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Choosing Burial or Cremation

The first choice people usually make is about the type of funeral service that will take place, and whether there will be a burial or a cremation. The decision may be influenced by many factors, such as family tradition, religion or the wishes of the person who has died. Whatever option you choose, we are able to make all the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

Some things to consider about a Cremation :

  1. Cremation is usually less expensive than burial, especially if the purchase of a new grave plot is taken into account.

  2. The funeral service can take place in church or other place of worship, followed by a short committal service at the crematorium. Alternatively, the entire funeral service can be held at the crematorium chapel.

  3. For all services taking place at the crematorium, there is a strict time constraint, and funeral and committal services may be scheduled close together throughout the day. The length of service available at the the crematorium is usually 20 - 30 minutes.

  4. Cremation is not a method of final disposal, but merely a means of preparing the remains for various types of memorialization. The family will need to decide their preferred option for the final resting place of the cremated remains.

Click here for more information about The Cremation Process , and for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Cremation .

Some things to consider about a Burial :

  1. If you own or have reserved a grave space in a cemetery or churchyard, we can arrange for this to be re-opened, and the headstone removed and a new inscription added. Burial in an existing grave can be a very economical option.

  2. Purchase of a new grave space can be a very expensive undertaking, and there may be certain restrictions in certain areas, especially when burial space is limited. We can advise you on the various options that are available in numerous cemeteries.

  3. It may be possible to purchase additional neighbouring grave spaces, should you wish to provide burial space for other family members in the future.