What Happens on the Day of the Funeral? A Burial

Many people wonder and are not aware –

What happens on the day of a funeral?

At A Burial

The cortege will arrive at the agreed address at the time given to you on your confirmation letter (please allow us a couple of minutes either side of this time for variations in the volume of traffic). Your Funeral Director will greet you at your door, and escort you and your family to the limousine(s). Once everyone is seated, the Funeral Director will walk the cortege away from the house, before getting in to the hearse and travelling to the place of service.

At a church, the Funeral Director will first go and speak with the minister, then come and collect you when everything is ready. Please remain seated in the limousine until the Funeral Director returns to assist you. The coffin will be taken in to the church and you will be asked to follow behind. Once inside the Funeral Director will guide you to your seats.  At the end of the service, the coffin will be taken out of church, and placed on to the hearse to travel to the cemetery.

At the cemetery, the Funeral Director will lead the way to the grave, and again you will be asked to follow behind the coffin. You may gather around the grave, whilst the committal takes place, and you will be invited to scatter earth/holy water into the grave. Some people also choose to bring single stemmed flowers for the same purpose. Please give thought to suitable footwear when attending a burial in winter/wet weather, as the ground can be quite slippery. The Funeral Director will then lead you to look at the flowers, which will be laid out along the ground.  Once you have left the cemetery, the flowers will be placed on to the grave. If you wish your floral tribute to remain on the coffin whilst it is lowered, then please tell us in advance.

Following the committal service at the cemetery, the limousine(s) will take you back to an address of your choice, or to a reception venue. Please advise us of the return destination prior to the day of the funeral to ensure our chauffeurs can be instructed accordingly

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