Type of Funeral

Helping you choose the style of
funeral you want

The first choices to be made are the type of committal - burial or cremation - and the style of funeral ceremony - religious, civil or humanist. Once we know the type of funeral you need, we can guide you through the choice of location and who could lead the ceremony. The other important choices to consider are the finer details of the ceremony, the funeral cortege and the style of the coffin. If the committal will be by cremation, you may also wish to consider a casket or scatter tube for the ashes.

Floral tributes can range from simple but effective sprays through to a very personal display of love for the deceased. We can suggest a range of possibilities to meet your needs and budget, incorporating favourite flowers and colours. It may be the wishes of the deceased that friends and family do not bring flowers, but make a donation to their preferred charity. We can help you organise the collection of donations.

A lasting memorial to the deceased can range from a gravestone at a cemetery to a small commemorative plaque. It is worth taking time to consider how best to honour your loved one, you do not have to rush in to this before the funeral.

Your Funeral Director will help you understand more about these choices, to help you make the right decision for you. If you want to read more on these choices, please use the links on the left column of this page.


Burial or Cremation

Cremation services are varied and can be carried out normally at a place of the families choice.

We cover many crematoria areas including:-

  • North Tyneside
  • Newcastle
  • Northumberland
  • Gateshead
  • Durham

The majority of cemeteries in North Tyneside/Newcastle are managed and maintained by the county council and are non-denominational, which means most types of funeral service or ceremony can be conducted there.

At consecrated churchyards, the interment will be conducted by the local clergyman or woman, usually preceded by a service in the church. Many churchyards have been closed for burials - we will let you know if your preferred choice is available.

This a simple and natural burial in a biodegradable coffin (cardboard, bamboo, seagrass, willow or sustainable wood). A native tree or shrub could (depending on the burial ground's policy) be planted on, or close to, the grave instead of a large stone memorial. It is increasingly becoming the environmentally friendly choice - returning to nature in a way that will not harm the environment, but will actually preserve the landscape and enhance opportunities for wildlife.

The Bockenfield Woodland Burial Ground is a beautiful and natural area set aside at Bockenfield Wood near the Village of Felton in rural Northumberland .  Trees are planted around the glades where the burials take place (but not on the graves), creating a natural setting for a dignified and very personal funeral service.

Funeral Ceremony

You can choose which faith leader you wish to conduct the ceremony or ask us for appropriate suggestions.

Most local ministers are familiar with issues of time and the practicalities of the funeral, but we will guide them as well as you about these matters.

Religious services can be conducted at the chosen place of worship, followed by a short committal ceremony at the crematorium or graveside; or you may wish to hold the full ceremony at the graveside or crematorium.

If you are having hymns or religious readings, we will make sure you are happy with the actual text that will be spoken, as there may be different translations/versions, and the tunes to which the hymns will be sung. Many ministers will agree to incorporate a personal element into a funeral, such as recorded music or a non-religious reading. A period of silence as well as formal prayers may also be appropriate.


Civil Funeral Celebrants conduct non-religious ceremonies which focus on celebrating the life of the deceased, although they can include some religious practice, e.g. a hymn and/or prayer.

This type of ceremony reflects a rapidly increasing number of people who wish to have a beautiful, unique and dignified funeral but do not support a wholly religious or wholly non-religious ceremony.

The ceremony will be personalised to you and your family's needs and can include Poetry, Special Music, Hymns, Prayers, Personalised Eulogy, The Lighting of Candles, Placing of Flowers, other speakers and readings.

The Celebrant can design and conduct the whole Ceremony, but warmly encourages others to take part if they so wish. Civil funeral celebrants belong to the Institute of Civil Funerals, we have arranged funerals with most of the local celebrants and can help you choose the right one for you.


The British Humanist Association offers completely secular ceremonies conducted by their humanist officiants.

A Humanist ceremony is increasingly common, and is one with no religious content at all. It can be more appropriate for those who neither lived according to religious principles, nor accepted religious views of life or death.

A Humanist Funeral or memorial ceremony recognises no ‘after-life’, but instead uniquely and affectionately celebrates the life of the person who has died. Proper tribute is paid to them, to the life they lived, the connections they made and have left behind, and as with “traditional” funerals, friends, relatives and acquaintances can express their feelings and share their memories.

Get in touch

We serve families throughout the North East of England, please contact us to discuss how we may be of assistance.

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