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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.

 

Transport

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.

Flowers

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

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.

Special requests

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 grave.