Think about individual contributions such as an address from a member of your family which could be in the form of a religious reading, a poem or perhaps a favourite story.
This can be discussed when making the funeral arrangements.
Encouraging mourners to take an active part in the ceremony is another way of personalising. Ask them to bring a token, a flower, note or card and lay it on the coffin or in the run up to the ceremony think of music special to their loved one that can be played during the service.
A Eulogy is a speech or piece of writing that praises someone highly and is delivered during the funeral.
Writing and giving a eulogy is a way of saying farewell to someone who has died that, in a sense, brings the person to life in the minds of the audience. Your minister is best placed to offer you advice, but generally people include information about family, early childhood, qualifications and work life, interests, activities and club membership and finally special stories.
Obituaries are usually published in local or national newspapers and this is something we can help you with. It is a way of informing many people about the death of your loved one and can include the date, time and location of the funeral. It is also a good way to announce the charity chosen by the family to enable people to make donations, especially if an online donation site has been set up. Should you wish to arrange the obituary yourself with the newspaper office you will need to take a typed or written notice and a copy of the death certificate with you together with a photograph. Alternatively, we will organise the obituary for you.
We serve Kempston and the surrounding areas. If you need any advice then please do get in touch and we we will be happy to help you.
We realise at this difficult time and with the restrictions in place that you are probably unable to have the type of funeral service you had hoped for and you may therefore feel the process is incomplete.
Rest assured we are here for you in the weeks and months to come should you need any further assistance or advice. Please pick up the phone and we’ll be here to take your call, 7 days a week.
You may need advice about organising a memorial service to celebrate the life of your loved one, or you may wish to make arrangements for the interment of ashes.
Our services do not end with the funeral service.
Further to the government announcement on the 23rd March please find below the current guidelines regarding the funeral industry.
All funeral services must respect the current government requests for social distancing and the protection of high-risk groups.
Where possible, all funerals will be arranged over the phone or via other electronic means. If they are arranged in person, social distancing must be respected.
Chapel of Rest visits - these can go ahead at specific pre-arranged times and will be limited to people who live in the same household. At risk groups are strongly urged not to visit.
Funeral Service - the number of people attending the service will be limited in line with government advice on social distancing. The situation regarding specific locations is constantly under review and we will advise families on the current recommendations. During any service all social distancing guidelines must be respected.
Limousines - these can no longer be offered as a form of transport.
Charitable donations - all collections will be dealt with online.
We are working to stay on top of all of the current government advice to protect our staff and your families. We understand that at this already very difficult time certain guidelines will cause even more distress for which we are very sorry but they are totally out of our control. We are here for you to talk things through so please don’t hesitate to call, we are committed to help you through this very difficult time. We continue to offer our Bereavement Listening Service over the phone so please contact us if you are interested.