Can You Have a Funeral on a Weekend?

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While it is most common for a funeral to occur during the week, it may be possible to pay your last respects and say goodbye to a loved one on the weekend, as well. Whether or not this will be an option will depend mostly on the type of service required, the availability of your chosen funeral director / parish and the budget you have set aside to pay for the funeral.

When does a funeral normally take place?

It’s most common for a funeral to take place between one week and a fortnight after the death of the person in question. Some religions require that the ceremony take place as soon as possible, potentially bringing it forward a few days, while bodies which require an inquest from the coroner may be delayed for slightly longer.

Usually, the funeral itself will occur Monday to Friday, either as a morning or midday service. An early morning ceremony is especially attractive if money is a concern, since time slots from 12pm onwards are generally the most in-demand and therefore the most expensive. However, the time you choose should be dictated by what’s most convenient for you and your family (and which coincides with the availability of your funeral director and/or parish), and you shouldn’t feel the need to hold a midweek service just because it’s common practice.

Things to consider for a weekend funeral

While not all parishes or funeral directors will accommodate a weekend funeral, many now do and a Saturday morning service can be especially beneficial if many people need to travel from out of town to make it, as it will minimise the time off work required. Typically, a Saturday (or Bank Holiday) funeral will cost in the region of £500 to £1,000 more than a midweek service, since those involved often charge higher rates for working at the weekend.

There is no explicit Christian scripture which prohibits funerals from taking place on a Sunday, but you may find that your local parish or funeral director does not offer this option due to the religious connotations attached to the Sabbath. Regarded as a day of rest during which nothing should interrupt worship of God, the sadness of a funeral can seem incongruous to many and as such, it could be that Sunday is not an option.

Of course, the availability of a Saturday (and indeed Sunday) funeral will depend on your own religion, location and unique circumstances. At Your Funeral Choice, we’re happy to dispense free, impartial advice about how to approach arrangements for the departure of your loved one. You can search for funeral directors in your area using our free tool.


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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

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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