When can the funeral take place?

Written By

Jon Goodrum

With over 10 years of experince arranging and conducting funerals, Jon Goodrum answers some of the most frequestly asked questions posed to him and the rest of the team. If you have a question you would like to ask you can contact us here, send us a tweet @_ivanfisher or call us direct.

Funerals tend to be held within 7 to 21 days from the date of death although this can vary widely depending on a variety of circumstances, most often the availability at the crematorium. Overall, we find that the waiting time for funerals that will conclude with a burial to be at the lower end of this estimate.

Thankfully, over recent years, we have seen a marked decline in waiting times with the opening of two new crematoria locally and the introduction of new cremation services from local Ceremonial Parks. At one point in the not too distant past, waiting times reached about 6 weeks locally which was a particularly traumatic period for families so we are grateful to be able to offer much shorter waiting times.

Factors to consider when thinking about a date and time for a funeral:

  • Pre-booked holidays of relatives/friends who you would particularly like to attend.
  • Is there a family birthday or anniversary coming up that you would like to avoid?
  • Take into account travel times for those who will be travelling to the funeral.
  • What time a wake may commence/finish in relation to the funeral time.

Booking the funeral should always be left to us to organise but we will always endeavour to accommodate your preferred date and time.


As funeral directors, we are regulary asked lots of questions about our profession. We are very happy to answer any questions you might have and no matter how strange they may seem, it’s very likely that we’ve been asked it before! Fill in the form below with your question and one of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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