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Services at Taunton Crematorium

Arranging a funeral can be daunting as there’s a lot to think about. At Taunton Crematorium every service is unique and we will work with you to personalise your service. This makes sure we capture the personality of your loved one and remember them the way they wanted.

We suggest some topics to think about before speaking to a funeral director. If you wish to visit the Chapel beforehand, please contact a member of the Bereavement Services team and we can arrange an appointment. Our Chapel technician will take you through your options and let you know what to expect on the day of the funeral.


Think about what time of day the service should be. If people are travelling from far away it may be more practical to hold the service nearer the weekend or in the afternoon. Think about close family and friends’ working hours and what time would be easier for most to attend. We also offer weekend services but please check in advance that a member of the team is available. You’ll also need to think about the length of the service. Services are generally booked every 30 minutes from 9am through to as late as 5pm, but time slots can be extended if requested.


Take time to decide on the music you would like for the funeral as this is incredibly personal. It could be your loved one’s favourite song, or one that always makes you think of them. You’ll need to think about the music you’d like for entry into the chapel, perhaps a reflection piece along with any hymns, and music for exit from the chapel as everyone is leaving. The music will also set the tone of the service. You may see this as a time for quiet reflection, or as a time for celebrating the life of your loved one. Remember that the music played will always make you think of them, long after the funeral has taken place. This may help you make your decision. If you’d like hymns, the Crematorium Chapel has a pipe organ if you wish to invite an organist. Hymns can be played with an accompanying choir, which encourages attendees to sing, through our music system, Obitus.

Conducting the service

Finding the right person to conduct the service can be a difficult choice if you do not already have someone in mind. Most funeral directors can make suggestions depending on religion and cultural beliefs. These will be trusted officiants who have worked with both us and the funeral directors before. Some funeral directors also offer this service themselves. A family member or friend is most welcome to officiate the service. You don’t need any training or qualification to do this.

At the end of the service

The Chapel has a voile curtain that can be closed at committal. A set of deep purple curtains can be closed following the final piece of music at the end of the service that will conceal your view of the coffin. It is entirely up to you if you wish to have either of these or at what time. It may be that the curtains are too final and you may not wish to have these, or this may make it easier for you to be able to leave the chapel. Bear in mind your feelings towards both of these options, but you can always change your mind on the day of the service if you wish.

Personalising the service

Only you will know what can be done to truly personalise a service for your loved one. Please speak to your funeral director or the Bereavement Services team at Taunton Crematorium if you have any special requests.

Some additional things to think about:

  • the colour of the lights around the catafalque – the platform where the coffin is held in the Chapel - can be changed to their favourite colour
  • the Chapel screens can display different pictures such as woodlands, candles, football team emblems etc
  • personalised items can be laid out on the altar. We also have easels if you have any framed items to display
  • live music, bagpipers, family members or friends who would like to sing or perform

Whatever you decide to do, your funeral director and the team at Taunton Crematorium are here to help you. We welcome any ideas you may have to remember your loved one and make the day memorable.