There is a simple format that most people follow when arranging a traditional funeral. Before the funeral takes place, there is usually a couple of days, where members of the family and good friends are able to visit the chapel of rest and pay their last respects to the deceased.
On the day of the funeral, the cortege will either meet at a chosen address or at the service location. The service can take place at a church, a hall, crematorium chapel or at the graveside. It can include music, the reading of literary or religious passages, a eulogy, prayer and the singing of hymns. This would be followed by a committal which will either happen at the end of the service or can take place at the crematorium.
After the funeral has taken place, you may decide to invite people to a post service gathering at a reception venue. This can be at a bar, a Working Men’s Club, Hotel, Restaurant or a suitable place that you wish to go back to. This is considered a time to share memories, laughter, and support.
A funeral service has two functions: to acknowledge the death and lifetime achievements of an individual and to bring grieving family members and friends together in support of one another during this difficult time.