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Attended Funerals

Attended funerals are personal, emotionally significant events that offer an opportunity to honour the deceased, express condolences, and find closure in the company of others who share in the loss.

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What Is an Attended Funeral Service?

An attended funeral is a traditional service where friends, family, and acquaintances gather to pay their respects and commemorate the life of the deceased.

Serving as an important ritual for mourning, our attended funeral services and ceremonies can vary greatly, reflecting the unique life, beliefs, and preferences of the individual.

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.

Military Funerals

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.

Motorcycle Funerals

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.

Wake Services

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.

Planning Your Loved One’s Attended Funeral Service

At Kenna and Turner, we understand that navigating through the loss of a loved one is an exceptionally challenging and emotional journey. Our dedicated and compassionate team is here to offer you personalised support, understanding, and heartfelt guidance every step of the way during this difficult time. Based in Wallasey, we extend our funeral services across the entire Wirral area, ensuring that you have the support you need, right where you need it.

We truly empathise with the emotional challenge that comes with planning the funeral of a cherished loved one. Our commitment is to provide you with the utmost support and guidance, making this difficult journey as effortless and comforting as it can be.

Our guide walks you through the process, including:

Understanding Your Options

We help you explore different types of attended funeral services to ensure that the ceremony reflects the wishes of the deceased person.

Attended Funeral Service Requirements

From selecting the coffin, urn, and hearse to arranging a limousine or other forms of transportation, we will arrange everything you need to ensure that your loved one’s final farewell is a dignified and meaningful tribute.

Personalising the Service

From choosing the music to selecting readings, our funeral arranger ensures the service reflects your loved one’s life.

Handling the Logistics for You

We are here to help with anything you may need at this time. This may mean assisting with venue selection, transportation, and other additional services and arrangements. Our dedicated team also supports you through the necessary paperwork and legal requirements.

Attended Funeral Service Costs

our pricing is transparent and has been carefully designed to suit various financial situations.

We offer a range of packages, each tailored to different needs, from the simplest to the most comprehensive. In every package, we provide a clear breakdown of all costs so you can make informed decisions without any surprises.

We also want to assure you that we offer financing options, such as pre-paid funeral plans, allowing you to pay for the service in a way that’s respectful and manageable for your unique circumstances. Our goal is to make this difficult time as compassionate and accommodating as possible.

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Contact Us for Compassionate Guidance on Attended Funerals

We believe in creating meaningful and memorable attended funeral services that truly reflect the unique life of your loved one. Whether you seek a traditional funeral, a bespoke memorial, or guidance on the many aspects of planning a funeral, our experienced team is committed to honouring your wishes with the utmost respect and sensitivity.

For a thoughtful consultation or to explore more about how we can assist you in personalising a farewell that deeply honours the life of your dear one, please feel free to reach out to us. Your comfort and peace of mind are our top priorities, and we are here to support you with compassion and expertise. Reach out to us today at 0151 638 4444 for a conversation filled with understanding, care, and dedication to celebrating the unique story of your loved one.

Attended Funerals FAQs

Arranging a funeral is a stressful time and when doing it for the first time you will surely have a lot of questons to ask, we’re here to help make this as easy as possible.

What funeral services does your company offer?

We provide comprehensive funeral services, including planning, coordination, and execution of funeral ceremonies. This involves handling logistics, liaising with cemeteries or crematoriums, arranging transportation for the deceased, and coordinating with funeral officiants. We also provide contacts for those looking for support services for families, such as grief counselling and assistance with legal documentation.

Can you assist with choosing a burial plot or cremation services?

Yes, we offer assistance in selecting and purchasing burial plots, as well as arranging cremation services. We work closely with with cemeteries and crematoriums local to the Wirral, enabling us to offer a range of options that suit different preferences and budgets. We also provide guidance on the legal and procedural aspects of both burial and cremation.

Do you offer pre-planned funeral arrangements?

Yes, we provide options for pre-planned funeral arrangements, allowing individuals to plan and pay for their funeral in advance. This service includes selecting the type of service, specific arrangements, and financial planning. Pre-planning ensures that the individual’s wishes are respected and relieves the family of decision-making pressure during a difficult time.

What are the costs associated with different types of funerals?

The costs vary based on the type of funeral service chosen:

  • Traditional burial: Includes the cost of a casket, burial plot, headstone, ceremony, and transportation, typically ranging from moderate to high expense.
  • Cremation: Often a more cost-effective option, including the cremation process, urn, and possibly a smaller memorial service.
  • Memorial Services: Costs depend on the scale and nature of the service and can range from minimal (for a simple gathering) to more significant for larger funeral services.


How can we personalise an attended funeral service?

There are many ways to personalise the attended funeral service of a loved one. This may include (but is not limited to):

  • Selecting a theme that reflects the deceased’s interests or personality.
  • Choosing specific music, readings, or performances.
  • Incorporating personal items.
  • Customising the ceremony structure to include personal eulogies from loved ones, such as friends and family.
  • Tailoring the decoration and visual elements to reflect the deceased’s preferences.


Where do Kenna and Turner operate in the Wirral area?

At Kenna and Turner, we provide attended funeral services across the entire Wirral area, including areas such as Birkenhead, New Brighton, Wallasey, Bebington, Moreton and Heswall. Regardless of where you are on the Wirral, you can count on us for compassionate and professional funeral services.