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.
As a highly personal way to celebrate an individual’s life, there are numerous possibilities and almost anything can be considered. Contact us and we’ll be happy to run through the choices available and help you decide.
Some common considerations are whether you’d like hymns or prayers or a special piece of music played. You could also think about poetry or a reading and, if you want, photographs displayed.
To help you decide, you’ll find a list of options in the James Hawes & Goodchild Funeral Directors step-by-step guide.
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