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Unit 3 – Funeral Etiquette Part 2

At the end of the service, the coffin will be taken out of church, and placed on to the hearse to travel to the cemetery if a burial is taking place, or for cremation, the committal will take place followed by the coffin being left at the crematorium for cremation.

If a burial is taking place at the cemetery, the Funeral Director will lead the way to the grave (also known as lair in Scotland), and mourners will be asked to follow behind the coffin.

Mourners may gather around the grave, whilst the committal takes place, and are normally  invited to scatter earth/holy water into the grave. Some people also choose to bring single stemmed flowers for the same purpose.

What usually happens after the funeral?

In many cases family and friends will get together for light refreshments. This may be at home or in a private room in a hotel or pub. In some areas the funeral director will have rooms which can be used.

What facilities are at the crematorium or church?

At the crematorium there are waiting rooms and toilets. Most churches do not have a toilet unless the church hall is open.

Do I need to be invited to a funeral or can anyone go?

A funeral service is open to anyone who knew the deceased or knows the family, unless the family ask that it is a private ceremony. The funeral is an opportunity for family, friends and others to say goodbye to the person who has died.

Funeral Directors and their staff have to be aware of the range of funeral rites  to respect the various denominations and religious belief of people in order to arrange and conduct a funeral in the UK , and of course, where appropriate, for arranging for the repatriation of the deceased.

The information we have provided in this training aims to give you an insight and awareness into what is a very complex profession.

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