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If the deceased was an active and well known member of a Church or other place of worship then it is usual to hold the ceremony at that place. The cremation or burial can then take place afterwards with or without witnesses, or if preferred, the ceremony can be arranged as a memorial service following a private committal.
Locally, both Bournemouth and Poole crematoria have chapels suitable for religious or non-religious services for about 100 seated mourners. Bournemouth Crematorium also has a smaller chapel which is more ideal when only up to 30 mourners are expected. For a greater number of mourners than 120, it might be more prudent to consider having the funeral ceremony at a larger location, such as a church or hall - obviously dependant on whether the service is to be religious or not. Only at Bournemouth Crematorium there is the option of hiring the outside speakers when numbers necessitate mourners to stand outside the chapel exit.
The time allocated for a service at either Bournemouth or Poole crematoria is a maximum of 20 minutes, therefore if a large congregation or a longer service time is required, then a double time needs to be booked.
Most cemeteries have a chapel where a service can be held, but a check needs to be made as to its capacity and what facilities are available. If no suitable chapel exists then maybe the service venue can be at a local church, hall or function room or even at the deceased's home. Alternatively, a service can be held at the graveside.