Traditional Funerals

Funerals are held in many different ways according to people’s beliefs and religion. However, these funeral services have a lot in common as well. For starters, all funerals are structured ceremonies, with the beginning, middle, and ending parts. All the parts are to involve those who have attended the funeral and those who are grieving in activities that will change their status within the community, provide mourners with a meaningful grieving experience, and celebrate a life that’s been lived.

Funerals can be labelled as the start of a defined period of mourning for the grieving family members, and it marks the transition in a uniquely memorable way. Therefore, the focus of a funeral – no matter how it is held- lies in acknowledging a change.

Traditional funerals are the most common type of funeral ceremony held all around the world, they include a formal funeral service, use of a hearse to transport the body to the funeral location and graveside, and burial, entombment, or cremation of the human remains. Traditional funerals are expensive because a lot of things are needed but they are the most satisfying and decent way of saying goodbye to the deceased and a celebration of life.


In the event of the death of a loved one, we ensure the highest quality and most personal funeral service. N E Downing will always look after you and your family with compassionate, respectful, and uncompromising care. We have been family funeral directors for over 100 years so if you would like to speak to us about the loss of a loved one, we are based in multiple areas such as Blackheath, Brierley Hill, Kingswinford, Hagley, Dudley & Gornal.

Components of a Traditional Funeral

Traditional funerals all have the very same main components and we have explained these components in detail below:

Wake or Visitation

The main purpose of a wake or visitation is to give guests a chance to pay their respects to the deceased and also say their condolences to the grieving family. This chance is limited during the funeral service. At this time, the body is placed in a casket, and either open or closed based on what the family wants. The guests are then supposed to walk to the casket, pay their last respects by saying a few words or prayer, and then proceed to say condolences to the grieving family. The right and simple words to say to the grieving family are “I am sorry for your loss” or “my deepest condolences”, especially when there are a lot of people who are also in the line of showing support to the grieving family.

Funeral Service

The purpose of a funeral service is to honour the life of the deceased. This is whereby the family and friends gather up to remember the life of the deceased, the impact they left behind, the memories they share, and finally, the service is the time when all friends and families say their final goodbyes to the deceased. Usually, the service takes place at church or the graveside/cemetery. This is also the place where the priest may preach, the bible is read, hymns are sung, and the eulogy is given.

Committal Service

This service is a ritual element of the service whereby the deceased remains are laid in their final resting place, the service takes place either at the graveside, funeral chapel, or any appropriate locations. If the deceased requested to be cremated, then the committal service may take place at the crematorium, funeral home, or chapel. The rituals are usually religious but it’s all up to what the family beliefs are. If the family members decide to include the committal service, the funeral director is there to guide you throughout the process.

Funeral Reception

After the funeral has been completed, families may need a social gathering where food and drinks will be served. This social gathering will give the grieving family an opportunity to thank all the guests and friends for attending the funeral. The funeral reception is also a place where the family may share memories they have with the deceased and comfort each other in the process. The reception is usually held at a family home, in a room at the funeral home, or on church grounds.

Traditional Funeral Service:

Our Traditional and Bespoke funerals are provided to allow you to fully personalise the funeral service to the individual.  This can include the type of hearse used, personalised Orders of Service, a Willow coffin to name a few.  Our trained staff will sit down and go through all the options available to you.  As each funeral is tailored to an individual family’s requirements, there is no set price.  An example of such a funeral at a Gornal or Stourbridge Crematorium is detailed below. 

  • Our professional services, completion of all legal paperwork required for cremation and our attendance on the day of the funeral. 
  • Conveyance of the deceased into our care* 
  • An Oak Veneered coffin is suitable for cremation. 
  • Deceased dressed in their own clothes or shroud. 
  • Chapel of Rest available during office working hours. 
  • Our Mercedes Hearse and One Limousine leaving from an address of the families choice. 
  • Provision of a personalised Donation Box. 
  • Collection of ashes from the crematorium 

Disbursements to include 

  • Crematorium fee £930
  • Doctors fee for completion of medical paperwork  £82 
  • Minister/Celebrant/Humanist fee approximately £200  
  • 50 Copies, 4 page Order of Service  £75 
  • 3ft Seasonal Coffin Spray  £135 

Total Price  £3472.00 

A payment to cover the disbursements will be asked for before the funeral.  Balance of the account will be sent a week after the funeral date. 


*Conveyance of the deceased into our care during normal office hours.  If out of hours or at a weekend an additional £125 fee will be incurred. 

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Simple Funerals

This option is for a simple cremation but with an option for a family to be present for a simple service. Our services include a coffin, removal (within a 15 mile radius), hearse only and viewing.

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Direct Funerals

A Direct Funeral is a simple and cost effective funeral. The crematorium and date/time of cremation is at our discretion. There is no service as such and no one is able to attend the crematorium.  The cremated remains will be returned to you in the container the crematorium provide. 

What is the cost difference between burial and cremation?

Burial is expensive than cremation. The average cost of a full-service burial can vary but is somewhere between £1500 and £4000, excluding the cost of a casket. On the other hand, cremation usually costs one-third of these burial prices.

What is the lowest cost for a funeral?

A direct burial is the least expensive option but the cost range depending on the funeral home. However, it may cost about $1,200 t0 $1,600.

What different types of funerals are there?

Not everyone wants the same type of funeral, some want it private while others want it public, others prefer religious and cultural funerals while others would rather go for something simple. These different points of view are what determines what kind of funeral is right. Below we have listed the four types of funerals people undertake.

Traditional Full Service Burial

At a traditional funeral service, a lot of things are done, for starters, they are usually religious in nature so the pastor gives a sermon, the casket is present, friends and families may say good things about the deceased and also sing or play songs in memory of the deceased. A hearse is present to transport the remains to the burial site after the service. Traditional funeral services are very common all around the world because people believe they are the decent and proper way of grieving and saying goodbye to the deceased.

Direct Burial

When a family does not want to plan a funeral or other formal ceremonies, they may choose the direct burial funeral. These funerals do not include visitations or graveside service but the funeral home will simply bury the casket. They are affordable and they usually happen when the family does not live near the decedent.

Full Service Cremation

A full-service cremation is similar to a full-service burial. The service includes visitations and remembering the life of the deceased, and the cremated remains are also present at the service.

Direct Cremation

Direct cremations are similar to direct burials. They do not include visitations or funeral services. When the deceased is cremated, the funeral home or crematory returns the ashes to the family who may choose to have a service later on or decide not to at all. Direct cremation is the cheapest option for final disposition.