Funerals And Planning

We understand that funerals are very personal and the planning of one will bring confusion and unanswered questions. At times there will seem to be too many options to have to choose from. We think it’s helpful to breakdown some of the options for you.

At some point soon you should contact your local funeral service provider in order to sit down and arrange a meeting with them.

You may want to consider, flowers, music, poems or eulogies before talking to any funeral service provider. These aspects of a funeral can be very personal so it’s a really good idea to talk these through with your nearest and dearest so they know both what to expect and are also able to possibly offer help or ideas.

Traditional Funeral

A traditional service in the United Kingdom is one which would follow your cultural/religious background. This would usually be done in a place of worship and be taken by your religious leader (who may be known to you if you are a regular worshipper). Normally, a traditional funeral is held in two parts: first a service and then a committal at the crematorium or cemetery.

Non-religious Funeral

This is becoming increasingly popular throughout the UK. Similar to a traditional funeral in all senses, but without any connotation of religion. This can be conducted by a Humanist or a Celebrant who will cater to your needs. This type of service can be either a cremation or a burial.

Woodland Burial

There are now over seventy woodland burial sites in the UK. It may be possible to be buried in a cardboard or wicker coffin or even in a shroud. In some woodland burial funerals a tree is planted, at others, the site is already a nature reserve but individual plaques of remembrance may still be possible.

Not so Common Funerals

Burial at sea is an option but there are only two places that this can happen: Newhaven and Needles Spoil Ground. When registering the death of your loved one, please let them know you are planning this route and they will be able to assist you more. You will also need a free license for this from the Marine Environmental Protection Agency.

Another growing type of funeral is a DIY one. If this is something you would like to get involved with more, please visit

Children’s Funerals

Since March 2018 the UK Government introduced the Children’s Funeral Fund for England. Under this scheme parents who have lost a child under the age of 18 will no longer have to meet the costs of burials or cremations. The usual fees are waived by the local authorities/councils and are instead met by a specific Government fund. It is important to note that this will not cover things such as flowers or unique coffins. Your Funeral Service provider will be able to advise you on what is covered.

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