Usually funerals are “traditional”. This means that they follow the established rites of a particular religion, generally including a service led by a recognised religious minister at an established place of worship (or on occasion, the funeral home), followed by burial or cremation.

Increasingly there are more “contemporary” funerals, which often retain an element of religion, whether it be a hymn, a prayer, or the services of a minister of religion. However there is a degree of personalisation and celebration of an individual’s life, which is often expressed through music, words, flowers, or simply coffin decoration.