People are sometimes uncertain about what is involved in a cremation service. A cremation service can be religious or non-religious, or you may decide to have no service at all.
The duration of the funeral service can vary depending on where the cremation will take place, but the service will normally last between 30 minutes to an hour, allowing time for mourners to enter the chapel, hold the service and exit the chapel. If you feel that you need a longer period of time, it is possible to book the following service slot at the crematorium for an additional fee.
The service can be held at a different location if you prefer, such as a Church, followed by a committal ceremony at the crematorium. The committal is the end part of the service before the body is cremated. When making the arrangements with your funeral director you will be able to decide if you would like the curtain to close around the coffin, or the curtain can remain open until everyone leaves the chapel.
You can arrange for your own Minister to carry out the service or your funeral director can help with finding a suitable person to lead the service for you. We work with a variety of Minsters and Celebrants that we can recommend, or one of our funeral directors could lead the funeral service for you.
It is important to remember that your funeral director will arrange the service to your specifications and will allow as much time at each location as you think you will need. Everything will be conducted in a timescale which is suitable for you and your family.
The funeral director will be there throughout the service and when the service is over he or she will lead the family out of the chapel, followed by other mourners. You will have an opportunity to look at the floral tributes and the family will have time to greet people and thank them for attending.