September, 2013

Can You Hold a Private Funeral?

Whether you’ve organised a pre-paid funeral plan or not, you can arrange a private funeral and service for the people you wish to attend. Who you invite is up to you. By only inviting a select number of people, the event will be quite intimate. The rest of the public and the press won’t be able to join you. The public and the press are, nevertheless, allowed on public roads and other public places around wherever it is that you choose to hold a private funeral and service. One of the most important points about arranging a private funeral is that you don’t have to allow for the expectations of those you don’t wish to attend. You will, however, be denying people the option to attend. This may have been their one opportunity to show their respects and share the occasion with someone they loved or appreciated. By your actions you will undoubtedly cause an element of hurt and offence and if this is with family members you expect to share time with again, the conclusion will be finely balanced and you may need to explain your decisions, very carefully. There is always the option of going with a private funeral and then opting for a public memorial service later. This might suit all of your funeral planning. Whatever your decisions – and they begin from the moment you pre-plan and pre-pay your funeral plan – you won’t be able to undo what you’ve done. If that suits you, then go ahead. If it doesn’t leave you with enough room for movement later, then it’s time to reconsider your...

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How To LocateYour Natural Burial Grave

Where you have chosen a natural burial ground, you will almost certainly not be allowed to mark the area where the grave is or tend to the area. Within the terms of the agreement you will not be able to place a permanent or temporary headstone. This is because you are entering into the spirit of a natural burial. The law will require that the actual position of the grave is recorded accurately and in modern times you will be able to find its exact position by using the GPS on your mobile phone, perhaps by using a microchip that is buried along with the body or using old-fashioned methods, like a tape measure. However, from the day you purchased your prepaid funeral plan where you planned your funeral in advance, you may find some natural burial grounds that might allow you to use a temporary marker; preferably, one made of wood so that all of nature is preserved. It is important to remember that the whole location stands as a burial ground and while individuals are buried there, it is the whole site that is the memorial to the...

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