Beautiful Funeral Ideas

Whilst the traditional aspects of a funeral ceremony can give mourners great comfort during a time of grief, some families also like to pay tribute to their loved one with personalised touches, creating a more meaningful way to honour someone’s memory.

Our beautiful funeral ideas guide is here to give our readers an idea of the range of options available when planning a funeral.

Beautiful hearse ideas

A hearse, which is also sometimes called a funeral coach, is used to lead a funeral procession on the way to a ceremony, and then to the burial site or crematorium. Hearses range from discreet and traditional through to special carriages such as Harley Davidson hearses, tank hearses and fire truck hearses. Here is a selection of beautiful funeral hearses we have found online:

Pink horse drawn carriage

This pink horse drawn hearse offers an alternative to a traditional black carriage.

VW camper van hearse

This stunning alternative to a traditional hearse provides a beautiful and unique last journey for a loved one.

Traditional black horse drawn carriage

A traditional horse drawn carriage hearse will always prove to be a popular option for those who wish to provide a beautiful last journey for a loved one.

Beautiful coffin ideas

There are hundreds of coffin manufacturers in the UK offering a range of traditional, modern and natural options. We have hand picked some of the more unusual and beautiful coffin types below:

Natural woollen coffins

This is a beautiful and comforting hand-crafted wool alternative to a traditional coffin and is available in a range of colours.

English Willow Coffin

English willow is a beautiful and sustainable material grown in various sites across the UK for coffin making.

Victorian Oak Coffin

This elegant, natural oak coffin is furnished with gold fittings and lined throughout with a white satin lace bed interior.

Beautiful flower arrangements

A flower arrangement can act as a centrepiece to a ceremony. You can choose to have a colourful arrangement or opt for pale pinks and whites for a more reserved look. Speaking with a funeral director or florist often helps people to decide the colours, shape, and layout of flower arrangements, see below for some examples of beautiful funeral flowers.

Personalised flower arrangement

There are many flower companies that will offer personalised floral arrangements laid out as a word or shape. You will typically have a choice of colours, but florists will aim to use seasonal and fresh materials when making the arrangement.

Butterfly floral tribute

Many florists can create butterfly floral tributes using flowers of your choice. These can help to decorate the entrance to a funeral venue, as a coffin arrangement, or be laid as a memorial.

Basket arrangements

A basket arrangement can be used to decorate the funeral venue, crematorium or place of rest. The baskets come in a variety of colours and sizes and you can take guidance from your florist on the flowers to use.

Posies

Similar to a basket arrangement, posies can be used to decorate a venue, crematorium or be left as a memorial. Your florist will be able to guide you on the flowers to use depending on the season.

Beautiful memorial ideas

There are lots of creative and beautiful ways to pay tribute to a life lived, often in the form of a memorial, here are some that we have found:

Memorial pebbles

A beautiful and unique way to give everyone a chance to share a message or memory of a loved one. Set up an area with small stones, permanent markers and bowl, large jar or even a hollowed-out trunk for attendees to leave a message on a pebble.

Memorial tree

Similar to the idea of memorial pebbles but instead using either a small tree or branches laid out in a vase and small labels.

Natural woodland funerals

Woodland burial sites offer a beautiful and natural final resting place for a loved one amongst protected flora, fauna and woodland.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family
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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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