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Funeral arrangements

Making decisions on what to include in a funeral service can be difficult, so we have made some suggestions about how you can acknowledge the RAF and collect donations below.

Special readings and prayers

If you'd like to include a reading, poem or prayer associated with the RAF, please download our free PDF for some suggestions. Please feel free to copy and paste your selections into the order of service.

I wish to download a service sheet (PDF 125kB)

Set up a Tribute Fund

A Tribute Fund lets you share pictures and stories about your loved one as well as funeral information and providing an opportunity to collect donations. This is a very useful way to collect donations just now when funeral numbers are limited. It also acts as a permanent memorial to your loved one which you can re-visit in the future.

Organise a Collection

Collections cannot take place in the usual way at the moment, but if you would still like to request a few collection envelopes for a funeral or memorial service please get in touch and we can supply the collection envelopes you need. 

The funeral director may also offer to organise the collection on your behalf. Another useful option, particularly at the moment, is to print our web address – www.rafbf.org/donate – on the order of service. Family and friends can donate online and mention your loved one when making the donation. We are then able to track all donations in your loved one’s name. We would recommend you contact us beforehand if you would like to track these donations.

Honouring their service

Funeral

If you are planning a funeral for someone who served in the RAF and you would like to honour their service in the ceremony, here's a few things you should know:

  • The Royal Air Force Ensign is only flown at an operational station and is not allowed to be used to drape a coffin. You can, however, use a Union Flag as a coffin drape.
  • The RAF Badge symbol is only to be used on a headstone for serving personnel where the government is responsible for the maintenance of the stone.
  • We are unable to provide a guard of honour. However, a request can be made by the family for a Royal Air Force representative through their local station Warrant Officer who will do their best to arrange one where circumstances allow.

Help with bereavement

There's never an easy way to deal with the loss of a loved one. If you need any specialist help or advice, you may find the following links useful:

Need more information?

If you have any further questions, please contact Kate Galbraith on 0333 355 1081 or kate.galbraith@rafbf.org.uk .

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