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Funeral planning

We are often asked for advice on an appropriate hymn, prayer or poem for use at a funeral service as well as details for flags and representatives.

Planning a funeral

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

  • The Royal Air Forces Ensign is only flown at an operational station and is not allowed to be used to drape a coffin. However, a Union Flag can be used 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.

Special readings and prayers

There are a number of readings, poems and prayers that are associated with the RAF. Download our PDF that has some of the most recognised and requested readings, hymns and prayers.

Please feel free to copy and paste these into the order of service. If you would like details on any other readings, poems or prayers, please feel free to contact Kelly Baldwin on 020 7307 3444
or kelly.baldwin@rafbf.org.uk.

Help with bereavement

There is 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.

0800 169 2942

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