F A Albin & Sons’ funeral parlours have organised funerals for persons of a wide variety of faiths and cultures all across Bromley. Whether you are seeking a traditional Christian funeral or a Humanist service, we can cater for you. Below our funeral directors have briefly described some of the types of funerals that are performed in the UK and across the world.
If you have very specific requirements you need met, do not hesitate to contact one of our funeral homes in the South London and Kent areas. Many are easily reachable from Bromley by both car and public transport.
Baha’i Funerals – Funerals among followers of the Prophet Baha’u’llah, who founded the Baha’i faith in the mid-nineteenth century, wrap the deceased’s body in white silk. Funeral directors ensure the burial must take place somewhere no more than one hour’s journey from the deceased’s place of death. Cremation is strictly forbidden. An ornate ring is placed on the deceased’s finger and they are buried in a coffin made of crystal, stone or high quality hard wood.
Buddhist Funerals – When a Buddhist passes on, a monk or nun is informed, who then prepares all appropriate rituals. As Buddhists consider the body a shell, cremation often takes place. The cremation ceremony itself usually takes place three to seven days after the deceased’s passing.
Christian Funerals – Christian services differ by denomination and personal preference. Our funeral parlours in Bromley have organised a variety of Christian ceremonies, some cumulating in cremation and some in burial. Most are organised by funeral homes and take place in the chapel of a cemetery or crematorium or at a local church, usually four to ten days following death. It is typical for attendees to wear black to the service, although we have organised funerals around Bromley where the deceased has requested that family and friends not feel obliged to do so.
Hindu Funerals – After a Hindu passes their body is ritually washed by their family. Adults are cremated, but often young children or infants are buried. Ashes are scattered in a flowing river, with the River of the Ganges the optimal location for this part of the ceremony, as it has religious significance. Holy scriptures are read for several days following the death, and mourners wear white, grieving for 10 to 13 days after the cremation itself. Families stay indoors during this period, and friends of the family visit to offer condolences.
Islamic Funerals – Following the death of a Muslim, their body is placed facing the holy city of Makkah and is washed by family members or friends. It is then wrapped in simple white shrouds, and buried in the Muslim section of a cemetery. Cremations are forbidden. A Muslim funeral is a simple and respectful ceremony, and hysterical mourning is strongly discouraged. Funeral parlours / funeral homes ensure the deceased is buried facing Makkah, which is South East from the UK.
Jewish Funerals – There are a variety of Jewish sects represented in Bromley and the wider world, from Orthodox to non-practising, Conservative to Liberal. Jewish persons are usually buried within 24 hours of passing, but this can be delayed due to the Sabbath. Chevra Kadishas, which are comparable to funeral homes, prepare bodies for burial and assist in organising the burial ceremony. The burial ceremony itself is usually simple and bodies are not embalmed, as Jews believe the soul ascends to heaven as the body decays. Following the funeral, there is a seven day period of mourning that applies to the seven closest members of the deceased’s family. Many rules apply during this period, including a ban on haircuts, leather shoes and beauty products.
Sikh Funerals – After a Sikh passes on, their family and friends chant “Waheguru”, which translates to “Wonderful Lord”, and wash their body. Cremation takes place after a period in which the deceased’s body is put on display at their family home. Custom dictates that only male relatives, preferably the eldest son, be the last to touch the deceased. This has translated to many family members in the Bromley area pressing the button to send the coffin down to the furnace in modern crematoria. After the cremation, ashes are scattered in the nearest running river. The deceased’s family and friends will then read the Guru Granth Sahib, a holy text, over a mourning period of roughly 10 days.
Humanist Funerals – Our funeral directors have organised a number of Humanist funerals around the Bromley area. Humanists do not believe in a God or any other supernatural entity. Instead, they look to make sense of the world and live moral lives through reason, experience and shared values founded on happiness and human welfare. Humanism is a naturalistic view which encompasses both agnosticism and atheism, but also looks to reconcile individual rights and freedoms with social cooperation and mutual respect. Ultimately, they aim to better the world so that human quality of life can improve. Funeral homes / funeral parlours will often conduct celebrant funerals for Humanists, which have no religious content and instead focus on the achievements of the deceased. Poetry, prose and non-religious music will often be employed over hymns and prayer readings.
Whatever your faith, if you require the services of one of our funeral parlours in or around the Bromley area, then call one of funeral homes in South London and Kent.