Type of funeral

Choosing between cremation or burial

The first choice people usually make is about the type of funeral service that will take place. Whether you choose a cremation or a burial, we will be there to make all the arrangements on your behalf.

Some things to consider about a cremation:

  • It can cost less than a burial.
  • The funeral service can be held at the crematorium chapel.
  • The service may also take place in a church or another location before going to the crematorium for the committal.
  • There will be a strict time limit for the length of the service at the crematorium chapel. If available, a double session can be booked if deemed necessary.
  • You will need to decide the final resting place of the ashes. You can keep the ashes in an urn, scatter or bury them.
  • If you are planning to scatter the ashes soon after the cremation we can loan you a suitable urn or casket.

Some things to consider about a burial:

  • The choice of cemetery or burial ground.  Council Cemeteries such as Carisbrooke Cemetery (Mount Joy), Newport Cemetery and many others.  Parish Council Cemeteries such as Arreton, Brighstone and many others.  Churchyards although some have limited space.  Private cemeteries such as woodland burial grounds.
  • You may already have a family grave or plot. We can arrange for this to be reopened and the headstone to be removed and stored before burial.
  • In some areas, burial space may be limited or may be very expensive.
  • You might want to pre-purchase several plots or a large plot if you or your family want to be buried close by.
  • Woodland burials are now very popular. We can organise woodland burials at various sites on the island.
  • You can hold the funeral service in venues including, a local church of your denomination, in a cemetery or crematorium chapel, at the graveside or suitable venues. We can advise on a suitable locations to suit your wishes.
  • After the burial you will need to consider if you want a memorial headstone, or a new inscription on an existing headstone.

For all burials there are fees involved that could include the following:

  • Cost to purchase a new grave (called an ‘exclusive right of burial’).
  • Opening or re-opening the new or pre-purchased grave.
  • Removal, storage and replacement of any existing memorials, headstones, etc.

We can also give you advice on choosing a memorial and any local regulations you should know about.

The funeral

Cremation or burial

The funeral service

Funeral vehicles & Cortège

Flowers & donations

Coffins & Urns

Direct cremations

Funeral plans and costs

“I’d just like to express our utmost gratitude not only for yesterday but over the last couple of weeks. The compassion you showed when dealing with our family in such difficult circumstances was such a comfort. Yesterday’s Service was just what we wanted. Please convey my thanks to your staff who behaved with dignity and respect throughout.”

Martin Cook – Newport