What is the purpose of a funeral service?
In life, we acknowledge every monumental occasion including birthdays, christening, graduations and weddings. A funeral service is no different, with the practice of holding a ceremony to commemorate a death occurring in every civilisation throughout history.
What is the role of a funeral consultant?
The job of a funeral consultant is to assist in the planning of a funeral. They work alongside families to organise a special celebration for their loved one. During this time, they also provide support to grieving families in their time of need. Whilst they are not grief counsellors, they do provide experienced advice and can help you find a grief counsellor if need be.
Do I need to be invited to a funeral or can anyone go?
If a funeral is advertised, then anyone is welcome to attend. However, if the funeral is not advertised and the family has not personally invited you, then you should not attend. This usually indicates that the funeral is private and you must respect the wishes of the family.
Can children go to a funeral?
It is important to give children the option to attend a funeral. It is also a tough decision to make as a parent; however allowing the child to make up their own mind is sometimes a good idea. There are instances where babies and toddlers can be disruptive; however, they can provide welcome relief for members of the family.
Do I have to wear black?
Black has always been the traditional colour to wear to funerals, however, these days there is more flexibility in what people can wear. It is now appropriate for people to be dressed in colourful clothing, with some people requesting guests to be dressed in certain colours.
What if I do not want a Funeral Service?
There is no legal requirement to have a funeral service, but it is a legal requirement to be buried or cremated. Some families choose to have a memorial service or remembrance gathering with no coffin present, some families choose to have no gathering at all. You need to communicate with your family of your wishes.