Types of Funeral

Whatever type of funeral you choose, you can be sure that we’ll help make it a respectful occasion, tailored to honour the life of the person who has died and comfort their loved ones.

What type of funeral?

When planning a funeral, one of the first decisions you make will probably be whether to opt for burial or cremation. You might find yourself leaning towards one over the other, in which case your decision might be easier. However, if you aren’t sure which funeral type is best for you and your loved ones, it’s worth researching the options.

Here we’ve given a quick overview of burial and cremation, and their variations, so you can get a better idea of what to expect.


The most common funeral type in the UK, cremation is a respectful and comforting farewell.

Direct cremation

A dignified, simple cremation that doesn’t involve a ceremony or any of the expected accompaniments.


Many people prefer the ceremony and solemnity of a traditional burial for their final goodbye.

Green and natural burial

Ideal for people who lived an eco-conscious life, natural and green burials embrace returning to the earth.

Planning the service

We’ve created a guide to the most important aspects of planning a service that you might need to consider, from venues and officiants to flowers, funeral transport and catering, and more.

Funeral prices – how much will the funeral cost?

The cost of a funeral varies, depending on the type of funeral and the different aspects of the service you choose. When we discuss the arrangements with you, we’ll provide you with an itemised estimate and explain each cost. All our prices are transparent, with no hidden extras or fees.

Our price list can be downloaded and we are happy to go through the costs with you.

Supporting you

We know this very likely to be a difficult time for you, so we’ve found different ways to support you through it.

Bereavement support

Grief is a natural reaction to loss and affects everyone differently. AB Walker understands this and offers aftercare support for those experiencing the loss of a loved one.

Support with practical matters

From house clearance to informing organisations that a loved one has died, we’ve shared information and contacts of businesses to help you.

Find your nearest branch

Local branches in Bracknell, Caversham, Henley-on-Thames, Maidenhead, Reading, Thatcham, Tilehurst, Wokingham and Woodley.

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