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Arranging a Funeral - Burial or Cremation?

What happens at a burial?

If you wish to use a new grave in a Cemetery or Churchyard, we can advise you of the options available. Within the Telford area, many Churchyards are now closed for new interments, but there are a number of Telford & Wrekin and Parish Council - run Cemeteries available.  For a burial in an existing grave in a public cemetery, the Deeds of the grave may be required. There will be no Deed if the grave is in a Churchyard.

Usually there will be a funeral service in a church/chapel or at the graveside. Again, we can advise you about the Churches or service venues that are located near to you. 

The interment can be a very emotional experience and you may wish this part to be for close family only or you may welcome the support from friends.

During the brief words of committal, the coffin is gently lowered into the grave - your Funeral Director may scatter a little earth or petals. You may also wish to scatter a little earth on the coffin yourself or to place a flower in the grave. The floral tributes will be displayed nearby for everyone to see and then placed onto the grave once it has been re-filled.

We will arrange for a temporary marker to be placed on the grave whilst the necessary time elapses before a permanent memorial can be erected.

What happens at a cremation?

The funeral may begin with a religious ceremony in a church or perhaps a non-religious ceremony at another location away from the Crematorium. Alternatively, the whole ceremony may be in the Crematorium chapel. Three Crematoriums primarily serve the area of Telford: Telford Crematorium, Emstrey Crematroium, Shrewsbury and Bushbury Crematorium, Wolverhampton. Service lengths vary, but usually a twenty to thirty minute service is the maximum available (forty minutes at Telford Crematorium), although an additional time can be booked at an extra cost.

At the Crematorium, the family often follow behind the coffin as it is taken into the chapel. Some people, however, choose to go in ahead to settle themselves first. During the words of committal the coffin will be hidden from sight by a curtain, although, if you prefer, the coffin can remain on view in the Chapel until you have left. All cremations are carried out individually to a strict Code of Practice. Following a cremation, there are various options available to you.

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