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Arranging a funeral for a loved one

This page will take you through all the things you need to consider

when arranging a funeral for someone who has died.


If  someone has died, and you require immediate assistance, either follow our helpful guide,

or please call 01522 754154 or 07775 272082 and we will be on hand to assist you. 

Natural burial at the orchard burial ground

Burial or Cremation?

The first question to answer is whether would you like a burial service held at the Orchard, a cremation at Lincoln Crematorium, or a combination of both. 

All the options for this are listed on our

Services & Prices page.

Services at the crematorium are limited to 40 minutes (double bookings are possible but incur an additional fee) whereas a burial service; be it a full service or burial of ashes, has no time limit attached. 


When will it take place?

Typically, a funeral will take place within 7 - 10 days from the date of passing. There may, however, be times when this could take longer. Should there be need for the coroner to be involved, it could take up to an extra 10 days before the funeral can take place. 

Once the person who has died is with us, burials can take place within a few days if required and cremations usually within a week. It mainly depends on when the family can make all the other necessary arrangements and we work closely with you to give ease to this process. 

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Eco-Friendly Wicker Coffins from Orchard Funeral Services
Natural wicker coffin from orchard funeral services

Which coffin?

At Orchard Funeral Services there are two types of coffin to choose from. You can opt for an Oak veneer coffin which most people choose when the funeral is to be a cremation, or you can upgrade to an eco wicker coffin as pictured here.  

Recommended Vendors from Orchard Funeral Services

Flowers or Donations?

When it comes to floral tributes the choice is yours. We work with some fantastic florists who create absolutely beautiful tributes to your loved ones. 

Click here to see a list of vendors we have worked with and can recommend.

Many people will opt for a floral display for the top of the coffin and then ask guests to donate to a good cause instead of bringing flowers themselves, this, however, is completely up to you, there is no right or wrong decision

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Funeral music with orchard funeral services


Generally speaking (though it's entirely your choice) services at the crematorium will include 3 pieces of music: entrance, reflection, and end. 

In contrast, there are no limits to the number of pieces you can play during a service at the Orchard, Whisby Nature Park, or other private venues. 



For the transportation of your loved one, we use a modern hearse. If you would prefer a traditional hearse this is also possible through a third party, though this may incur an extra charge. 

Most people choose to get to and from the funeral using their own transport. If, however, you would like to be transported by limousine, we can help you with those arrangements. 

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funeral wakes with orchard funeral services


Once the ceremony is over you may wish to hold a wake. This could be held at home or you may wish to hire a venue such as a pub, restaurant or village hall. 


Consider what type of event you wish to host. Will there be food and drink available, caterers or a sit down meal, will there be music etc. 

We're here to help

Arranging a funeral can be a stressful experience at an already difficult time. 

Unlike most funeral directors, we are here to help you through the entire process. If you need help

arranging any part of your funeral please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 

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