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Funeral Guide

Where to begin when organising a loved one’s funeral

Losing a loved one is a deeply emotional experience, and having to arrange a funeral, at what is already a very difficult time, is something no one wants to do. However, navigating through this essential process is a reality many of us may eventually have to face. 

During this time, you may find yourself overwhelmed with an array of decisions to make. From choosing between burial and cremation to selecting the right words to honour your loved one. In this blog, we aim to provide a structured guide to help you navigate the daunting process of organising a funeral and ensure that you can honour your loved one’s life in a way that feels right.

Understanding the options available

When planning a funeral, there are several options for the types of services and providers you can choose from. Understanding what choices are available to you can help you better align your preferences and budgets to create a ceremony to celebrate your loved ones life.

Types Of funeral services

The type of service you choose can reflect the personality and wishes of the deceased as well as the needs of the family. Here are some common types of services: 

Traditional Burials

A traditional burial typically involves a viewing or visitation, a formal funeral service, and a graveside ceremony. Sometimes people may also choose to add additional sentimental items within the coffin itself, to add a further personal touch to the proceedings. 


Cremations offer an alternative to traditional burials, and can be less expensive overall. This service can be planned to fit in with a number of different beliefs, or used in a funeral where there are no religious aspects to consider. 

Eco Burials 

For those interested in environmental sustainability, green burials are made to minimise environmental impact by using non-toxic and biodegradable materials. Eco-friendly coffins, including options made from natural or biodegradable materials, are an excellent way to ensure that the negative impact of the funeral is reduced. Many people who choose an eco-friendly funeral opt to not have a traditional headstone or favour a more subtle option like planting a tree on the burial site. 

Non-Religious Burials

Non-Religious (or humanist) burials are designed to celebrate the life of those who did not live religious lives. These funerals often focus mainly on honouring the life of the person who has passed away being led by a celebrant rather than a religious official. 

Choosing the right funeral provider 

Selecting the right funeral director is a crucial element to guide you through this process of organising a loved one’s funeral. Here are some of our top recommendations for your search:

Research options

Start by gathering recommendations from friends, family, or healthcare providers. Online reviews and websites can also provide insight into the services and reputation of local funeral homes.

Find a personal connection

Once finding a funeral provider that resonates with your needs, consider the level of comfort and communication you feel with them. 

At T.Allen, we’re wholly committed to supporting grieving families and friends through this difficult time. If you are searching for a funeral provider to help make this time a little less hard, please do not hesitate to get in touch

Planning the funeral service 

Arranging the funeral service itself involves careful planning and consideration to ensure that the service honours the life of the deceased while also accommodating the wishes of the family. Here are some key aspects to consider when planning the funeral service:

Personalising the service

Personalising the service can make the occasion more meaningful and reflective of the unique life of the deceased. Here are some ways we have seen services include a personal touch:

Incorporating personal items

Displaying personal items such as photographs, awards, or personal artefacts can create a more intimate and reflective atmosphere. These items can tell a story and spark conversations about the life being honoured.

Selecting meaningful music and readings

Choosing music, readings, or poems that were significant to the deceased or that convey the emotions and messages you wish to express, can deeply enhance the emotional resonance of the service.

Get in touch – T. Allen funeral services 

Looking for a little further support during this difficult time of planning your loved ones funeral, our friendly team are always on hand on our 24 hour telephone service. Do not hesitate to contact us – no matter the query, we are here to support you through this sensitive time.