Planning the funeral

Beautiful ceremony, worthy farewell

The next of kin are responsible for making decisions about the funeral.

In some cases, the deceased may have expressed special wishes for the funeral, which should, of course, be respected. It is important to see if the deceased has left a written statement with wishes for their funeral.

Burial will normally be held within ten working days after the death. With cremation, the ashes are usually buried within a few weeks of the funeral, and no later than six months after death.

The ceremony

The ceremony can be held in a church, or other faith’s, community premises, in the cemetery chapel, crematorium chapel, or in another suitable location.

You may wish to have the person leading the ceremony tell about the deceased’s life in a personalized eulogy. Before the ceremony, you and other survivors can make a shortlist of key points that you would like to convey and events in the deceased’s life. This will make the ceremony more personal. Any additional speeches should be relatively short and addressed to the family.

Hviding funeral home can assist you with the finding a time and place for the ceremony, and informing all the participants.

The relatives generally should meet 30 minutes before the ceremony begins. At most locations, it is common that the next of kin and their family sit in the front left. If anyone would like to contribute a wreath, or make a speech during the ceremony, this should be arranged in advance with the funeral home and the ceremony leader.

    Practical questions

    Practical questions that must be clarified in connection with the funeral. Religious or civic funeral? Casket or cremation? Advertising the funeral or keeping things private?

    Hymns and music

    We have some suggestions for hymns and music. Do you want instrumental, solo songs or hymns? If you are unsure, we have extensive experience and can help you choose.

    Suggestions for songbooks

    The program is central during the funeral - and most guests take this with them after the funeral. See suggestions for setting up different program booklets for the funeral.

    Choosing the type of ceremony

    Many people want a church ceremony, led by a priest. We also offer human-ethical ceremonies, Muslim ceremony and other ceremonies. Not everyone is a member of a faith or belief community that one can contact when a death occurs. We have experience with this, and we often assist in planning "custom ceremonies".

    Choosing a headstone

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    Hviding Begravelsesbyrå (funeral home) has branches in Stavanger and Tau

    We organize funerals and burials in municipalities including: Stavanger, Sandnes, Sola, Randaberg, Kvitsøy, Klepp, Time, Gjesdal, Rennesøy, Finnøy, Strand, Hjelmeland, and Forsand.