One of the first decisions you will have to make will be that of burial or cremation. This is a very personal choice and may be determined by family tradition, religious beliefs or the wishes of the deceased. Once you know what type of funeral it will be, you will then need to decide on the place of committal – where the deceased will be laid to rest.
Burials commonly take place in a churchyard or cemetery. Churchyards refer to burial sites in church grounds and usually have restrictions on who can be buried there. Many cemeteries accept both religious and non-religious burials, although some are reserved exclusively for a single faith. Your funeral arranger will be able to advise you on the suitability of each of the burial grounds in the local area.
If the deceased is to be buried in a new grave, we can assist you with locating and purchasing a new plot, and any requests you have to purchase adjacent plots. If there is already a grave (this is often as part of a family plot), we can assist you in finding out if there is space for a further burial and arranging for the deceased to be buried there.
All local crematoria have gardens of remembrance, where ashes can be laid to rest in peace and tranquillity. You will be able to choose from various forms of memorial at the crematorium, such as an entry in a book of remembrance or a miniature headstone.
Most local burial grounds have an area set aside for the interment of cremated remains. They usually permit a memorial to your loved one, with most preferring the cremated remains to be interred in some form of container.
Alternatively, you might wish to have the cremated remains returned to you as a personal remembrance. We can make the necessary arrangements for this, as well as offering a wide selection of caskets and urns.
If you wish to have a discussion with one of our funeral arrangers, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can talk through yours and your loved one’s needs and discuss how we can best celebrate their life.