Traditional Funerals

Religious and Faith-based Ceremonies

Traditionally, rituals and ceremonies around death and dying have been religious or faith-based. Each religion and faith has its own practices and traditions. Some are fairly rigid in structure, but others are more flexible and open to including other elements.

A traditional religious ceremony would usually take place in a place of worship. It may include elements such as:

  • a burial or cremation
  • music or chanting
  • prayers and readings
  • expected forms of dress
  • a gathering afterwards

The UK is a multi-cultural society, with many faiths. For more information on different types of religious or faith-based ceremonies and services, please go to religious funerals.

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