Types of funerals

There are a number of different types of funerals available. Which type of funeral service is right for your loved one?

There is no legal obligation to hold a funeral service although most cultures and religions observe funeral rites. As well as an occasion to show love and respect to the person who has died, it gives family and friends another way to say goodbye, express their grief and acknowledge the death – all of which can be beneficial to the grieving process.

The ceremony can be as formal or as informal as you wish and it’s entirely up to you how much a part religion should have to play. There are a number of different types of funerals available. Which one you choose will probably depend on your beliefs, or those of your loved one and whether you choose a burial or cremation.


The service may take place at the crematorium using their chapel, or you may prefer for the service to take place in a church or other venue of your choice, prior to the cremation.

Church & cemetery burial

We can organise a burial at your chosen cemetery, graveyard or burial ground. Where purchase of a grave is allowed we can do this on your behalf. Most burial grounds have a chapel or service room; alternatively you may decide for the service to take place in a church or other venue of your choice.

Direct Cremation

A direct cremation, or unattended cremation, is a funeral with no formal funeral service and no mourners present at the cremation. Direct cremation is a good option for families who would prefer a no fuss funeral, or who would like to say their farewells in their own way. 

All of our experienced, caring Funeral Directors can assist with organising a direct cremation.

Woodland burial

As an alternative to a traditional burial we can help you arrange for your loved one’s final resting place to be in a woodland burial site. These are becoming increasingly popular as a final resting place because they provide an attractive and peaceful place to visit and reflect on your loved one’s life.

Woodland burials can still be faith based and many sites have dedicated areas for people of different religions. They have the advantage of being a greener option, using eco-friendly coffins and ashes caskets.

Religious or Non-Religious service?

Religious service

A religious service conducted by an ordained minister or clergy from a specific faith or religion. We can help organise a funeral for all religions, faiths and beliefs.

We’ve put together a series of religious funeral guides to help you if you’re planning a funeral or wanting further knowledge about a funeral you may be attending.

Non-religious ceremony

You can have a civil celebrant for a non-religious ceremony, or for a humanist ceremony we can help arrange an officiant from the humanist society to conduct the service.

What happens at a cremation service?

Cremations are fast becoming the norm in Britain with over 70% of families choosing this type of funeral.


When someone passes away in the UK, the process of repatriating someone to another country can be a complicated task for anyone to deal with.

Step by step guide

There are several steps in the Funeral Planning process you will have to consider.

Further Reading: Cost of a funeral

Find out about funeral costs and what financial support could be available.