A funeral is an occasion to remember and pay tribute to their loved one, as well as an opportunity for family and friends to say goodbye, express their grief and acknowledge the death – all of which are an important part of the grieving process.
There are a number of different types of funerals to choose from, but which one you choose will probably depend on your beliefs, or those of your loved one, and whether you choose a burial or cremation.
The service may take place at the crematorium chapel, or in a church or other venue of your choice, prior to the cremation. The coffin or casket will be brought into the crematorium by pallbearers, who will place it on a raised platform called a catafalque, ready for the committal. Different crematoria will manage the committal in different ways, usually by closing curtains around the coffin, or by lowering it out of sight.
Once the committal has taken place, the coffin will be taken into a committal room where the paperwork will be checked before it is placed into the cremator. The cremation itself takes between 60-90 minutes, after which the ashes are allowed to cool, before being transferred to an urn.