Burial or Cremation
Some people have clear ideas about whether they would like to be buried or cremated and may have specified this in their Will, in a Letter of Wishes, or even verbally. If they have not, then either the next of kin or the executor will need to make that decision.
The following section compares the two options around a number of criteria.
Non-Religious or Religious Funerals
The ceremony you choose will depend on the wishes and beliefs of the person who has died, or of those closest to them. Some people will take comfort in the traditions and rituals of their faith, others may want a non-religious ceremony that perhaps allows for greater flexibility in location and content.
Many services are centred around burial or cremation of the body, although this does not have to be the case. This section provides information on the options available and links you through to sites that can provide more detail if required.
Please note that the following is not intended to prescribe or advise, but will, we hope, provide relevant context and information.
We have gathered together ideas around types of funerals. For example, an eco-friendly or ‘green’ funeral, a funeral for a child, or perhaps someone from the LGBTQ+ community.
Other Useful Information
The following sections contain lots of helpful information about the content of the service and possible costs.
Planning Tools to Help You Gather and Share Information
The whiteballoon Checklists below provide a printable summary of the things you may need to do or think about.