Cremation or Burial
The cremated remains will be collected two or three days following the service and will usually be placed in our chapel of rest, unless other arrangements have been made. These can then be taken by the family to be strewn in a special place, or scattered in the Garden of Remembrance where the service took place. They could also be buried in a churchyard in a grave or a plot in a cemetery.
The only form of memorialisation at Portchester Crematorium is the ‘Book of Remembrance’, however, other crematoriums in the area do allow memorials or plaques. Many local cemeteries and churchyards also have cremation plots and some of these allow memorials, as do the privately owned Portchester Memorial Gardens, which is located next to the Crematorium in Portchester. . www.pmgardens.com
Burials can take place in a churchyard, municipal cemetery or a woodland/green burial site. However, most churchyards are now full, therefore burials could only take place in existing graves. Some municipal cemeteries are segregated into religious areas for Anglican, Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist and some also have a chapel where services can be held.
For a list of local cemeteries please – Click Here
Southdowns natural burial site – Click Here
A civil funeral ceremony can provide an opportunity to create, with our help and support, the most appropriate and meaningful ceremony for your final act of love and respect, giving a more personal touch to the day of the funeral. Richard Coghlan is a Qualified Civil Funeral Celebrant and a member of the Institute of Civil Funerals.
Your choices may be influenced by religious and cultural traditions, or by cost and personal preferences, or by the express wishes of the deceased. And whilst the majority of people in the UK still choose a ‘traditional’ religious funeral service, an increasing number are finding that their personal preferences are easily accommodated within a civil funeral ceremony and therefore this can be a more appropriate choice for them.