A funeral service offering the highest standards

Burial and Cremation

While burial was once the preferred or only choice, over 70% of people now choose cremation. Cremation has become the majority choice for a number of reasons. Pressure is growing on available space for burial, and from a practical point of view, cremation is the simpler and more economical option.

The decision between burial and cremation may be made on religious or cultural grounds. Muslims, for example, choose burial for religious reasons. Hindus and Sikhs are cremated. For the Jewish faith, the decision is influenced by the form of Judaism observed – Orthodox Jews do not allow cremation. For most Christians, cremation is acceptable and common practice, although the Catholic Church has only endorsed this since 1965.


If cremation is chosen there may be a chapel service with a short committal service at the crematorium, or a civic or memorial service separate from the cremation ceremony. In most cases, the ashes that result from cremations are strewn in the Gardens of Remembrance at the crematorium. You may also remove the cremation ashes from the crematorium in a suitable urn for disposal elsewhere, for example, in a family grave, at another crematorium or in some favourite spot, provided you have sought permission.


  • The cemetery is generally administered by the local district authority. There are some private cemeteries in this country. They exist to serve the local population and usually allow for all denominations within the grounds, but not necessarily in the same area or plot. 
  • Many churchyards are now becoming full, but within rural areas churchyard burials can still be commonplace. Burials usually take place within the grounds surrounding the church and are generally reserved for the parishioners of the church.
  • There are a select few places around our coastline where burial at sea is allowed. Authority must be sought from government agencies.

Natural, 'Green' and Woodland Burials

A woodland burial provides a beautiful natural alternative to traditional funerals in cemeteries and graveyards. Offering Full Burials, Ash Interments, Scatterings and memorial options, GreenAcres Epping Forest provides a choice where friends and families can celebrate the life of a loved one in beautiful English woodlands. With a focus on preserving the natural beauty of the woodland environment and encouraging native wildlife and flowers, graves may be marked by a wooden memorial post. Services for both burials and cremations can take place in the stunning Ceremonial Building where loved ones can take in the panoramic views of the woodland beyond.

Coffin choice

We offer a wide range of traditional, eco-friendly and contemporary coffins, as well as a selection of American style caskets.

For more details of our other funeral services please see our funeral services page.


Back to top