Burials and Cremations are a difficult time we are here for you every step of the way
Deciding between a burial and cremation can be a difficult decision for you following the passing of a loved one
There are a lot of factors that may influence your choice; family traditions, religious or cultural beliefs and the wishes of the person who has died. It shouldn’t be taken lightly and we are happy to advise you on every option available to you. Below you will find some information relating to burials and cremations.
A churchyard or cemetery burial is the most common form of burial. You can choose between a new or existing plot, subject to local regulations and availability.
We will need the deeds of the grave or any documents relating to it that you have in your possession. We are happy to help if you don’t have the deeds and also check if there is room for further interments.
When you purchase a new grave, some local authorities will allow you to reserve or purchase grave space next to the one to be used.
There may be fees for the following and we can advise you on the local charges accordingly:
- Purchasing a new grave
- Opening and digging the grave
- Removal or replacement of existing headstones
You are not restricted to a churchyard or cemetery burial, in fact many people choose alternatives such as woodland burial, maritime burial and even in a local Pet Cemetery alongside a treasured pet.
If the funeral is to take place abroad we are happy to make the arrangements.
Most crematoria will have a service chapel where you can have a funeral service for your loved one. You may however, choose to hold a service in a church or another venue before the service in the crematorium chapel. Again, we are happy to take care of these arrangements for you.
Options after cremation
There is no rush to make a decision as to where the ashes will rest following cremation. You may choose to scatter, bury or keep the ashes, but there are a lot of options available and we’d be happy to talk through these with you.
You may choose to scatter the ashes:
- In the grounds of the crematorium
- In your garden
- On a family grave
- At sea
- Somewhere that holds fond memories
In some cases you may need permission from the appropriate authority – we can advise you on this.
Some families like to bury the ashes so they have a place to come visit and reflect. Memorials can be erected or and the ashes of more than one family member can be placed together. You may choose to bury the ashes:
• In the grounds of the crematorium
• In your garden
• In a churchyard
You should seek permission in each case, as the Certificate of Cremation may be required.
Many families choose to keep the ashes in specifically designed urns or caskets. In some cases this is so that when a spouse or partner dies, the remains can be scattered or buried together. We have had some families who choose to place a small amount of the ashes in a piece of jewellery, such as a locket, so that they always hold their loved one close.
We would be pleased to go through all the options with you to help you make the right decision for you and your family, be that scattering the ashes or placing them in a grave marked with a crafted lasting memorial. If you would like any details of memorials or resting places not mentioned, we would be happy to assist.