Our funeral director’s guide to dressing the deceased
Many people wish for their loved one to wear familiar clothing when they are buried or cremated.
We can offer helpful advice on dressing the deceased.
A funeral procession is also called a funeral cortege. It is a slow, solemn and respectful convoy of vehicles. The cortege conveys the deceased and mourners from the funeral ceremony to the crematorium or graveside.
Carrying the coffin
A pallbearer is traditionally one of the people who help to carry someone’s coffin from the hearse to the funeral venue. If they are being buried, this would include the grave. People chosen to do this, or who would like to, are usually close family members and friends.
Alternative funeral Ideas
It’s often the little things that can make a loved one’s final goodbye or celebration more personal. Allow us to inspire you with some wonderful, unique, and alternative funeral ideas.
How to write a eulogy
Writing and delivering a eulogy is a deeply emotional experience. It can be a positive experience for some, it must be remembered that it can be too difficult for others.
The funeral reception
The funeral reception, or wake, held after the funeral service can be a traditional or unique affair. Personalised funerals become more popular. Therefore, people are choosing to use this time to celebrate the life of their loved one rather than mourn their passing.
The newspaper notice or obituary is an important opportunity to publicly announce the death and funeral details. It can also be used to detail where any donations or floral tributes and funeral flowers can be sent.
After the funeral
After the funeral, you are not alone. Bennetts Funeral Directors will continue to support you. We offer all our bereaved families practical information and a vast network of bereavement support services.
Dealing with loss and bereavement can be a very difficult and confusing time for any individual or family and losing someone we love is probably one of the hardest experiences many of us will ever go through. Our local bereavement support groups, courses, and seminars will guide and support you through your healing process. You are not alone!
If you visit your loved one at the Chapel of Rest, we can arrange for them to be presented in the clothes you have chosen. Dressing the deceased in their own clothing is usually perfectly fine, as a rule. There may be some exceptions, particularly for cremations. We can inform you of the regulations which restrict certain materials.
We provide a caring and dignified service
Bennetts Undertakers dress the deceased with care and dignity. We offer our best efforts as a way to honor the deceased and the family. It’s important for families and friends to have final memories of their loved one which are significant and meaningful.