What Happens on the Day of the Funeral?
At A Burial
We will walk the cortege (within reason) from our Chapel to the agreed address at the time given to you on your confirmation letter, sometimes we may arrive a few minutes earlier or a few minutes later allowing for variations in the volume of traffic. We 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 you have chosen.
At a church, we will first go and speak with the minister, then come and collect you when everything is ready. Please remain seated in the limousine until we return to assist you.
If family/friends are acting bearers they will be asked to come forward to the hearse to prepare to carry the coffin into Church. The coffin will be taken into the church and you will be asked to follow behind. Once inside we will guide you to your seats. At the end of the service, the coffin will be taken out of church and we will guide you back to your car and the coffin will be placed on to the hearse to travel to the cemetery.
At the cemetery, we 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. You may chose to release a Dove in memory of your loved one, we can arrange this for you.
Please give thought to suitable footwear when attending a burial in winter/wet weather, as the ground can be quite slippery. We will then lead you back to the cars. 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 or wish to take floral tributes with you, then please tell us in advance.
Following the committal service at the cemetery, our chauffeurs will take you back to the address you advised us of accordingly.