what to do when performing this important job, to provide reassurance and confidence for everything to go as smoothly as possible. If you decide at the last minute that the role of bearing is too stressful, our team will always be on hand.
Flowers are associated with funerals as a way of paying tribute to the deceased and expressing sympathy to the deceased’s friends and family.
There are a wide variety of different funeral flower arrangements and you can choose specific types of flowers or colours, perhaps in line with the preference of the deceased if known. There are many types of arrangements available from bespoke designs, coffin sprays, wreaths and bouquets, all in different shapes and sizes.
We can give advice on ordering funeral flowers.
Many mourners attending the funeral may also bring flowers along to the service, but in some cases families may specify that they want to restrict floral tributes to just the immediate family, opting for donations to a specified charity instead.
Part of our traditional service is to collect donations on your behalf and send them to the selected charity of your choice.
You may wish to produce a booklet detailing the order of service. The order of service sheets can also include a few words about the deceased together with a photograph of them or an image of something of significance to them.
We can assist you with this. We can print personalised orders of service on your behalf and can advise on the content, layout and design.
Many people also like to keep the service sheets after the funeral service as a keepsake or send them to those who were not able to attend.