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Your local undertaker for alternative funerals in Essex

Let our local undertaker and funeral directors in Essex help you to create a unique, alternative funeral reflecting the life of your loved one

There are many ways to say goodbye to loved ones when the time finally comes. However, unless the person who has died has left specific instructions as to how they would like their funeral conducted, grieving family members who are often in a state of shock, will find themselves going through the motions of arranging a traditional funeral, not realising that they have many choices available to them other than the religious type of funeral that we all know so well.

Over recent years the team at Bennett’s, your local funeral director in Essex, have seen a shift in what grieving families wish for, when organising a funeral for a friend or family member. Increasingly families have asked for a more tailored service with a less religious feel and to celebrate the life lost, rather than focusing on the sorrow. Acting upon the need for more alternative funeral styles Bennett’s have expanded on the choice of funerals they can now offer to the families they care for.

Non-Religious Funeral Services

A non religious service or humanist funeral, can also be called a celebration of life service or memorial ceremony and if one does not profess a specific religious belief then this type of funeral maybe appropriate for the deceased and their loved ones.

A non religious funeral will often:

  • Focus affectionately on the person who has died
  • Allow friends and family to share memories and take part in the service – perhaps tell a funny story or read a poem
  • Show warmth and sincerity in providing a service their loved one would have wanted
  • Be more appropriate for those who have not lived according to a religion or accepted religious views on life and death
  • Contain upbeat or classical music, something perhaps that the deceased enjoyed listening to, rather than hymns or other religious songs
  • Encourage those attending to express their grief – its ok to laugh as well as cry

The common theme in all non-religious funerals is the celebration of life. A non-religious funeral need not conform to any of the established traditions but may borrow from them to achieve the same goals, namely, to honour the deceased and begin the healing process.

Its also important to remember that since funerals themselves have no legal status, humanist funerals or non religious funerals – like all others – can be held in a variety of places, although in practice most are held in crematoria, cemeteries or woodland burial sites.
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Woodland funerals and green woodland burials in Essex

Woodland burials and woodland funerals are also a relatively new idea, woodland burial grounds are situated in natural settings offering beautiful, tranquil resting places. The planting of a natural memorial at a woodland burial sites, such as a tree and the placing of a simple wooden or bronze plaque instead of a traditional headstone, represents a natural burial and return to nature. Focusing on preserving the natural beauty of the environment, woodland burials grounds encourage native wildlife and flowers. 

Woodland or green funerals as they can also be known are flexible in as much as they can be held in conjunction with either a religious or non religious service. At our woodland burial sites, situated in Essex, we also offer complete woodland funeral services and memorial services, working alongside our bereaved Essex families to organise personalised and unique green woodland funerals.

Alternative woodland funerals at Green Acres in Essex

A very peaceful place to be. Green Acres Woodland Burials is set in 52 acres of beautiful mixed woodland close to Epping Forest, the stunning facilities of this natural burial site where alternative funerals are held by Bennetts funeral directors Epping, help to make this one of the most idyllic places for unique woodland funerals to be held in and around Essex.

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Green Funerals and Woodland Burial services can also be performed at Herongate Wood, a 25 acre green burial site specialising in Woodland Funerals at Herongate, just outside Brentwood, Essex.
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Military Veterans Funeral Services In partnership with Veterans Bereavement Support

At Bennett’s we are proud to partner with Veterans Bereavement Support. Veterans Bereavement Support believe that every man and woman who has served in the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy should receive the dignified funeral they deserve, that respects their own individual service to our Country over the years. Many veterans have indicated their wishes when writing their Wills, whilst others do not realise that they can have a military ceremonial aspect for their final journey.
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Our Funeral Directors & Undertakers are able to work directly with the family as well as the Veteran Bereavement Support service, providing all aspects of a ceremonial funeral. This comes at no extra cost to the family, they receive a dignified and coordinated service, utilising our years of experience of working with the regimental organisations and associations.