What is an address?
An address is a short speech about the person who has passed away and is usually delivered by a minister during the service, however this can also be delivered by a close friend or relative.
Before the funeral, it is very important to put a lot of thought into this as it will add a personal touch to the service and will be one of the main things that people remember from the funeral. Usually, during the address the short speech includes things like how the person liked to be known, a short history of events within their life such as childhood, connections, likes and dislikes or simply anything that made them who they are and finally and most importantly, their character. Sometimes an old family story can make a huge difference to the service.
What music can we use?
Any music choice can be catered for ranging from organ music to CD’s. Usually within a church there is an organist and music and hymns can be arrange in conjunction with the minister to be used within the funeral service. You will need to remember that some hymns have more than one tune.
When a service is held at a crematorium, we can often be limited by time however it is possible to play two or three pieces of music. It is also possible to book a double service time which will allow for more music to be played during the service. If you would like any help and advice on music played during the service, we are more than happy to help.
If you would like us to contact the person holding the service on your behalf, or would like us to work with and advise you on how to conduct the most appropriate form of service, we are more than happy to help. Simply visit us and ask how we can help with this.
Can I view at the chapel of repose?
This choice is entirely personal. Many people gain comfort and closure by visiting the chapel of repose to pay their final respects to a loved one, however some people do prefer not to visit in order to preserve happier times within their personal memories. It is also possible to ask for the coffin to be taken home so that you can pay your respects in a more comfortable environment.
Usually we will supply a dressing gown or robe to dress the person who has passed away, however if you would prefer to supply us with personal clothes for them then we are more than happy to oblige. If the person usually wore dentures or spectacles it will also help to present a more natural appearance.
Treasured items and artifacts such as flowers, photographs and cards can be placed in the coffin by loved ones. If the deceased was wearing jewellery than you will need to decide if this will be left with them or returned to their next of kin.