A funeral service is a service held before a person’s burial or cremation. It can be religious or non-religious, typically held in a crematorium or cemetery chapel. Non-religious ceremonies can also take place at a natural burial site, a parish hall or hotel.
The funeral procession can begin at the home of the person who has died. Immediate family will convene and transport to the funeral venue will be pre-arranged (chauffeur driven limousines, taxis or private cars can be used). The coffin may precede the funeral cortege in a hearse (a specially adapted vehicle used for transporting coffins).
Pallbearers will escort the coffin into the funeral service venue. The service is conducted by a church minister, celebrant, funeral director or family member. A printed order of service is useful so that mourners know what will happen.
What happens at a funeral service?
Typically this will involve:
- A procession with music
- Readings by a minister, celebrant and/or friends and family
- Prayers, hymns or music
- Committal and blessing
- Closing music
After the funeral service, there follows a committal service prior to the body of the deceased being buried or cremated.
Do you need to have a funeral service?
You may decide to have a funeral service prior to the burial or cremation, however it is not mandatory. A perfectly feasible alternative is to have a more simple committal service. This could be followed by a remembrance or celebration of life service, which can even be held as a stand-alone event at a later date.
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