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A funeral’s order of service

A funeral’s order of service

As with many other ceremonies, a funeral also follows an order of service, usually planned by the close family of the departed. A funeral service reflects your own cultural and religious beliefs, meaning that each funeral’s order of service is different. But certain key elements like readings, blessings and eulogy stay true to most funeral services. If this is the first time you’ve needed to plan a funeral, we’re here for you in this stressful time. Read on and gain a better understanding of the common elements of most funerals.


This takes place prior to the funeral service. The visitation allows for mourners to pay their respects and express their condolences to the members of the family, while also serving as a moment for friends, family and other parties known to the deceased to gather.


Readings are an important part of any funeral service. Done either by a religious leader conducting the ceremony, or relative or a close friend of the deceased, readings offer a way for participants to remember their loved one in a different way. The readings themselves are commonly pulled from religious texts, poems or other writings and may be chosen either by the reader or the departed. When choosing a reading, look for something that is meaningful to the relationship you had with the deceased – a poem you both loved or a passage in a book that reminds you of them, something that expresses what they meant to you.


This is a speech made to celebrate and honour the life of the departed. The eulogy may talk about the deceased’s early life, personality, family, career and life in general. Customarily, this includes fond memories particularly that of with the family members.

Similar to the readings, the eulogy may be read by the clergy officiating the ceremony, a family member or a chosen close member. Although one eulogy is the custom, you may go for multiple eulogies if you feel it’s apt.

Committal service

Here, the deceased remains are committed to their final disposition, a means of saying final goodbyes. This would take place at the graveside, funeral chapel or other appropriate location. You could include a committal service if you prefer and the funeral directors can help with the right prayer or reading to go with. Although this process is usually a religious ritual, it does not necessarily need to be so.

We’re here to help

Funeral services may also include other elements such as funeral music, religious/secular symbols, post-and funeral reception to name a few. The exact elements of a funeral’s order of service depends on what you as the deceased’s close family would prefer to go for, because different funerals follow different customs and processes. Either way, our funeral directors will be able to discuss the available options with you and assist in the planning process.

Planning the funeral service for your loved one is always a difficult experience. We at Fry Bros are here to help. Our line is always open at 0249336155 should you ever need assistance with getting things in order during your difficult time.


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