Making Funeral arrangements

Hold a funeral service with us

What we can offer

Our cemeteries and crematorium offer a beautiful and calm place in which to hold a funeral service. This can be in the crematorium, a cemetery chapel or as a grave side service.

The Kingston Crematorium chapel can be used for cremation or burial services offering use of music facilities and a resident organist. The chapel can accommodate 60 mourners seated. For large attendances there is a covered area with external speakers.

Surbiton burial chapel offers free use of an electronic organ and a CD player. You will need to arrange your own organist. The chapel can accommodate 40 mourners seated.

All chapels are fitted with a hearing loop system.

Before the body of the person who has died is taken to the crematorium or place of burial you may like to hold a service in their honour. If the service is in a different place to the crematorium or place of burial, a short committal ceremony will normally occur at the crematorium or place of burial.

What a service may include

Order of service

You may like the service to contain:

  • music
  • hymns
  • readings, texts or poems
  • an address about the person who has died
  • release of doves and or balloons
  • personalisation of the chapel-display of photos etc
  • piper/standard bearers

You may have a minister, humanist officiate or person in mind to take the service or this can be a friend or relative if desired. If you are not religious you may like to consider the information described below on 'Non-religious ceremonies'.

Non-religious service

The following is an example outline of what a non-religious ceremony could include:

  • Duration - about 20 - 25 minutes is usual, although 40 minutes is allocated for each service at Kingston.
  • Officiant - this could be a Humanist officiant, member of the family, friend or workmate.
  • Music - you may want to choose music during your entry into the chapel.
  • Opening - an introduction to the service read by the officiant, explaining that the congregation are gathered to honour the life of the deceased. This could explain that the deceased or their family/friends have chosen a non-religious service and why that was an important choice for them.
  • Tribute - in this section, the life, the love, the failures, the humour, the accomplishments of the deceased can be described in as much detail as desired. Family members or friends could speak if they so wish.
  • Quiet moment - a moment of quiet may be included during which those with a religious belief might wish to say a prayer.
  • Poetry - this could be a favourite poem or a poem that could have applied to the deceased.
  • Committal - a committal does not have to occur but if desired the following committal words can be used: 'Would you please stand for the committal. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose on earth, a time to be born and a time to die. Here in this last act, in sorrow but without fear, in love and appreciation, we commit (deceased's name) to its natural end.'  Members of the family could say farewell first, by placing a rose or flower on the coffin. A favourite record, tape or CD could be played during or after the committal.
  • Closing words - the service could end with a some closing remarks, such as: 'We have been remembering with love and gratitude a life that has ended. Let us return to our own homes and to our work, enriched and inspired by these memories.' A final reading or poem could then be read by a loved one.
  • Music - you may want to choose one last piece of music to listen to before exiting the chapel or to play as the mourners leave.

Last Modified: 05/03/2020 11:09:03