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.
CHOOSING A FUNERAL DIRECTOR
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.
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.
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.
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.