ARRANGING A FUNERAL
RELIGIOUS OR NON RELIGIOUS
At Deighan’s, we understand that religious beliefs are important. That’s why we strive to ensure that our religious services are sensitive and respectful.
Please speak to our funeral directors to discuss the requirements of your particular faith.
Church of England funerals
A Church of England funeral offers scope for personalisation, with a service that can be tailored to reflecting on and celebrating the life of your loved one. Readings and hymns with personal significance can be chosen, and you might wish to make plans with the vicar before the day of the event. Alternatively, Deighan’s can play the role of liaison, with our funeral directors discussing your needs with the vicar.
Church of England services can involve burial or cremation, as well as ecologically friendly options such as a woodland burial. Personalised decorations can be chosen.
A Catholic mass (requiem or service) is held for your loved one. This involves the priest performing specific rites for your loved one’s soul, although many other parts of the service are similar to a standard Catholic mass. Please note that on certain days of religious significance, a funeral mass is not permitted to take place.
A Catholic funeral concludes with a cremation or burial ceremony depending on your loved one’s wishes, which takes place after mass has been said.
All Islamic funerals share a foundation based on sharia law. This involves bathing and shrouding your loved one before burial, and concludes with a prayer session. Under Islam, cremation is not permitted, and burials must take place as quickly as possible after death.
There are many different branches of Islam represented in the UK today, each with its own specific funeral rituals. Please speak to our funeral directors about your faith-based needs to ensure that your Islamic funeral will be carried out correctly.
Hindu traditions call for cremation of your loved one, after a 24-hour vigil period. Traditions include the adornment of your loved one with necklaces and garlands of flowers, as well as the singing of hymns and the saying of prayers.
At Deighan’s, we will provide funerals for all faiths. Please contact us to discuss your needs, and we will ensure that the funeral is performed with due cultural sensitivity.
A growing number of people are deciding that a non-religious end-of-life ceremony is most suitable for them and their beliefs.
This may be because your loved one was non-religious, the family has a variety of religious views, none of which predominate, or it is just felt that a more flexible, customised end-of-life ceremony is going to be most appropriate.
If you opt for a non-religious ceremony, you do not necessarily have to have someone officiating. Some relatives prefer to conduct their own ceremony, perhaps each saying a few words about their memories of their loved one, performing suitable music or reading poems or text which encapsulate appropriate sentiments for the day.
If you prefer to have someone leading the proceedings, or a more structured ceremony, it’s possible to employ the services of celebrant.
A celebrant can lead your non-religious end-of-life ceremony
A celebrant is an individual who can carry out non-religious funeral ceremonies, which can be tailored to fit individual wishes. Often, a non-religious ceremony centres on a celebration of your loved one’s life, personality and contribution to their community and those around them.
There is room for enormous variation in a non-religious ceremony, which can be designed to fit individual wishes and requests.
A non-religious ceremony can take place at a cemetery, as part of a woodland burial, prior to a cremation, at the scattering or interment of ashes or as part of a memorial event subsequent to the burial or cremation.
At Deighan’s, Ian Davis has officiated many services on behalf of families, if this is something you would like to consider please lets us know.
We are here to help
If your unsure, we’ll be happy to run through the various options. For more information and advice please contact us.