Independent funeral arrangements
Alternative methods are available when arranging a funeral, widening your choice and providing the opportunity to reduce the costs.
Most people prefer to leave all the arrangements to a funeral director, who provide a caring service and a high level of professionalism.
However, there are times when family and friends may wish to have more control over the funeral arrangements. This can make the funeral more personal and meaningful, and can help them work through the grieving process. In such cases, you may limit the involvement of a funeral director or not use one at all.
An independent funeral will require you to spend time making the arrangements, which includes:
- preparation and storage of the body
- Obtaining a suitable coffin either for burial or cremation (rules apply for cremation, please ask)
- arranging a vehicle to collect and transfer the coffin
- arranging people to act as pall bearers (those who carry the coffin)
- arranging the various medical forms needed for cremation
Traditional funeral patterns do not have to be followed and it may be that a secular (non-religious) ceremony is preferred.
Family and friends may wish to devise their own personal funeral service with readings, poems, songs, music, even silent contemplation. Families who have taken their own service have found it an emotional and moving experience.
There is the opportunity for Music to be played in the chapels and organs are available in the Crematorium and Rose Hill cemetery chapels. Hymn books and prayer books are also available. There is a facility available at the crematorium for the service to be audio recorded if required.
Coffins and containers
You can purchase caskets, bronze urns or plastic containers for the cremated remains, from our Rose Hill office.
In the case of woodland burial, biodegradable coffins or shrouds are preferred as this keeps the environment as natural as possible.
If you are considering an independent funeral, or you would like more information or advice, contact us:
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