Ceremony options

There is an enormous range of options when it comes to the elements that make up the funeral ceremony.

Funeral trends are changing, and people are choosing to say farewell in a variety of different ways. We want to help you say goodbye your way, be that through your choice of hearse, limousine, flowers, spoken tributes, music or the order of service.

You may want to keep the ceremony as simple as possible or you may prefer to add a variety of finishing touches that make the ideal tribute to your loved one. We understand making decisions at this difficult time may be hard, so we’re here to help throughout.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for on this page, or have some special way of saying goodbye, please talk to us on
 0121 476 9111 and we will do our best to meet your wishes.

If you’re considering a last tribute, please visit our lasting tributes page.

You can call our 24 hour call out service on

0121 476 9111

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Flowers

Flowers have long been a traditional feature of many funerals as they make a beautiful tribute. There are various options available depending on the type of funeral you are arranging.

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Coffins and caskets

Many people know exactly what they would like when they see it. However, if you need guidance, we’re here to talk you through the options in as much or as little detail as you wish. The choice is always yours and we promise to support you in whatever decision you make.

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Hearses

The vast majority of people choose a traditional cortege of a modern hearse and luxury limousines to deliver their loved one to their final resting place. However, if you would like an alternative way to honour your loved one, horse drawn hearses and more unusual modes of transport are all available.

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Tributes

Traditionally referred to as ‘eulogies’, these are personalised tributes often delivered by someone close to the person who has passed away. Spoken tributes can be be delivered by one person, or several people.

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Music

Music has long been associated with funerals and it doesn’t just have to be hymns or songs. Whether you want live or recorded music, we can help you find the right musician or music track.

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Order of service sheets

The ‘Order of Service’ is a helpful addition for attendees at the funeral as it avoids the need for different service or hymn books and allows everyone to follow the service. Our designers are always pleased to explore new ideas and create something just for you.

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The wake

A funeral wake is the name given to the social gathering that happens after the formal funeral proceedings.

It is a good opportunity to share memories with family, friends and colleagues; it is not uncommon for people to share laughter too because these occasions can be a great diffuser of heightened emotion.

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Themed funerals

These days many people prefer to invite people to wear cheerful colours rather than traditional black – some people go further and ask everyone to dress in a particular style or specific colour.

We have a range of colourful ties we can wear if that is your preference, and we can even obtain specific sporting and social club ties if that is what feels appropriate to your loved one’s funeral.

We will happily give you the benefit of our experience about the pros and cons of certain themes and we are always willing to reflect your wishes in what we wear – please talk through your ideas with us.

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Attendance cards

Funerals can be very emotional occasions and it is not always possible to notice, let alone speak to everyone who actually attended the funeral. This can be a source of sadness to some people who may never have another opportunity to obtain the contact details of mutual friends and acquaintances.

To overcome this problem we can easily provide ‘attendance cards’, complete with pens to fill them in. These cards are designed to capture the contact details of the attendees so that you can keep in touch. We place them in each pew or seat and then collect them up afterwards in readiness for them to be handed directly to you. We are aware that some firms use this information as a marketing tool – please be assured that we would never do that; we value the trust you have placed in us and would never abuse that trust.

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Book of condolences

A book of condolences can be a great comfort long after the day of the funeral. It is a lovely way to record people’s feelings and tributes forever.

We can organise a book of condolences to be at the ‘after funeral gathering’ for family and friends to note their thoughts regarding your loved one.

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Donations

Today, many people choose to have donations for a favourite charity in preference to general floral tributes. If you would like to donate to a particular cause, but are unsure of the names of relevant charities, we can provide you with a list of potential options.

For our clients’ convenience, we provide a donations tube which can be used by family and friends to make donations during the service. After the service, donations tubes are handed into the care of our clients so they can continue to collect donations at any post funeral gathering.

We also have an online donations facility for clients should you choose that option.

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Doves and balloons

Doves and balloons may be included at the end of a funeral service to signify the freeing of the spirit.

We can advise you about these as well as arranging them for you.

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Filming and photography

Making a video or photographic record of a loved one’s funeral can be a great comfort to friends and family who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend the actual event. However, you need to be mindful that some venues have strict policies regarding filming and photography and we can advise you of these, in addition to recommending professional companies to carry out your wishes in a sensitive manner.

Some funeral venues now have an additional facility which allows real time video streaming of the ceremony via in-house webcams. Use of such facilities will add cost to the event, but we will be happy to advise you about costs and availability if this is an option you would like to explore.

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Piper

A piper can add solemnity to the occasion, either playing inside or outside the funeral venue or at the graveside.

Some crematoria and cemeteries do have restrictions in place about using musicians, but we can advise you about this and arrange one of our professional and reliable pipers.

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Little things that matter

When you lose someone close, it’s often the little things that can bring you comfort. So if you think it’s important that your loved one wears that favourite shirt or dress, or that an old familiar teddy bear keeps them company, or they would have preferred to have been seen at the end wearing lipstick – just tell us and we’ll make sure your wishes are carried out if at all possible.

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