Funeral of your choice
Whilst funerals are usually sad occassions, meaningful funerals can assist people to cope with their loss. Such funerals can be sources of strength, hope and peace.
Funeral directors have the facilities and expertise to offer you a full range of options. They will discuss your preferences and assist you to plan an appropriate funeral service.
Decisions to make will include
- When and where you would like the funeral to be held.
- The type of service you desire.
- If burial or cremation will follow the service (for many
people this decision may reflect religious or ethic attitudes
and family traditions).
- Which coffin or casket and clothing you want for the
- Details about the viewing of the deceased.
- Who you would like to be involved.
- What floral arrangements and motor vehicles
would be appropriate and any other relevant
The day of the service
The funeral is now in the hands of the funeral director who will guide, advise and direct your family, friends and mourners through the events of the day.
The responsibilities of a funeral director include:
- Arrange all matters requested by the family taking into
consideration the legal, social, cultural, and religious
considerations relating to the deceased and to the
- Preparation of the deceased.
- Collation of certificates from hospital or doctor’s surgery.
- Completion of statutory requirements, including forms.
- Preparation and insertion of newspapers notices.
- Contact with clergyman or funeral clebrant
- Organise bookings at the church, cemetery and/or
- Officially register the death.
- Obtain copies of the Death Certificate.
- Organise all details of the funeral service, including the
supply of vehicles.
- Advise on religious requirements in relation to the funeral
service and to visitation and other customs prior to and
after the funeral.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
It may be helpful to talk to someone who has had training in the area of grief and who is able to assist in finding healthy approaches to grief. We at Sympathy Funerals may arrange bereavement counselling.