The decision between a burial and cremation shouldn’t be taken lightly
We’re here to help you make the right decision for you and your loved one
It’s a decision that can be influenced by many factors; the deceased’s wishes, family traditions, religious or cultural beliefs, but ultimately, the choice between a burial or cremation should be given a lot of thought.
The most common form is churchyard or cemetery burials. Subject to local regulations and availability, you can choose between a new or existing plot.
We will need the deeds of the grave or any documents relating to it, however we can help if you do not already possess these and check if there is room for further interments.
When you purchase a new grave, some local authorities will allow you to reserve adjacent plots.
There may be fees for purchasing a new grave, opening the grave and the removal and re-fixing or replacement of existing headstones. We can advise you on local charges accordingly.
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 in another country 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 before the service in the crematorium chapel. Again, we are happy to take care of these arrangements for you.
Options after cremation
For some people, the toughest decision is where the ashes will rest. You may choose to scatter, bury or keep the ashes, but please remember there is no rush to make this decision. 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 or 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 or 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 would be pleased to go through all the options with you and help you make the right decision for your loved one.