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A Church of England funeral offers scope for personalisation, with a service that can be tailored to reflecting on and celebrating the life of your loved one. Readings and hymns with personal significance can be chosen, and you might wish to make plans with the vicar before the day of the event. Alternatively, Far & Beyond can play the role of liaison, with our funeral directors discussing your needs with the vicar.
Church of England services can involve burial or cremation, as well as ecologically friendly options such as a woodland burial. Personalised decorations can be chosen.
A Catholic mass (requiem or service) is held for your loved one. This involves the priest performing specific rites for your loved one’s soul, although many other parts of the service are similar to a standard Catholic mass. Please note that on certain days of religious significance, a funeral mass is not permitted to take place.
A Catholic funeral concludes with a cremation or burial ceremony depending on your loved one’s wishes, which takes place after mass has been said.
All Islamic funerals share a foundation based on sharia law. This involves bathing and shrouding your loved one before burial, and concludes with a prayer session. Under Islam, cremation is not permitted, and burials must take place as quickly as possible after death.
There are many different branches of Islam represented in the UK today, each with its own specific funeral rituals. Please speak to our funeral directors about your faith-based needs to ensure that your Islamic funeral will be carried out correctly.
Hindu traditions call for cremation of your loved one, after a 24-hour vigil period. Traditions include the adornment of your loved one with necklaces and garlands of flowers, as well as the singing of hymns and the saying of prayers.