The person who died did not want to have a funeral. They did not want to cause any fuss or bother for those left behind. Wanting to respect this decision the family opted for an unattended funeral. This meant, after meeting with the family to determine their wishes, that we collected the person from the rest home or place where they died, brought them back to the funeral home, placed them in a very simple casket, took care of all the legal requirements such as gathering the medical and cremation documentation and permissions, registered the death, and then proceeded with an Unattended Funeral. There was no viewing, no notice placed in the paper, no flowers, no service sheets.
It would be our hope as funeral professionals that this family despite not having a formal funeral service would find an opportunity to do something on their own to mark this life. This could be as simple as gathering at home and sharing memories or going out to dinner as a family or having a memorial service at another time. With an Unattended Funeral, options exist for the family to have viewing, spend time with the casket, or have a memorial service later. In such instances our professional service fee is different to reflect the additional services used.