Meeting Your Needs
A funeral service is a very
personal event and people often have different requirements. We will do
everything we can to ensure that your needs are met and that you can
arrange the funeral you want for a loved one.
What Happens at the Funeral?
There is no set procedure for a
funeral but traditionally the funeral procession starts at the house of
the person who has died – or sometimes the hospital or funeral
home – with the coffin and cars travelling to the place where the
funeral service will take place. The hearse sometimes goes straight to
the service and mourners meet there.
The coffin is taken in to where
the funeral service is to be held and close family members usually
follow and sit at the front. For a burial, the coffin will be taken to
the grave and lowered into the grave while a short service is held.
For a cremation, the coffin will
be taken to the crematorium and placed on a stand. Towards the end of
the service music is played and traditionally the coffin disappears
from view. If you want the coffin to remain on view until after the
mourners have left, please tell the funeral director.
Remember that there will be a time
limit for the service. You can book more time at the crematorium if you
like, although this may cost extra.
After the funeral, friends and
family usually get together for some refreshments, which often takes
place at the deceased’s house, the house of a close family member
or at a local pub or hotel.
On the day of the funeral, the hearse
will take the coffin to the funeral service. The hearse is usually
followed by limousines that carry the chief mourners.
Please let us know if there is a
special route you would like the procession to take. We can discuss
this with you when you make the arrangements.
Many people choose flowers that were a
favourite of the person who has died, which can be another way of
making the funeral more personal.
Some people prefer to have flowers
from the family only and choose an organisation for people to donate to
instead of buying flowers.
Music, including hymns, tapes, CDs and
live music, often plays an important part in a funeral service. Some
churches have strict rules on the type of music allowed. If there is an
organ, make sure the organist can play the hymns or songs you want.
We will do our best to arrange
anything we can for you. Some of the things people choose include
horse-drawn hearses and releasing doves at the crematorium or at the