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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.

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Funeral cortege

A funeral procession is also called a funeral cortege. It is a slow, solemn and respectful convoy of vehicles, which conveys the deceased and the mourners from the site of the funeral ceremony to the crematorium or graveside.

The Funeral Cortege

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 and, if they are being buried, to their grave. People who are chosen to do this or who would like to, are usually very close family members and friends.

Guide to carrying the coffin

Alternative funeral Ideas

To arrange a unique funeral, 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.

Guide to alternative funerals

How to write a eulogy

For many people, close family, friends, and work colleagues, writing and delivering a eulogy is a deeply emotional experience, and though it can be a positive experience for some, it must be remembered that it can be too difficult for others.

Guide to delivering a eulogy

The funeral reception

Sometimes referred to as the wake, the funeral reception held after the funeral service can be a traditional or unique affair. As personalised funerals become more popular, people are choosing to use this time to celebrate the life of their loved one rather than mourn their passing.

Guide to organising a funeral reception

Newspaper notices

When arranging a funeral the newspaper notice or obituary is not only an important opportunity to publicly announce the death and funeral details, but it can also be used to detail where any donations or floral tributes and funeral flowers can be sent.

Guide to writing an obituary

After the funeral

After the funeral, you are not alone. Bennetts Funeral Directors will continue to support you, and all our bereaved families with practical information and a vast network of bereavement support services.

Guide to bereavement support

Bereavement support

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!

Bereavement Support Services

When dressing the deceased any attire that reflects a personal passion or hobby or an occasion or achievement is increasingly popular. This might include wedding dresses, football strips, military uniforms, or motorbike leathers. You are also more than welcome to bring in your loved one’s make-up, perfume, or aftershave.

If you are visiting 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 – although there may be some exceptions, particularly for cremations (we need to comply with regulations which restrict certain materials).

If you are arranging a funeral for a loved one, we can offer support and advice if you’re considering providing clothing for dressing the deceased.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to book an appointment at the Chapel of Rest, please contact a member of our staff.

Call us on 01277 210104 and 01277 627492, We are here to help.