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Sharon Hunter - September 2021

Myth: Funerals should be held inside a church or funeral home

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The law allows you to hold a funeral service almost anywhere.

In your own home or Grandma’s garden. At the beach or local football club. In a forest or a cave. In your local pub. You might even consider an art gallery, or a community hall. Check out the Great Goodbyes marketplace for a wide selection of wonderful venues.

For some, a church, temple, or other religious site will be essential. Whether quaint and humble, or grand and magnificent, such places can offer the kind of connection that suits your Great Goodbye.

You can hold the formal service and the after event at one venue. Unless it’s a public place, you don’t require a licence. Just choose a location that resonates, then make a request.

If being held to a fixed time is likely to diminish your Great Goodbye, look for a venue that will give you the time you need. That might be harder to do in a funeral home or church, but you can make time for people to gather and share memories afterwards at the wake.

"The law allows you to hold a funeral service almost anywhere."

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