Service Considerations

It’s important to remember that there is no “right” way to hold a funeral.

A funeral should simply reflect and celebrate the person who has died, as well as the family and friends who survive that person.

Funeral Types

We pride ourselves in delivering care and services that fit each family we serve. Not only do we guide you in making your decisions, we help you design a service that best expresses and celebrates the life of the one you love. As far as the actual type of funeral service is concerned, most people choose from one of a variety of common formats. Here are some of the more common service types held:

  • Single venue service with cremation or burial
    A service is normally held in a chapel, church or other external venue and is followed by a non-attended cremation or burial.
  • Multiple venue service with cremation or burial
    A service is normally held in a chapel, church or other external venue and is followed by an attended committal service at the crematorium or graveside.
  • Graveside service
    An attended service is held at the graveside and incorporates the burial.
  • Memorial service
    Normally held in a chapel, church or other external venue some time after a non-attended burial or cremation.
  • Unattended service
    A private cremation or burial with no-one in attendance.

Burial or Cremation?

Whether it is simply a matter of personal preferences or due to cultural or religious reasons, the choice between burial or cremation can be particularly emotional. Some people feel that burial is the most fitting way to lay a loved one to rest and some religions strictly require burial, while other religions prefer cremation.

Choosing an Officiant

For those who follow a faith it may be appropriate to have a clergy officiate, whilst others may be more comfortable with a celebrant.

Both celebrants and clergy often perform several duties as part of their care including:

  • Meeting with your family
  • Acting as master of ceremonies
  • Offering words of encouragement or eulogy

Choosing a Venue

Choosing a venue at which to hold a funeral service, particularly one where you will not be rushed, is one of the biggest decisions that you will need to make during the arrangement process. Some venues offer simple services with the provision of seating and shelter only, while others offer full audio-visual systems as well as catering and staff.

Coffin or Casket?

The terms “coffin” and “casket” are often used interchangeably, however a coffin and a casket are not the same thing. While both a casket and a coffin serve the same general purpose, the difference between the two is found in the design, where a coffin tapers toward the feet and head whilst being wider at the shoulders; a casket is usually a rectangular shape and has a hinged lid.

Burial or Cremation?

Whether it is simply a matter of personal preferences or due to cultural or religious reasons, the choice between burial or cremation can be particularly emotional. Some people feel that burial is the most fitting way to lay a loved one to rest and some religions strictly require burial, while other religions prefer cremation.

Choosing an Officiant

For those who follow a faith it may be appropriate to have a clergy officiate, whilst others may be more comfortable with a celebrant.

Both celebrants and clergy often perform several duties as part of their care including:

  • Meeting with your family
  • Acting as master of ceremonies
  • Offering words of encouragement or eulogy

Choosing an Officiant

For those who follow a faith it may be appropriate to have a clergy officiate, whilst others may be more comfortable with a celebrant.

Both celebrants and clergy often perform several duties as part of their care including:

  • Meeting with your family
  • Acting as master of ceremonies
  • Offering words of encouragement or eulogy

Choosing a Venue

Choosing a venue at which to hold a funeral service, particularly one where you will not be rushed, is one of the biggest decisions that you will need to make during the arrangement process. Some venues offer simple services with the provision of seating and shelter only, while others offer full audio-visual systems as well as catering and staff.

Coffin or Casket?

The terms “coffin” and “casket” are often used interchangeably, however a coffin and a casket are not the same thing. While both a casket and a coffin serve the same general purpose, the difference between the two is found in the design, where a coffin tapers toward the feet and head whilst being wider at the shoulders; a casket is usually a rectangular shape and has a hinged lid.

High Quality Stationery

Funeral stationery can be as unique and personalised as the funeral service itself.

Our dedicated team of multimedia professionals will liaise with your arranger and using professional software and equipment, produce high quality stationery for your service.

  • Memorial Book
    A personalised book which can be signed by attendees at the service.
  • Orders of Service
    Personalised booklets outlining the order of your funeral service.
  • Bookmarks
    Personalised and laminated bookmarks can be created and given to friends and family as a keepsake that they can take away and cherish.
  • Thank You Cards
    High quality printed cards and envelopes are an ideal way to show your appreciation for assistance, both practical and emotional, during this time.