Different types of funerals, and the important reason you need to know the difference.

Different types of funerals, and the important reason you need to know the difference.

Following the loss of a loved one, there is almost always a funeral that takes place. Hence, it is crucial to understand the different types of funerals there are. This would allow the family to consider which type of funeral best suits their family and background including factors such as the budget, requirements and ease of conducting the funeral.

A Religious funeral

In this type of funeral, it is common to find a person conducting the religious funeral usually a religious leader. There may be prayers, music and/or eulogy to address the deceased and their family. Before the actual ceremony, there would also be visiting allowed to see the body if it’s in a casket and talk to others to share the grief. Therefore, if you or your family is religious this type of traditional funeral is the most appropriate. Moreover, this type of funeral can also combine other forms of funerals such as direct burial or cremation according to the religion the ceremony is conducted.

A Cremation Service

This type of service is also known by various other names such as “direct disposal cremation”, or, “low-cost cremation”. In this type of cremation services in inner west usually, there is no visiting or ceremony before, however, there is a memorial service which would be held by family and relatives. Moreover, the funeral home would also return the remains to the family in order to conduct the memorial. People who are very private or prefer a low-cost funeral prefer the cremation service. On the other hand, this type of funeral is considered to be relatively environmentally friendly as it avoids the casket and embalming fluid as well as a plot of land for the burial.

A Humanist Funeral

The biggest difference between a humanist funeral and a traditional one is that the humanist funeral omits any relation to God or religion. On the other side, this type of funeral would showcase a farewell to honour the deceased as well as the celebration of life and may include a moment of silence to reflect on the life of the person. Hence, the highlight of funerals in this nature is the tribute which includes the tribute from family and friends. Further, a humanist funeral can be seen to be of most relevance in a family that has mixed religions which helps to avoid any form of relation/link to religion or God. It is also recommended for family and friends who are comfortable sharing their closest moments with the rest of the service.

A Natural/Green Burial

As the name suggests, this type of funeral service is the most environmentally friendly and requires the least number of materials including embalming fluid, the typical metal/steel that the burial is placed in, in the earth. This type of funeral also omits the carbon footprint from cremation services. The intended persons for this type of funeral would be that of which the loved one is very fond of outdoors or was an environmentalist. This is because the burial shroud, which is bio-degradable becomes bonded with the earth quite easily.