When planning a funeral for a loved one, it's important that you take your time when making any key decisions. Our Funeral Directors in Mid Surrey will help take away the stress of planning a funeral, making sure your loved one's send-off is a personal and unique celebration of their life.
You should think about the type of service you want, whether it’s a burial or cremation, religious or non-religious.
Picking a date and venue for the ceremony that suits those who attend and the type of funeral service you want is important. Your appointed funeral director can help you plan the service.
When choosing a coffin or urn, you should consider what your loved one would have wanted and the type of funeral service as your options may differ depending on whether or not you opt for a burial or cremation.
The order of service will show some of your loved one’s favourite photos, life moments and an itinerary of the service.
Making the day special and personalised to your loved one is a key part of a funeral. Having bespoke flowers and choosing a procession route that passes all your loved one's favourite places.
At Dignity, we offer a complimentary online Funeral Notice as part of our service. Your appointed funeral director will help arrange this for you.
Our price promise ensures that we will provide your chosen funeral for the lowest price in our local community.
If you’re looking for a compassionate funeral director in Mid Surrey, that will provide outstanding funeral care and support at every step, we are here to help.
To find out more about our price promise or if you have any questions about organising a funeral, speak to your local funeral director today.
The first step when planning a funeral is to think about what type of service you would like for your loved one. Funeral planning can be based around family traditions or religious preferences and can include anything that you feel is appropriate. Whether you choose a burial or cremation, we'll be there to help plan the funeral and make all of the arrangements on your behalf.
Speak to your local funeral director today, for more information about the types of funerals available.
A big part of the funeral planning process is to decide where to hold the ceremony. A funeral service can be held in any suitable venue. Common venues to hold a service include:
- Crematorium chapel
- Place of worship
- Private home
- Village hall
If you choose a religious service, the minister or officiant will guide you on what you can and can't do and can even advise you on how to plan a funeral service.
You will then need to choose a date for the funeral service. This can often depend on:
- Funeral director and crematoria availability
- Religious beliefs
- Family circumstances
If you have a date and time in mind, please contact your local Dignity Funeral Director to discuss availability.
Choosing the right coffin for your loved one is among one of the most important things to consider when planning a funeral. If you opt for a burial funeral service, you may be able to place personal items in the coffin or casket, so it's worth keeping this in mind when your Funeral Director is planning the service.
Common items to place inside a coffin include:
For more information about coffins and caskets, speak to your local Dignity Funeral Director in Mid Surrey.
You may like to provide a funeral order of service booklet. These are helpful for mourners and can be sent to people who can’t make the service. An order of service sheet may include:
You can even tailor the order of service in the way you and your family prefer, helping to create a unique commemoration of your loved one's life. You could also place small attendance cards on the seats for mourners to fill in, so you know who was there.
Talk to your local Dignity Funeral Director in Mid Surrey for more information about what to include in an order of service.
Flowers and charitable donations
Many people choose flowers and floral tributes to honour a loved one. You may also want to choose an organisation or charity for people to give a donation to in lieu of flowers.
It is worth remembering that sending flowers can be a healing gesture for people who have lost someone close. Therefore, it might be worth giving people the choice of sending flowers or donating money to a charity, or both.
Another thing to consider is the transport. On the day of the funeral, the hearse will take the coffin to the funeral service. It is usually followed by limousines which carry family and close friends. Choosing chauffeured limousines will mean you don't have to worry about parking, driving and getting to the service on time.
If you wish to make your loved one’s final journey even more personal, choosing a hearse or alternative mode of transport which celebrates their life can be a fitting tribute.
You may also arrange a particular route for the funeral procession to take and may need to decide whether it will begin at the home of the person who has passed away, or a different location.
Your local Dignity Funeral Director will have extensive knowledge of planning routes for funeral processions and will be able to advise on things like school times or bus routes, to ensure that the day runs as smoothly as possible.
Writing and publishing an obituary in a local newspaper will help you celebrate the life of your loved one and share details about the forthcoming funeral. After the funeral, you can also place a 'thank you' message in a newspaper to thank the people who attended and sent donations and flowers.
We offer an online Funeral Notice service, allowing you to share the details of the funeral with friends and family via email, Facebook and Twitter.
You can also talk to your Dignity Funeral Director about organising a wake in Mid Surrey, they'll be able to recommend places to hold the gathering and ideas on how to make it special for all those who attend.