Final Farewells: Civil Funerals & Bereavement Support Services will spend whatever length of time is necessary with the family creating a service consisting of music and/or poetry readings with special memories for the family, perhaps a hymn and/or prayer and a suitable committal. With the family's help, Gary will write a tribute to the deceased telling his/her “life story” and relate experiences and qualities to capture the essence and enduring spirit of the deceased.
The tribute is then given to an immediate family member for approval to ensure all the facts are correct. After the ceremony, a copy of the tribute is given to the family to keep. When all this is in place, Gary will then conduct the service. Many civil funerals take place at the crematorium but this does not have to be the case. Any suitable venue can be used and the venue can be chosen by the family in conjunction with their undertaker. A civil funeral is one which reflects the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their loved ones. It is composed and conducted in accordance with instructions of the deceased and their family.
A funeral service may contain poems, songs, music, and readings from books, all of which have meaning for the deceased and the friends and family gathered for the funeral. Tributes can also be paid to the deceased by family members and by the celebrant if required by the family. The length of service is determined by the wishes of the family and is organised in conjunction with the undertaker.
A civil funeral provides an opportunity to celebrate, remember and pay fitting tribute to the deceased. It is a time for people to come together and support each other in their grief and to pay a fitting final farewell to their loved one.
A civil funeral service provides a unique and special opportunity to our clients who wish to have a funeral ceremony built around the wishes of the deceased and their family rather than a religion-based “traditional” funeral.