FUNERALS & PET FUNERALS


"I'd like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I'd like to leave an after glow      
of smiles when life is done.
I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I'd like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories that I leave when life is done" 


GAY FUNERALS & MEMORIAL SERVICES IN SPAIN

Humanist  Funerals & Memorial Services for GLBTs  in Spain acknowledge loss and celebrate a life without using religious rituals.   They offer a dignified alternative to the traditional Funeral ceremony and are made memorable by being  personally designed to each individual situation, with the wishes of the family & loved ones taken fully into  account.

The  Funeral services may be conducted at certain Crematoria in the Alicante & Valencia Regions, or other parts of Spain, and in other authorised burial grounds. 


Memorial ceremonies are very popular with the gay community, and may also include ashes being scattered, tree planting, children handing out flowers to guests, or any other ideas, which can be conducted at many venues or even on a boat. They usually take place some time after the funeral.  In certain circumstances, for example where a body has been donated for medical research,or there is no body,  a Memorial ceremony may be held instead of  a Funeral.

Each ceremony will be conducted following a  meeting with the family where every thought will be given to the appropriate content of the service.
Friends & family are encouraged to join in  a service by contributing poems, readings or thoughts, and even photographs of the deceased. 


 Assistance can be given regarding the choice of the flowers, the readings and the music. A guitarist is available for Spanish or other classical and light pop or a hire PA system to play your iPod or CDS. Candles can be lit if required, also a multi balloon release ( which are biodegradable with ribbons), can be arranged to finalise the service outside. 


The balloon release signifies a letting go of grief and sending messages of love to the one who is no longer with us. 



A personal Funeral and the  celebration of the life of the deceased,  or Memorial service, can be a fitting tribute to the one who has passed away by talking about  their life and achievements.  It will also  provide comfort to those who are bereaved. A personal service can be a comfort and consolation and help with the grieving process.

PRE- PLANNING FUNERALS
Whilst its often viewed as something we do not like  to think about, there is a growing trend to plan and write your own funeral at any age. This makes sure that your family do not have the worry of getting it right for you, you have exactly the 'send off' you want,  and makes it a lot easier for them at a difficult time. 

Assistance can be given to anyone who wishes to do this - and a printed copy of your instructions may be lodged with your lawyer, a close family member or other suitable person.  


PRE - PAYING FOR FUNERALS & FUNERAL PLANS
Funerals can be costly- we can offer complete packages to make sure all is taken care of including a Humanist Ceremony.
Advice is  offered to those who wish to pre- pay for their funeral over a period of time, thus relieving any family or close friends of the burden of a sudden large payment which may be difficult at the time. 
Why not just take out insurance? People are often tempted to choose
an insurance policy rather than a Funeral Plan. There are a number of compelling
reasons why a Funeral Plan is a more sensible option.

With an insurance policy, you keep paying until you die - which means thatyou might pay considerably more in premiums than the funeral actually costs!
With our recommended Funeral Plan, you pay a fixed cost.
 

With an insurance policy you generally need a health check. There are  no medicals or health questionnaires our Funeral Plan.
Generally, you can only get insurance up to a certain age, and you’ll pay a very high premium, too, if you begin the policy at a late age. There are no age restrictions with thsi scheme and the  price is fixed whatever your age.
 

 There is no guarantee that an insurance policy will actually cover the cost of your funeral when you die. With one of our plans, your funeral is 100% guaranteed to be fully paid for, regardless of any changes in the price over time.
 With an insurance policy there is no guarantee that the funds will actually be
used to pay for your funeral when the  time comes.
There are no refunds if you cancel your insurance policy.
 

 Most important of all, perhaps, an insurance policy does nothing to protect your friends and family from the immense stress of having to organise a funeral in a foreign country, with the
language barrier, local red tape and regulations (such as Spanish  burial within 24 hours) to contend with.
An insurance policy does not provide  you with an emergency 24 hour helpline service.
..or a savings plan?
 


Funeral costs in Europe have risen dramatically in recent years and look set to continue on the same path. When you put your money in a savings plan or building society, there are no
guarantees that your investment will increase sufficiently to pay for your funeral when the day comes. Take out a plan we recommend, however, and, not only do you pay today’s prices, you’re guaranteed the funeral you want, no matter how prices rise in the future, regardless of how long you live. 

Contact us for details.  
 


PET FUNERALS 
"I lost a treasured friend today
The little cat who used to lay
Her gentle head upon my knee
And share her silent thoughts with me.
She'll come no longer to my call,
Retrieve no more her favourite bell
A voice far greater than my own
Has called her to a golden throne.
 And though my eyes are filled with tears,
I thank her for the happy years
                                                      She spent here with me, 

                                                      And for her love and loyalty."
 
The death of a beloved pet affects the family in a way which is shared almost universally as they have become part of our every day life, our friends, and we love them dearly.

Both adults and  children find comfort in the enacting of a rituals together, and therefore pet funerals are as common as they are healthy.

Non religious pet funerals in Spain may be held anywhere ( with the relevant permission) or in your own Home. Services may be held for large or  small animals, even rodents or fish. 

COSTS

FUNERALS - Varied depending on the circumstances, visits required, location  etc .
MEMORIAL SERVICES - individually priced depending on the requirements.
PET FUNERALS - from 50 E  depending on the circumstances

Assistance may be given for other aspects of your Funeral or Memorial Service  and this may incur an  extra cost or expenses depending on the amount of work required.  

Discounts may be given- please contact to discuss as the aim is to assist everyone receive the service they need.