We have provided 4 example customised scenarios for you to get an idea of how flexible a funeral can be.
Scenario example - A
Cremation with a memorial service (takes place after the cremation, the casket is not present.)
This involves an unattended cremation then the family chooses a date that suits everyone in the family to allow for travel etc, then the service can be held in the Crematorium chapel or church they can choose service sheets, flowers, AV tributes, Web streaming, and a memorial book, the service can be led by a celebrant or a minister with either live music or pre recorded songs.
Followed by a cuppa tea and refreshments. The ashes can be present, a nice photo on an easel and a candle surrounded by flowers or some personal items of the loved one. All this can be arranged by Simplicity Christchurch.
Scenario example - B
Dual service at external venue followed by attended Burial
The venue was important to the family, a service was held in the church after a rosary service the night prior, the casket was at their family home for a few days prior to the service, they chose a Whitmore raised lid casket.
The service was led by the local priest, the hymns were led by the local organist they had service sheets, an AV tribute and had a break before the burial to have a ‘cuppa tea’ prior to the cortege to the cemetery, the names of those attending were captured in the memorial book.
Scenario example - C
Dual service - Church followed by cremation, committal at Crematorium Chapel.
Again the venue was important to the family, a service was held in the church after a rosary service in the Church, the night prior.
They chose a Avalon raised lid casket. The service was led by the local priest, the hymns were led by the local organist. Service sheets were provided.
They had a break before the attended committal service at the crematorium, to have a ‘cuppa tea’ prior to departing to meet at the crematorium for the committal, the hearse left privately while the congregation placed petals on the casket before departing. The names of those attending were captured in the memorial book.
Scenario example - D
Graveside service at cemetery.
The family wanted to stick with the wishes of their loved one to keep things simple. They had a simple service held at the cemetery, there was seating for the elderly and a sound system to enhance the speaker and play some favourite music.
They chose an Eco Pine casket, the service was led by a celebrant, the music was pre recorded music chosen by the family. They had service sheets with a favourite reading, the congregation placed petals in the grave after the casket was lowered pall bearers, they joined together for refreshments back at the family home.
At Simplicity Funerals we believe all funerals should reflect the wishes of the family and/or the deceased no matter what the financial circumstances may be. All families are treated with the same dignity and respect no matter their culture, lifestyle, financial situation, race or religion.