Independent funeral arrangements

Alternative methods are available when arranging a funeral, widening your choice and providing the opportunity to reduce the costs.

Coronavirus funerals update

Following further government guidance we have now reopened all of our cemeteries and graveyards. Families can now once again visit to pay their respects and lay flowers to their loved ones. Attendance at funerals will be restricted to a maximum of 30 people (15 in cemetery chapels and 25 in the crematorium chapel with the remainder staying outside). Attendees must remember the social distancing recommendations of at least 2 meters from each other. We have put in place cleaning between funerals to help minimise the risk of infection between people attending funerals. 

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.

The service

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.

Further information

If you are considering an independent funeral, or you would like more information or advice, contact us: 

Last updated: 10 March 2021 16:41:12