At Newrest Funerals, we can help you to plan a funeral whether you would like a religious service or an entirely secular one. Many people require assistance when planning a religious funeral for a loved one, especially if making the necessary arrangements has fallen to them and they are not well-versed in the rites of the religion concerned. Many families are drawn together from multi-faith groups nowadays and it is also not uncommon for atheists to want to arrange a religious service for someone of faith they had known in life. What is necessary if you are in such a position and need to book a religious funeral without knowing much about the religion concerned?

To begin with, there are no rights and wrongs when it comes to funerals. Yes, if the person who has passed on left specific instructions about what to do in the event of their death, then it will be best to abide by their wishes within reason. However, all funerals must comply with the law and they must also be reasonably within budget. As such, giving someone the religious send-off they would have liked often means applying your own judgement about which elements of the service are most important and which might be dispensed with.

Before making any specific arrangements or spending any money on the service itself, check whether the deceased already had a funeral plan. At Newrest Funerals, we provide many prepaid funeral plans to people of all religious beliefs. It could be that they had just such a plan which should mean that all – or most – of the things you will need to pay for will be covered. Some people also have funeral insurance. Although this may still mean you will need to pay for the religious service in most cases, you should at least be able to claim back a proportion of the expenditure from the policy.

When booking funeral directors, make sure the firm you choose has specific experience with the religion in question. For example, there are certain Islamic rites associated with the way the body will be prepared prior to burial and your chosen funeral directors ought to know what to do. The same goes for people of Sikh, Hindu, Jewish and Christian faiths, of course. Remember, too, that most of the world’s great religions do not offer just one set of rules about what to do in the event of a death in the family. For example, orthodox Jewish funerals can be very different to reformist ones just as Baptist funerals are likely to differ when compared to Catholic ones.

In many cases, the funeral venue will be the place of worship the deceased attended in life. If they are to be cremated, then seek a local officiant of the religion concerned who can lead prayers and religious readings for the mourners. Remember, too, that certain religions will mean that there is more than one gathering of mourners. Some traditions mean that the funeral itself will be followed a few weeks down the line by a separate service or memorial. Both informal and informal ones occur. 

If you would like any assistance with planning a religious funeral service for a friend or loved one, then do not hesitate to call us at Newrest Funerals. We can assist with all funeral types across the UK regardless of the faith of the individual concerned.