Arranging the service

There are many factors to consider when planning a service, including religious observations and ceremonies, and the wishes of the deceased.

The most common service options are:

Funeral or memorial service

These services are held in a venue such as a religious building or the premises of the funeral directors. At a funeral service, the coffin is present during the service. At a memorial service, it is not.

Graveside or crematorium service

These services are held in addition to, or in place of, a funeral or memorial service, and are usually attended by close family and friends only.

A personal and meaningful experience

Here are some of the things you may consider when arranging a personal service that is respectful to the deceased and meaningful to their loved ones.

  • Placing notices in local newspapers
  • Choosing the coffin and urn
  • Where the service will take place
  • Viewing the deceased at our Chapel of Rest
  • Who will officiate at the service (for example, a religious official)
  • The service programme – photographs, poems or other personal touches to be included
  • Flowers and wreaths, or donations to charity in lieu of these
  • Catering at the service (catering facilities are available at the Chapel of Rest)

Thom Kight & Company can assist with all these arrangements, bearing in mind your personal needs.