Burial or Cremation

The format of a funeral service follows a series of very personal choices, one of those choices is burial or cremation. Some people are aware of what their loved one would have wanted, such as cremation, burial or green burial. They may have left a funeral wish-list, in a written document or Will, about their funeral choices. Many people take personal comfort in fulfilling a funeral wish for the person who has died.

Burial

Burials most commonly take place in churchyards and cemeteries. Normally, subject to availability and local regulations, you can opt for either a new or existing grave.

  • Existing graves: Burial in an existing grave requires that you have the deeds to the plot and there is sufficient room for additional internments. We can assist in locating the deeds if they are not currently in your possession.
  • New graves: New grave plots are purchased from the Local Authority. In some cases, nearby plots can be reserved or purchased at the same time for the future internment of a surviving spouse or family member.
  • Burial fees: Fees may be applied to both new and existing plots, for the removal or replacement of existing headstones.
  • Alternative burials: There is no obligation to arrange a funeral in a churchyard or cemetery. We will do our utmost to accommodate alternative setting requests such as woodland or maritime burials.

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Cremation

While most crematoria incorporate their own chapel, you may wish for the main service to take place in a church or other venue before moving to the crematorium. When arranging a funeral, cremation may be your clearly favoured option over a burial. What can be harder to decide on, however, is a final resting place for the ashes, this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. We can guide you through the various possibilities, provide a quote for memorial masonry, and discuss any costs and local regulations that might be involved.

Scattering ashes

Families can decide on one or more places of relevance to their loved one and, by scattering their ashes there they feel content. Permission from local authorities may be required to scatter ashes in certain places, and we can advise on such controls.

Popular settings include:

  • crematorium grounds
  • on a family grave
  • in your garden
  • places of fond memories
  • in woodland or on moorland
  • at sea
  • Abroad

Burying ashes

Burying ashes allows families to return to the burial site whenever they wish, erect a memorial, and even inter the ashes of several family members together, in adjacent plots. We can advise on suitable urns and caskets for such purposes, and quote for memorial masonry, if required. It’s important to seek permission from the relevant authorities when planning to bury ashes, some churches and cemeteries, for example, will need to see the Certificate of Cremation issued by the original crematorium before proceeding, we can handle such arrangements on your behalf.

Keeping the ashes

Specially designed urns or caskets can be used to keep the ashes at home – an option taken, in some cases, to allow for a partner or spouse’s ashes to be buried or scattered at the same time, upon their passing.

Keeping a small amount of the ashes in a piece of jewellery, such as a specially designed locket, or glass ring, is another option, taken by some to give a feeling of closeness to a loved one.

“May we take this opportunity to express our grateful thanks for the kind service you provided on the sad loss of our son Corey. Along with the other support we have received, your service has helped us at this difficult time.”
Tom and Elaine Sharpling

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