Before the funeral
What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?
Embalming is an optional service we offer. Embalming is a preservation technique introducing a chemical preservative through the vascular system. Embalming can help restore a natural and restful appearance, which can bring comfort when visiting a loved one in the chapel of rest. We carry out embalming to preserve your loved one’s body as it slows down the natural processes and changes after death and enhances the appearances, especially if you do wish to visit your loved one in our Remembrance Room. Please discuss this with our staff and we can help with our professional experience as the best option for your loved one.
Do I need to have embalming?
No, this can be a personal choice. Also, some religions forbid embalming. However, some countries require embalming by law in order for remains to leave or enter the country. It is important to note that if you choose a natural burial that you cannot also choose to have your loved one embalmed. If there is a long time-lag between your loved one being brought into our care and the funeral service taking place, you may consider choosing to have them embalmed, however this is a personal choice and will not affect the care they receive.
When can I visit the chapel of rest?
Once funeral arrangements are in place and preparations are completed, you can visit your loved one in our Remembrance Room as often as you wish. All we ask is that you make an appointment and do not arrive unannounced.
What can I expect if I visit the chapel of rest?
The decision to visit is a sensitive and highly personal one, but we will gladly talk through things with you to help your make your decision. You should be prepared for the fact that the person will have a paler complexion, and if you touch their hands or face you will notice how cold they are. However, for many, the peacefulness of the person is reassuring, and in the case of sudden death can be a first step to acceptance of the reality of loss
Can I bring in clothing for my loved one to be dressed in?
You may wish for your loved one to be dressed in their usual own clothes or choose for them to be dressed to reflect a hobby, job or an outfit of significance. Examples could include a wedding dress, football strip, military uniform, kilts and bikers’ leathers. In certain circumstances, clothing choices are restricted due to local crematoria rules, restricting certain materials.
Do I have to have a religious ceremony?
No, whilst religious ceremonies remain popular, you can also choose a funeral service with little or no religious content. The non-religious funeral ceremony tends to focus on celebrating a loved one’s life, personality and achievements as an alternative way to say goodbye.