Planning a funeral can be a challenging thing to do, whether it is for someone else or you are arranging your own funeral. We assist in all the practicalities regarding the death. We pride ourselves on being able to offer 24-hour service 365 days a year providing help and advice on what needs to be done and by whom. Please don’t hesitate to contact us.
One of the first steps is the meeting with us, where we plan and arrange for all the practicalities that has to be taken care of regarding the death and the funeral or cremation.
Funeral - Burial or cremation?
The funeral is the ceremony used to honour and celebrate the life of the deceased.
The key difference between burial and cremation are that burial is a ritual in which the body of the deceased is placed inside the ground, placed in a casket. Cremation is a process in which the human body placed in a coffin is burned to ashes, and the remains is placed in an urn after the cremation has taken place.
According to the Norwegian Funeral Act, the remains must be buried or cremated within ten business days after the death has taken place, or when the body of the deceased has been released from the Hospital in case of forensic autopsy.
The funeral service can take place in a church, a chapel og some other suited establishment. In some cases, the deceased has written own wishes for the funeral, and they should be taken into consideration when planning the funeral.
Type of funeral service
The funeral service can be religious or non-religious, i.e. humanist.
Religious funerals are to mark the passing and celebrate the life of someone, with religious aspects that are intended to help the soul of the deceased reach the afterlife, resurrection or reincarnation.
A non-religious funeral service may be chosen when the deceased did not practice any specific type of formal religion. Non-religious funerals are also appropriate when the deceased had been an Atheist or a Humanist. Because there are no historical guidelines and traditions in place for this type of funeral, the format is usually dictated by the deceased person’s wishes or by the family. All religions have traditions and rituals that serve the honour the dead and assist bereaved families in handling their grief. The need for a fitting way to remember a departed loved one and say goodbye is universal, among the non-religious as well as the religious. In many cases a non-religious funeral service just means a ceremony to honour the deceased that is not tied to the traditions, rituals or beliefs of any particular religion. Many of the same elements such as eulogies and non-religious funeral readings are used.