Can you have a funeral at Christmas?

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When a loved one passes away over Christmas it may help a little to know that you’ll still be able to get the support you need. See how funeral directors can help you over the Christmas period below.

Do you need immediate assistance?

If you’ve just found someone who’s died or may be injured and in need of help call 999 straight away. Explain your situation and the operator will tell you what to do next.

What to do when someone dies at Christmas

If a loved one dies at Christmas you’ll still get the help you need from the emergency services and funeral directors.

Once the death has been confirmed by the emergency services you can call a funeral director to take the body to a funeral home if that’s what you’d like. They’ll be available to offer you the support you need to start funeral arrangements.

Following the death of a loved one there are further practical steps you’ll need to take. For a full breakdown of next steps read our guide on what to do when someone dies.

Are funeral homes open on Christmas Day?

Funeral directors work throughout the Christmas period. Their private ambulances will be on call 24/7 just in case someone dies and needs to be taken to a funeral home. Even over Christmas a person who’s died will be cared for as they normally would at any other time. And they’ll be prepared for their funeral service too.

Some funeral directors will close their offices on Christmas Day and Boxing Day. But you’ll generally find that you can contact most funeral directors with questions over the Christmas period.

Important: All funeral directors still provide private ambulance services at all times even if their offices are closed.

Can you a funerals on Christmas Day?

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to have a funeral on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. Even though funeral directors are still working many won’t carry out funerals on Christmas Day or Boxing Day. This is because they may be running with fewer staff. Most crematoriums are also closed on Christmas Day.

But always speak to your funeral director about your options. They may be able to organise a funeral on Christmas Eve if it’s important to you – especially if you need the burial to take place quickly for religious reasons.

Can you have a funeral on Christmas Eve?

Yes, you can have a funeral on Christmas Eve. But keep in mind that this will depend on the availability of the crematorium or other venue where you want to hold the funeral. Churches in particular are busier than usual over the Christmas period so you might find it more difficult to get the time and day you want. It’s also worth knowing that it usually costs a bit more to hold a funeral on a weekend – which could affect you if Christmas Eve falls on a Saturday.

Coping with grief at Christmas

When you lose someone at Christmas don’t feel pressured to carry on the celebrations as normal if it doesn’t feel right. Do what feels right for you and your family.

You may want to abandon your usual traditions and create some new ones instead. Perhaps lighting a candle for your loved one at the dinner table would help. Or maybe getting outside with family and friends is the best option.

Everyone copes with grief differently. So whatever you decide to do make sure you don’t try to live up to any expectations. Do as much or as little as you’d like to celebrate Christmas.

If you’re struggling to cope with grief ask for help. Cruse offers free bereavement support and counselling. Get in touch with them on 0808 808 1677.

 

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  • 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:

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  • 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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This price includes the following:

  • Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements
  • Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15 miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care
  • Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities.
  • Providing a suitable coffin
  • Optional viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director
  • At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle

In addition to the Funeral Director’s fee, there will be third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements) to cover the other aspects of a funeral (such as the crematorium or burial fees). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to provide these for you.

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This price includes the following:

  • Funeral Director's fees
  • Crematorium fee (for an unattended funeral) as selected by the Funeral Director

In addition to this fee, there might be additional third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to explain these for you.

If you wish to attend the funeral, you should view the “Attended Funeral” price instead.

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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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