Allan Drew Funerals have put together an extensive range of information that will help answer some of your questions.
In this section you will find information on all about the funeral service.
You should allow enough time for out-of-town guests to travel to attend the service.
If the death has been referred to the Coroner, it may be necessary to factor in their requirements before a funeral can take place. Allan Drew Funerals will liaise with the Coroner and keep you informed.
Almost anywhere. The most common sites for holding funerals are at a church or our beautiful chapel. Another option is to hold the entire ceremony as a graveside service.
A funeral service can even be held at a family residence.
Yes. Allan Drew Funerals encourages families to participate in a funeral service.
You can form a guard of honour or deliver a eulogy. You can decorate the coffin or you can release doves or butterflies at the end of the service. Participating in a funeral allows you to express your feelings more meaningfully.
The death of a family member can be a very confusing and bewildering experience for children.
Attendance at a funeral may be helpful for a child to realise the finality of death, and also allows the child to share in the emotional experience with the family. However, you should not insist that they attend.
Let the children express sorrow in their own way and do not force ideas on them, such as grieving or funeral attendance. Talk with younger children. If they want to attend the funeral, prepare them for the experience and answer any questions they may have.
We’ve found that children want to be involved - not left out. Being part of the gathering means they are surrounded by the care and support of family members.
This is entirely up to you. Even if the family doesn’t request flowers some people will still feel more comfortable sending them.
As a helpful guide, the following may be of assistance in preparing a eulogy: