Civil funerals

A civil funeral is a non-religious funeral that reflects the wishes of the deceased and their family.

The funeral is conducted by a professional celebrant who works closely with the deceased’s family to create a highly personal ceremony.

A civil funeral may be held anywhere except religious buildings. The ceremony is appropriate for cremation or burial.

Independent funerals

Most people use the services of a Funeral Director, however it is not a requirement; some people choose to arrange independent funerals. 

Funeral Directors make arrangements such as collecting and removing the body, arranging embalming and viewing of the deceased, providing a coffin, hearse and other vehicles.

They will also contact the crematorium, clergy and doctors to ensure that all necessary arrangements are made, as well as the newspaper if you wish to have an obituary notice published.

If you wish to arrange an independent funeral copies of all the necessary forms are available from the crematorium, staff there will be happy to assist you in their completion.