A religious funeral service is held usually in a church or chapel, usually by an ordained priest or vicar, suitably attired mourners, hymns, eulogy and committal before interment in the churchyard or the family driven with the coffin to a crematorium. The ritual has changed little over the centuries. Similar can be said for a Catholic ceremony, but with very little or no eulogy and it can include a requiem mass service.
These are the local churches to Whitstable
All Saints Church Whitstable
Saint Alphege Church
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Whitstable Baptist Church
St Alphege Seasalter
Hamilton Road Evangelical Church
Riverside Church Whitstable
Harbour Street Christian Fellowship
Swalecliffe Free Church – Baptist
Cremation, accounts for more funerals than burial, some 70% of all ceremonies. More often than not, the ceremony takes place in a chapel or room in the crematorium building, though sometimes the body is taken from a church (RC or C of E) after the funeral for the committal and cremation.
These are the local crematoriums to Whitstable & Canterbury (miles from Whitstable)
Barham 22 miles www.barham-crematorium.co.uk/
Bobbing 24 miles www.thelondoncremation.co.uk/the-garden-of-england-crematorium/
Vinters Park 26 miles www.maidstone.gov.uk/residents/burials-and-cremations/cremations
Medway 28 miles www.medway.gov.uk/birthsceremoniesanddeaths/deaths/medwaycrematorium.aspx
Charing 31 miles http://www.charing-crematorium.co.uk/
Green and Woodland service
So many people are aware that they wish to be kinder to the planet even after they have died that they would like to ensure that the service they receive in saying goodbye is more appropriate to their beliefs and environment. Here you will be able to see how that can be conducted.
The dramatic rise of environmental awareness over the past few decades has led to the rise in interest in
eco-friendly funerals. With emission and phosphate concerns and the fact that cemeteries are fast running out of space, consideration is being given to woodland and meadow burials. This service can be carried out in a hall, home or at the graveside.
These are green and natural burial sites to Whitstable & Canterbury (miles from Whitstable)
Whitstable, Canterbury & Herne Bay only offer a “green” area within their cemetery’s known as “Woodland” areas. The only natural burial site is at Deerton. The link below will allow you view the site and what Deerton offers.
People sometimes also like to move away from using a Traditional Hearse. We do have another vehicle, which are suitable, like open back vans & horses drawn hearses. Please go to “Our Vehicles” to see pictures.
Whitstable 2 miles www.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/cemeteries/cemeteries/
Canterbury 18 miles www.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/cemeteries/cemeteries/
Herne Bay 9 miles www.canterbury.gov.uk/your-community/cemeteries/cemeteries/
Deerton 24 miles http://kentnaturalburials.co.uk/