There is usually some time between making the initial funeral arrangements with your funeral director, and the time of the actual funeral service. You will likely meet with, or at least speak to, your funeral director more than once.
The first meeting is to get the funeral arrangements started - not all decisions need to be made in this meeting.
You should allow enough time for out-of-town guests to travel to attend the service. If the death has been referred to the Coroner, it may be necessary to factor in their requirements before a funeral can take place. Guardian Funerals will liaise with the Coroner and keep you informed of the expected timeline.
Almost anywhere. The most common sites for holding a funeral service are traditionally at a church or our beautiful chapel. Another option is to hold the entire ceremony as a graveside service. A funeral service can be held at a family residence, or it might be possible to arrange for it at a favourite place. Tell your funeral director about your thoughts and they'll be able to help you arrange something truly special. You can draw inspiration for your own arrangements from Book of Ideas, which contains stories shared by our funeral directors of how families have honoured their loved ones.
Taking one last time to see your loved one before their funeral to reflect and spend a private moment with them can be very helpful to your grieving process.
Choosing whether to have a viewing is a personal choice, but it can be a special time together.
We have shared a slightly different approach to putting together a eulogy, to help get your inspiration flowing if you will be writing a eulogy.
There is no wrong or right way when it comes to eulogies, they should come from the heart.