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There is no set procedure for a funeral but traditionally the funeral procession starts at the house of the person who has died – or sometimes the hospital or funeral home – with the coffin and cars travelling to the place where the funeral service will take place. The hearse sometimes goes straight to the service and mourners meet there.
The coffin is taken in to where the funeral service is to be held and close family members usually follow and sit at the front. For a burial, the coffin will be taken to the grave and lowered into the grave while a short service is held.
For a cremation, the coffin will be taken to the crematorium and placed on a stand. Towards the end of the service music is played and traditionally the coffin disappears from view. If you want the coffin to remain on view until after the mourners have left, please tell the funeral director.
Remember that there will be a time limit for the service. You can book more time at the crematorium if you like, although this may cost extra. Your funeral director can advise on times and costs.
After the funeral, friends and family usually get together for some refreshments, which often takes place at the deceased’s house, the house of a close family member or at a local pub or hotel.