Your choices when arranging & planning an Essex funeral with Bennetts Funeral Directors.
Cremation or Burial, Humanist Funeral or Traditional Religious Service. When arranging and planning a funeral in Essex, which should i choose for my loved one?
Arranging and planning a funeral for someone we love is one of the most difficult things we have to do in life. If you are arranging a funeral in Essex, Bennetts Undertaker Services and Funeral Directors of Essex are here to guide you through the options available. The staff at our Essex Funeral Home will assist you sensitively, in choosing and creating a unique and fitting funeral service.
Choosing a burial with Bennetts Funeral Home
Burials are most commonly carried out in a churchyard or cemetery. Depending on local regulations and availability, you usually have the choice between using a new or existing grave.
Existing graves: If there is already a grave available, perhaps forming part of a family plot, we will require the deeds of the grave or other related documents. Don’t worry if you don’t have them, we can assist you in locating them, if they are not to hand. We will also need to check there is enough space. New graves: When purchasing a new grave, some authorities may allow you to reserve or purchase grave space next to it.
Please note that a burial has fewer restrictions about the placing of personal possessions with your loved one, the choice of clothing and decoration than a crematorium. We can advise you on any restrictions.
Arranging a cremation with Bennetts your local undertakers
If you decide to choose cremation, at the crematorium you can choose between a full service or a shorter committal service. You can hold a cremation after a funeral service or a cremation followed by a memorial service.
The committal is held at the end of the service in the crematorium. There may be a closing of curtains as the committal takes place, or the coffin may move gently from sight.
There are some restrictions (metal objects and certain materials) on what can be included in a committal. We can advise on this.
In addition, you may like to discuss with us, or family members, the options for final disposition of the remains. Usually, the cremated remains are scattered, buried, entombed, or kept at home.
Which funeral should I choose for my loved one?
Bennetts Funeral Directors Essex offer alternative choices to burial in a churchyard or cremation at a cemetery.
- Religious funerals, as mentioned above would including hymns and prayers with a minister of the chosen religion. Whatever your faith, Bennetts Funeral Directors, set out to create a unique tribute which will truly reflect the life and religious beliefs of the deceased.
- Humanist funeral, the term ‘humanist funeral’ is often used to describe a non-religious funeral, or one which may have religious elements, but is not led by a religious leader, and since it is led by family and friends can be a very personal tribute to the deceased.
- The low cost funeral service, or simple funeral, is a low cost, basic funeral package, simple yet dignified, for those wishing to arrange a simple yet dignified funeral service, where the cost is kept to a minimum, Bennetts Undertaker Services can offer help and advice.
- The Woodland funeral, although green burials and eco funerals are a relatively new idea, Bennetts Funeral Directors of Essex, see them as simply an alternative funeral service and one which is becoming increasingly popular, and work with two beautiful Green burial sites in the county of Essex.
Whether it is a ‘green’ woodland burial, a sea burial, or a cremation with a humanist service, it really is up to you, to decide what you want. Bennetts Undertaker Services will be there to offer advice and guidance where it might be needed, to help you create a funeral that is unique, for your loved one.
Throughout the world the cultural, social and religious backgrounds of people can vary considerably as can their personal convictions and lifestyles. Bennetts Funerals are glad to work with people from any faith and background and we will be able to give you more detailed information when you speak to us.
Please call us on 01277 210104, we are here to help you with choosing the type of funeral that it right for you, your family and your loved ones.
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I just wanted to thank you on behalf of my family and I for the absolutely wonderful job you made of my late Father’s funeral. The service your men provided was outstanding and I would like you to thank every one of them for me; they were all so attentive, smart, well spoken and courteous. You made something I was dreading much better than I expected. I wish you every success in the future.