Alternative funerals

Free advice from our funeral specialists

Losing someone is never easy, but there are a number of alternative funeral ideas which will help you give your loved one a fitting farewell, and may bring you comfort during such a difficult time.
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Alternative funeral choices and ideas

When it comes to alternative funeral arrangements, the little details matter to us just as much as they matter to you. Funerals are very personal events and we understand that each service is as unique as the individual themselves. We are here to support you during this time and can arrange an alternative funeral service that reflects the life of your loved one and their final wishes.

If you don’t think a traditional funeral service would be fitting, there are a number of alternative funeral ideas from which you can choose. With an alternative funeral service, every detail of the funeral may be personalised to truly reflect your loved one.

Whether you wish to arrange a bright and colourful funeral or would simply like to make your loved one’s final journey memorable with an alternative funeral transport, our Funeral Directors will ensure your unique arrangements are met for a special commemoration.

Guides to arranging an alternative funeral service

Making alternative funeral arrangements can be daunting, especially if you’re only just beginning to look into the idea. Learn more about alternative funerals and how you can arrange a personalised service which mirrors the life of your loved one.


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Over 800 Funeral Directors across the UK

We are honoured to serve over 800 local communities across the UK; our Funeral Directors are here to advise and support you, wherever you are and whenever you need us.

Our rich and lengthy heritage ensures we can deliver our funeral services with local knowledge and unparalleled expertise. You may wish to discuss your requirements face-to-face at our premises or your own home, the choice is completely up to you.


We’ll help you to arrange the right high quality funeral

We’ll arrange a funeral that’s unique to your loved one and support you through one of the most difficult times of your life


The day of the funeral

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Choosing a type of funeral

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Our funeral services

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Planning a funeral

Planning a funeral

This section will guide you through planning a fitting funeral service for a loved one…

What type of services

We offer two funeral choices, allowing you to arrange a funeral which is suited to you, the wishes of your loved one and your budget. If you would like to arrange an entirely personal and bespoke commemoration, our Full Service Funeral will help celebrate your loved one’s life story. Alternatively, if you are able to be a little more flexible on certain aspects of the funeral, our Simple Funeral includes all of the essentials at a lower cost.

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Our Full Service Funeral allows you to create an entirely personal and bespoke commemoration, reflecting the individual life of your loved one.

Showcase 2

Our Simple Funeral offers a complete funeral at a lower cost, without compromising on the quality of the service that is delivered.

How long does it take to arrange a funeral? 

A funeral is typically held around one or two weeks after the death. However, the length of time taken to arrange a funeral may depend on a number of factors, including funeral director and crematoria availability, religious beliefs, family circumstances and even the type of funeral you decide to organise. Let your funeral director know if you need to arrange funeral quickly or within a set time period.

The process of arranging a funeral may take longer if you need to repatriate your loved one to or from another country. Our funeral directors can help to guide you through the process of repatriation.

Make the funeral arrangements and plan a fitting service

A funeral is a personal event and people often have different requirements. There are a number of details that you will need to take care of, from arranging funeral transport, to choosing songs to be played during the service.

We will do everything we can to make sure the process of arranging a funeral for your loved one is as straightforward as possible, helping to plan a fitting farewell for the person who has passed away.

Consider funeral costs when arranging a funeral

The cost of a funeral will depend on the funeral arrangements you choose to make. Funeral costs are typically made up of funeral director fees, third party costs, and optional costs.

Third-party costs are additional charges which we will manage on your behalf. These payments can vary depending on where you live and whether you choose to arrange a cremation or burial service for your loved one. Optional costs cover special requests, such as memorials and floral tributes.

Funeral costs

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9. Discover what happens on the day

Once you’ve made all of the funeral arrangements, it’s important to understand what happens on the day of the funeral. If you’re unsure of what to expect, our funeral arrangers will explain everything you need to know.

We will guide you through each step, attending to your every need before, during, and after the service takes place.

Learn more about the funeral procession, funeral service, committal service, and the wake.

Alternative hearses

Talk to an expert funeral specialist today for free advice.

No jargon, no pressure and a sympathetic ear from our funeral specialists when you need it most.
call us on 0800 861 1891  or request a call back.

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