Traditional funeral - Different Types of Funerals

There are many different types of Funerals. Furthermore,  a handful of people have visions of a traditional funeral in a church. Mourners in black, prayers, eulogies, hymns and a long procession to the graveside service. While that is still a very popular option, times have changed enough and as a result not everyone wants to start or end a funeral at a church.

Cremation​ - Different Types of Funerals

Many don’t know that 70% of funerals today end with a cremation.  Many times the funeral service will be held at the crematorium building before the body will be moved for cremation.

Some may want to consider the environmental concerns regarding a cremation. It’s true that a lot of energy is consumed during a cremation and consequently it leaves chemicals in the ashes that can impact the area where ashes are spread. Due to these reasons the Funeral Directors have come up with alternate options which are more “green” and environmentally friendly.

Green and woodland funerals - Different Types of Funerals

As a result of more environmentally conscious individuals, Some new processes and ways of doing things have been introduced to try and minimise the negative impact on the environment. In some cases, these processes have come at a cost and driven up the price of Funerals. However, many argue that these changes are both welcome and necessary to preserve the environment around us. Not only are there phosphate and emission concerns to consider, many cemeteries have found that they are simply running out of room for new plots. They are over crowded and limited in space. Which is giving wooded or meadow burials new rise in popularity. 

Across the UK it’s becoming more and more popular to have a natural burial. The charity, Natural Death Centre is involved in accrediting many of the natural burial sites. The idea behind a natural burial is to use biodegradable coffins and burial covers. In order to reduce the natural methane emissions. The coffin is buried no deeper than two feet from the top of the coffin. The same traditional services take place before the burial. The only difference being  the location of the burial site and how it’s buried.

Humanist and civic funerals - Different Types of Funerals

However, for those that aren’t religious and want to celebrate the deceased life rather than focus on an afterlife, may find that a humanist ceremony is the way to go.  It can be held in any location of your choice and is usually officiated by a celebrant (who is usually a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals). This individual will talk to the family about the deceaseds life and come up with a unique profile that will highlight the accomplishments, personality, values, or legacy of the deceased.  

Burial at sea - Different Types of Funerals

Another option, though less popular is burial at sea. There are only about 50 of these per year and can be difficult to get authorities to authorise. But still is your right if you so choose, the three points of burial off of the English coast are: The East Sussex coast, west of the Isle of Wight and Tynemouth in the northeast. By the way, Scotland has two areas off the west coast.

If you choose this option, realise there will be stringent government rules to follow. But it can still be done if there are important connections to the sea or dying last wishes to fulfil.