What goes into a Funeral Order of Service?

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A funeral is a ceremony, and like many other ceremonial services – weddings, religious celebrations and rites of passage – there will be an order of service. The close family of the departed will decide on the order of the service with the help of the funeral planners and the person conducting the ceremony.

If you’ve never been in the position of planning a funeral before, you may be wondering what actually makes up a funeral service. The funeral director or planning service you have chosen will discuss the options with you, and you will have a big part to play in the process to ensure the ceremony reflects the person it is celebrating the life of. Once you have agreed the order of service, you have the option of printing it out for attendees to view.

Each order of service is different as it is personalised to the deceased. Of course it will also depend on the type of ceremony you have chosen – if you are having a religious leader conduct the ceremony they may insist on certain rituals. Here are some examples of what typically goes into the order of service at a funeral.


Usually a funeral will have at least one reading, which can be performed by the person leading the service or a relative or close friend. Sometimes people close to the dead feel obliged to say a few words, or the family may ask someone to read something on their behalf while they mourn.

A reading can be religious, from a holy book, or it can be universal such as a poem about meeting again. If the person who died arranged a funeral plan, they may have even suggested a reading themselves.

Blessings or Prayers

In a religious funeral ceremony, the celebrant will lead prayers or conduct blessings for both the dead and the mourners. There is usually a shared verse or prayer which everyone reads together.


Most funerals have some sort of tribute or eulogy which remembers the individual. This often includes details of the deceased’s early life, their career, their hobbies and personality traits. It often also mentions family members and any fond memories provided by the bereaved.


Towards the end of the service, it is time to say final goodbyes to the deceased. In a crematorium ceremony, curtains may close on the coffin or mourners are asked to leave the room before it is taken away. In a burial, there is a short committal service by the graveside which follows the funeral service.

If you are providing an order of service booklet for mourners, in addition to the reception venue location you can also include photographs and the date of death. These service booklets can be taken away and kept forever.


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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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