Funeral TypesFuneral Types

Not only do we guide you in making your decisions, we help you design a service that best expresses and celebrates the life of the one you love. This is something we pride ourselves on.

Regarding the type of funeral service, most families choose from one of the common formats listed below. It’s important to remember that there is no “right” way to hold a funeral. A funeral should simply reflect and celebrate the person who has died, as well as the family and friends who survive that person.

Here are some of the more common service types held.

Single Venue Service

A Single Venue Service is held either in a church, chapel or other venue and is followed by a private, non-attended cremation or burial. This type of service is most common with cremations as it is usual for family to remain behind for the wake and gathering with mourners following the service, and not following to the crematorium.

Dual Venue Service

A Dual Venue Service is held either in a church, chapel or other venue and followed by a committal service attended by guests (or just family) at the cemetery graveside or crematorium. This service type is more common for a burial service and depending on the service format, the committal (burial) may take place either following the main service or before. There is no right or wrong sequence.

Graveside Service

For a simple service, many families decide on a Graveside Service in the case of a burial. We always provide a portable sound system which includes a wireless microphone and CD/IPod connection to ensure all guests can hear spoken words, as well as allowing family to play special music as a tribute. Most cemeteries also provide shade and some chairs for guests.

Memorial Service

Normally held in a chapel, church or other venue some time after a non-attended burial or cremation. Sometimes this service is held at the time of memorialising ashes in a ashes plot, collumbarium wall or scattering service.

Unattended (Private) Service

This service type is a private cremation or burial with no attendance by family or guests. Having an Unattended Service is not only a simple service, it is also more economic as there is less requirement for use of the hearse, attendance by staff at a funeral service, etc. This type of service is becoming more common as families wish to be more involved in organising a casual, less formal memorial service.