Organise a funeral or memorial service

There are several things you need to consider when organising a funeral or memorial service.

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After someone has died you will need to decide whether to hold a burial, cremation or memorial service:

  • At a funeral, a service is held before the body is buried or cremated.
  • A memorial service is held when the body of the loved one is not present.
  • A graveside service is like a funeral but takes place at the gravesite.

Regardless of the type of service, you will need to choose a location such as a funeral home, church or synagogue.

A funeral director is not compulsory but recommended to help guide you through this process.

Page reviewed 10 May 2020