Arrange a beautiful, bespoke funeral service with more time and flexibilty
Most people don’t realise that you can hold a funeral service at any location or venue in the UK. Unlike weddings, you don't need to have a special license, so it could be in your home or garden, a village hall or at a private venue such as a country house or barn.
Most families who choose this option find it a far more pleasant and less stressful experience.
By separating the Service from the actual Cremation or Burial, families can have more time, more flexibility and a far more personal funeral that truly honours and reflects the life of the person who has died.
We’ve helped families create beautiful funerals in all of these places. And it can actually work out cheaper than having the service at the crematorium or in church. By combining our Full Funeral Service with a direct cremation, it's possible to significantly lower the crematorium fees, which can then be used to pay for other things like the venue or catering!
The actual cremation still takes place at the crematorium and a burial takes place at the cemetery or private Natural Burial Ground (or possibly even on your own land), but the service can happen anywhere, either before with the coffin present or afterwards without the coffin. It's your choice.
Many people find this a very beautiful and helpful option for the following reasons:
The venues are often far more attractive and personal than crematorium chapels
You can have as much time as you want, not just the 30 minutes or so allowed at a crematorium,
Timings can be far more flexible than at a church or crematorium,
You can include additional elements into the service, such as more music and greater participation from guests,
You often get exclusive use of the venue and may be able to decorate and
personalise the venue to suit your needs,
You can have both the service and refreshments at the same place.