Traditional Funeral

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Our Traditional Funeral can be held at any crematorium, woodland burial ground, cemetery, religious or non-religious space in the Greater London area or beyond. We use a black hearse and our team wear smart dark trousers and jackets.

Meaning

For many families a traditional-looking funeral with black hearse and dress is absolutely the right choice. These recognisable symbols of mourning provide great comfort and have long been a mark of respect. If this is right for you, we can help you hold a truly meaningful and affordable traditional funeral.

Value

London is the most expensive place to die in the UK. SunLife’s Cost of Dying Report shows the average cost of dying in the UK in 2014 was £8,427 (including administration of the estate), with many of the contributing costs coming from unnecessary funeral accessories.

Choosing a Traditional Funeral with Poppy’s means you can create a truly meaningful ceremony without spending money on funeral accessories you don’t want or need.

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Legal documentation

Firstly, Poppy’s will meet with you to help you complete the following paperwork checklist. All of these documents are straightforward and we’ll be happy to guide you through.

Cremation

  • Certificate for Burial or Cremation: Provided by the registrar when you register the death.
  • Cremation 1: Application to the crematorium for the cremation.
  • Cremation 4 and Cremation 5: Two certificates to be signed by two separate doctors confirming the cause of death.
  • Notice of Cremation: Details of the cremation and what you want to do with the ashes.

(In some cases where the coroner is involved, Cremation 4, 5, and the Certificate for Burial or Cremation are replaced by forms provided by the coroner.)

Burial

  • Certificate for Burial or Cremation: Provided by the registrar when you register the death.
  • Notice of Interment: Details of the burial.
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Collection and care of the body

Once the necessary legal documentation has been completed, we collect the person who has died and look after them in our mortuary. We do not undertake any invasive procedures such as embalming – we leave the body in its natural state.

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Funeral

When the paperwork is authorised by the crematorium, woodland burial ground or cemetery, we bring the body to the funeral in a black hearse.

We hope this section can help you plan a truly personal ceremony.

Leader

The person you choose to lead the ceremony will set the tone and hold the structure together. You might already know who this person should be – whether a family member, friend, celebrant, or religious leader. If you don’t, here are some ideas to help you find the right person.

Celebrants

A celebrant is a non-religious ceremony leader. A good celebrant will visit you at home to help you create a ceremony based on your needs and wishes. They usually charge somewhere in the region of £180-£350. If you’re looking for a celebrant, here are some fantastic resources to help you find one in your area:
British Humanist Association ‘Find a Celebrant’
Green Fuse
Institute of Civil Funerals
Fellowship of Professional Celebrants
One Spirit Interfaith Foundation

Vicars/priests

If you have a church you regularly go to, it will be natural for you to approach them directly. If you would like a vicar or priest to lead the ceremony, but don’t have someone specific in mind, these resources may help you locate your nearest church to contact:
Church of England
The Catholic Church in England and Wales

Other religious leaders

If you are looking for a religious leader of another faith, here are resources to help you find the right person for you:
Buddhist Directory
UK Synagogues
Hindu Temples
Sikh Temples
Mosques

Location

Many families choose to hold the funeral in a local crematorium, natural burial ground, cemetery or religious building. But this doesn’t have to be the case. A funeral can be held anywhere – at home or in any other private venue – as long as you have the owner’s permission. Here are some alternative venues where you can hold a funeral:
Le Gothique, SW18 3SX 
Lauderdale House, N6 5HG
Caroline Gardens Chapel, SE15 2SQ 

The Ceremony

You may know exactly how you want the ceremony to run. But if you’re looking for ideas and information, we hope the following is helpful.

Carrying the coffin

This can be one of the most meaningful ways for family and friends to participate in the ceremony. Alternatively, the Poppy’s team can carry the coffin for you, or with you. The choice is entirely yours. More info

Music and words

Whether you’re a fan of Mozart, Madonna, Shakespeare or Roald Dahl, there may well be important music and words you’d like to include. More info Whether on original CDs, an iPod or performed live by friends, family or professional musicians, music can play a meaningful role in creating a personal ceremony. Readings, poems and prayers can be just as important as music. You might like to invite family or friends to read something or alternatively the person leading the ceremony should be glad to do it for you. It's entirely up to you.

Eulogy

A eulogy, if you choose to incorporate one, can be as formal or as informal as you’d like it to be. More info There can be several family members and friends who might like to share personal stories and a loving tribute, or you may want to offer up an open mic.

The committal

The ‘committal’ is traditionally the moment when we say goodbye to the person who has died. More info If you’re at the crematorium, a curtain may be drawn around the coffin to obscure it from view, or the coffin may move through a set of doors. For many families, this is an important moment of ‘closure’. But remember this doesn’t have to happen. More and more families are choosing to leave the coffin where it is, and to say goodbye in their own time.

Saying a personal goodbye

There are many beautiful ways you can invite the congregation to say a personal goodbye. More info You could invite people to step forward and place a flower on the coffin. Or you can place colourful message tags and pens on seats before the ceremony starts so during the ceremony people can write a message to tie onto the coffin. You could get everyone singing, lighting candles or drinking a glass of whisky together. You could incorporate some time for reflection. The choice is entirely up to you. Whatever feels right, is right.

Flowers

Family and friends can bring their own flowers from a local florist or even from their gardens. Alternatively Poppy’s can arrange this using our own trusted florist. More info You can choose to have flowers on top of the coffin and/or decorating the ceremony space. Flowers can also be incorporated into the ceremony by inviting everyone to step forward to lay them on (or if it’s wicker, entwine them into) the coffin.

Orders of service

Many families design and print orders of service themselves. But we can, of course, help you do this.

Cremation

The cost of a Traditional Funeral at any crematorium in Greater London is:

£2,250

+ the cremation fee
(approximately £300–£900 depending on crematorium)

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This includes:

  • Meeting with you to discuss a Traditional Funeral
  • Help completing the necessary paperwork
  • Doctors’ cremation paperwork fees
  • Collection of the body
  • Care of the body prior to the funeral
  • Simple cardboard coffin (Image)
    Or choose another coffin
  • Traditional black hearse (Image)
  • 2 bearers in smart dark trousers and jackets
    More info We provide 2 bearers because family/friends often choose to help carry the coffin. We can of course provide as many as you need.
  • Our full support on the day
  • Simple crematorium urn
    Or choose another urn

In cases where the coroner is involved, and there is no need for the doctors’ medical certificates (Cremation 4 and 5), this fee will be reimbursed to you.

Burial

The cost of a Traditional Funeral at any Burial Ground or Cemetery in Greater London is:

£2,050

+ burial costs
(grave purchase and preparation)

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This includes:

  • Meeting with you to discuss a Traditional Funeral
  • Help completing the necessary paperwork
  • Collection of the body
  • Care of the body prior to the funeral
  • Simple cardboard coffin (Image)
    Or choose another coffin
  • Traditional black hearse (Image)
  • 2 bearers in smart dark trousers and jackets
    More info We provide 2 bearers because family/friends often choose to help carry the coffin. We can of course provide as many as you need.
  • Our full support on the day

Coffins & optional extras

From stunning willow coffins to vintage silver hearses, we have a great range of choices and optional extras you can choose from.

Coffins Optional extras

Collection of the body out of hours: Our standard collection hours are 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. If collection of the body is urgent and required out of hours (weekends, bank holidays or between 3pm and 9am Monday to Friday), an additional charge of £235 will apply.

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Payment

You can pay by debit or credit card, direct bank transfer or cash. We take payment upfront when we come to meet you

Please call 020 3589 4726 or send us a message directly for more details.