Types of Attended Funeral Services We Offer
All types of attended funeral services share the same purpose, which is honouring the deceased and providing a space for loved ones to grieve and find closure.
At Kenna and Turner, we are here to support and help those in their hardest moments, and we are able to provide a service that respects the wishes of your loved one, reflecting the beliefs and values of the deceased.
Traditional Religious Funerals
These funeral services are held in a place of worship or our funeral home and often include religious connotations.
Attended funeral examples include Christian funerals involving a church service, Jewish funerals with prayers, Islamic Janazah prayers, Hindu attended funeral ceremonies, and Buddhist services.
Our Military funerals are dignified services, reserved for members of the British Armed Forces, veterans, and high-ranking officials.
These attended funeral ceremonies are steeped in tradition and are a mark of respect for the deceased’s service to their country. A military funeral often includes distinctive military honours, which are special tributes provided by the armed forces.
The presence of a flag-draped coffin symbolises the gratitude and respect for the service member’s dedication and sacrifice.
At Kenna & Turner, we offer unique and memorable motorcycle-attended funeral services for those who have lost a loved one with a passion for motorcycles and the open road.
Our funeral director collaborates closely with the bereaved to ensure that the arrangements are fitting and executed seamlessly. Whether one prefers a burial or cremation ceremony, our motorcycle funeral services aim to create a special and meaningful occasion for all involved.
Green and Eco-Friendly Funerals
Our green funerals present a gentle and compassionate approach to saying goodbye, deeply respecting both the departed and the environment. Central to this practice is the decision to avoid embalming, a process often involving harsh chemicals. By choosing not to embalm, families ensure that their loved ones return to the earth in the most natural and gentle way, minimising the impact on the delicate balance of the natural burial grounds.
The ethos of green funerals extends to the choice between cremation and burial, with burial being the more eco-conscious option. The coffins used in these burials are crafted from sustainable, earth-friendly materials, symbolising a return to nature.
In place of traditional stone headstones, families often opt for living memorials such as trees or flowers. These living tributes create a lasting, living memory, offering a comforting and nurturing way to honour and remember the departed.
Cremation with Memorial Service
With this type of attended funeral, after cremation, a memorial service may be held without the body present. The ashes may be kept, scattered, or buried.
Direct Cremation (Unattended Funerals)
A direct cremation is an unattended service. This is when the deceased is buried or cremated shortly after death, without a formal funeral service.
Direct cremation, also known as an unattended funeral, is a choice made for various reasons, often reflecting the wishes of the deceased or the preferences of their loved ones.
Before the funeral, there may be a wake or viewing. This type of service is typically reserved for family and friends, as they gather to pay their respects to the deceased. With this type of attended service, the body of the loved one may present in an open casket.
A Celebration of Life Service
Instead of a traditional funeral, some prefer a more upbeat and personalised celebration of the deceased’s life, focusing on their achievements, hobbies, and what they loved in life.
A celebration of life service is a heartfelt and uplifting way to honour the memory of a loved one. Rather than following the tone of traditional funerals, this approach focuses on joyfully commemorating the unique life and spirit of your loved one.
A Celebration of Life service is a deeply personal and meaningful event. It is an opportunity to gather together and share fond memories, laughter, and stories, all of which reflect the individuality and essence of the person who has passed away. This type of service is about cherishing the legacy of a life well-lived.
A Non-religious Funeral Service
For those who prefer a secular approach, these funerals focus on celebrating the life of the deceased without religious connotations.