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On The Day Of The Funeral

We are often asked what will happen on the day of the funeral itself. Please try not to worry too much about this, as we will be there for you and assist you through every step.

Cremation

If we are leaving from a home address, we will greet you at your door, and escort you and your family to the limousine(s) if any have been requested. Once everyone is seated, the Funeral Director will walk the cortege away from the house, before getting into the hearse and travelling to the place of service.

If the service prior to cremation is in a place of worship, on arrival we will go in first and then come and collect you when everything is ready.

You will be asked whether you would like to follow the coffin or if you would prefer to be seated first. If you wish to be seated first, we will guide you to your seats.

If you wish to follow, the coffin will be taken in and you will be asked to follow behind. Once inside we will guide you to your seats. At the end of the service, the coffin will be taken out and placed on to the hearse to go to the Crematorium and you will be asked to lead the mourners behind the coffin. At the crematorium, the coffin is taken in to the chapel, and placed on the catafalque (coffin rest). Again, you will be invited to follow behind the coffin, and we will show you to your seats.

After the service, we will lead you to the Garden of Remembrance to look at the flowers and to thank mourners for attending. The main family flowers are usually placed on top of the coffin and will stay there until the chapel is empty at which point we will collect them and bring them out. If you wish your flowers to stay with the coffin for the cremation please inform us.

Following the committal service at the crematorium, the limousine(s) if requested will take you back to an address of your choice, or to a reception venue. Please advise us of the return destination prior to the day of the funeral to ensure our chauffeurs can be instructed accordingly.

Burial

If we are leaving from a home address, we will greet you there and escort you and your family to the limousine(s) if any have been requested. Once everyone is seated, the Funeral Director will walk the cortege away from the house, before getting into the hearse and travelling to the place of service.

Once we arrive at your chosen place of worship, we will go in first and then come and collect you when everything is ready. You will be asked whether you would like to follow the coffin or if you would prefer to be seated first. If you wish to be seated first, we will guide you to your seats. At the end of the service, the coffin will be placed on to the hearse to travel to the cemetery.

At the cemetery, we will lead the way to the grave and you will be asked to follow behind the coffin. You may gather around the grave, whilst the committal takes place, and you will be invited to scatter earth/holy water into the grave if appropriate. Some people also choose to bring single stemmed flowers for the same purpose.

Please give thought to suitable footwear when attending a burial in winter/wet weather, as the ground can be quite slippery and uneven. We will then lead you to look at the flowers, which will be laid out along the ground. Once you have left the cemetery, the flowers will be placed on to the grave. If you wish your floral tribute to remain on the coffin whilst it is lowered, then please tell us in advance.

Following the committal service at the cemetery, the limousine(s) if requested will take you back to an address of your choice, or to a reception venue. Please advise us of the return destination prior to the day of the funeral to ensure our chauffeurs can be instructed accordingly.

Every funeral is different but we hope this gives you some idea as to what to expect on the day. We are there to assist and to make sure everything runs smoothly, if you have any questions or concerns then please just ask.

What Our Families Say Of Us

Thank you for your care and support during this difficult time. My sincere gratitude for everything you did. It was perfect. You said ”We will be with you every step of the way”,,,, How true you were with those kind words.
Angela, Ray, Daniel and Faye Parkinson

Our Pledge

“Many of us at John G Hogg have unfortunately been where you are right now. We have lost people who have been close family members and dear friends. It is inevitable that at some point in our lives we will all experience the hurt, pain and distress of losing someone we love and care for.

"We are here to help, support and guide you and your family through this sad and difficult time. We take away some of the burden that bereavement can leave behind, and allow you to grieve with your family, while we carry out the funeral arrangements for your loved one.”

John G Hogg

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