What we do
In this world everyone is different and unique.
No one person is exactly the same as the next so no funeral should be the same.
Your first decision is whether their wish was burial or cremation.
Burial or cremation is a very personal choice. Even though you may want one choice and your partner wants the other, you can still be together in years to come.
Some people choose to have a service in a Church then have the cremation afterwards or before. Others wish to have a service just at the crematorium chapel. A service at the crematorium can be 20 minutes to an hour. When choosing your final resting place, you may want to be scattered into the wind, at a favourite place or in the garden of rest.
Burials have been taking place for hundreds of years and are a very traditional way of having a funeral. In this area some churchyards are closed due to having run out of space. We have 2 cemeteries in Bridgwater, Bristol Road Cemetery and Quantock Road Cemetery.
Then you would need to think about the sort of funeral they want from where you want the service, to music, hymns, tributes or poems and anything else you could think of that would mean something to them and you.
A religious service in a Church with burial or cremation after, with hymns, Organ music or CD music.
Everyone has different beliefs, whether you believe in a higher God or not, you can have a service to reflect that and these are called a civil service (a service where you can have as much religion or no region but just the lord’s prayer if that’s all you wanted. Most people who aren’t religious understand that “Aunt Flo” might be and just want a little bit in there) or a humanist (this is a completely non-religious service. You can’t mention any God in any way but there is a moment of silence for private prayer). Also the venue you are looking at having the service in doesn’t have to be a Church or a Crematorium. We have in the past used back gardens and even public house grounds.
Sometimes people just want a simple service at the Crematorium or a Graveside service with only a few words said or just music played.
Green or woodland funerals
Not everyone wants to be in a Cemetery, so this is an area of green land where your loved one can
be buried. There are no headstones or markings, just natural land.
Some people want to do as much for their loved one as they can. We are here to help and guide you
with this in any aspect you wish to do yourself, for example; families may wish to make the coffin
themselves, other families wish to do everything and just want us to do the practical side of caring
for their loved one and we are here to help and support you in this.
Please remember this is just a guide to help you. You may want to use one of these and then
personalise it to what you want.
Even though you have decided the path you wish to take for the funeral, you can then add little
touches to make the funeral more personal, from
• The coffin you choose
• The music you play, pre-recorded or live
• The flowers you choose
• Orders of service
• Visual tributes
• Refreshments after the service
• The transport you wish to travel in
• Announcements in any paper or social media
• Congregation colour/ dress code
• Private chapel of rest
• Taking names at a service
• Public address
• Outside catering for your home or venue e.g. village hall
• Ashes into glass or memorial jewellery