Alternative funerals

A so called 'alternative' funeral to us, is anything that does not follow the expected track of a 'traditional' funeral. Many of the funerals that we arrange have some aspect of the unusual whether it be the type of coffin, the mode of transport or the location of the service, even something simple like wearing colourful clothing, rather than the traditional black. We am open to any sort of request, as long as it is legal and dignified, and of course family participation makes for a very personal farewell.

Woodland burials

We are fully aware of the particular requirements for a green burial ground and, although the general opinion is that the alternative coffins are more sustainable, most are manufactured overseas and therefore do involve transportation. Because of this we would usually advise a British manufacturer for this reason alone but, at the end of the day, it is what the customer wants that matters and we are there to offer our assistance in any way we can.

Types of coffins

In the top right hand corner of this page you will see not only a number of the coffins that we use but also the various modes of transport that are available.

Music and poetry

Music and poetry is a very important part of the service, especially if the service is a non religious one and therefore no hymns are included. There are no restrictions on the type of music played at funerals.

Celebrants, religious and non religious

We are aware that as your funeral is not being held in a church you may still wish for a celebrant to be present who will lead you through the Funeral Service. This person can be religious or non religious. We will always try and find the right person to do the Service that you require.

We are available 24/7

Here on our website we have tried to outline the basic services we offer to all our customers. We will however be happy to meet you and discuss your individual requirements as we appreciate every funeral will be different.

Call us on 01756 792738

Brook Smith Funeral Directors
Fairbanks House
Bunkers Hill
BD23 1HU


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