Taking into account what you agreed with above, you may now have a better idea what sort of farewell event you favour. Here are your options:

~ No funeral, nothing. See our Useful Guide about direct cremation.

~ A funeral at which the dead person is not present – usually called a memorial service.

~ A family-organised farewell event with or without the ashes present. You can hold this anywhere you want – home, a special place – at any time you you choose.

~ A private funeral to which only certain people are invited.

~ A conventional funeral on which you set your stylistic stamp – eg, alternative hearse, colourful coffin, dress code, theme, ‘different’ music, etc.

~ A conventional funeral with all the traditional trappings.