There is no one way to hold a funeral – besides the actual cremation/burial, there are no required elements.
It is your choice what it includes and how you want it to be.
A ‘traditional’ funeral generally involves a hearse and limousine meeting at the home of the deceased before travelling to the funeral venue, possibly including an additional trip if the cemetery or crematorium is located separately.
This can be a pricey way of holding a funeral and not to everyone’s taste.
Besides selecting individual products and services from a full price list, two options can be:
Simple funeral - many funeral directors, if you choose to use one, offer a simple funeral package, which is one way of reducing costs. It is important to check with funeral directors what their package includes before signing up in case it doesn’t include everything you want. If not, ask if it is possible to add these on.
Direct cremation/burial - some people prefer not to have a service, or don’t feel the need to have the service and disposal of the body at the same time. Some high-street funeral directors, and many online companies, offer direct cremations and some offer direct burials too. This is when the body is cremated or buried without anyone present. If you wish to have a service or memorial, this can be done elsewhere in any way you wish - beforehand with the deceased present e.g. at the funeral director’s chapel of rest if they offer this, or after at any venue you like, perhaps with the ashes present.
Points to be aware of:
- Direct cremations/burials are substantially lower in cost, but do tend to require all payment upfront.
- Not all crematoriums list their direct cremation option on their price lists so you may need to ask them or a funeral director.
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