There may be specific instructions as to what kind of funeral the deceased wanted. This might be included with the will or may have been communicated to close relative or friend. The ultimate decision for what kind of funeral, and where it takes place, is with the next of kin or the executor.
Many funerals in England have a Christian orientation unless the organizers specify otherwise. This means that cemetery and crematorium chapels tend to have services books with prayers and gyms approved by major Christian denominations. Although this does not mean that all Christian faiths use them.
If the deceased was a non believer, they might choose to have a Humanist funeral. The aim of this type of service is to celebrate the deceased’s life as opposed to committing their soul to the hereafter. A trained officiant from the British Humanist Association can be engaged to conduct the ceremony similar to how a religious ceremony would employ the services of a clergyman.
Chapels at the cemetery and crematorium are multi-purpose and cater for all kinds of funeral – not only those of the mainstream religions. You can also hold the ceremony elsewhere, perhaps at home or the graveside for instance.
It is important that you communicate your wishes as early as possible so we can arrange the right facilities for you and the funeral party.
Who’s in charge when I die
Your next of kin and your executor(s) are in charge when you die. If you have no will or no close relatives there can sometimes be complications.
Should I make a will
By making a Will you will ensure that your assets, no matter how small, are distributed in line with your wishes.
Making a Will
A will sets out how your estate (your assets) should be distributed, and names an executor(s) to take care of this task. A will is only valid if your signature has been witnessed by 2 adults who are not beneficiaries of the will in anyway.