Arranging a funeral for a loved one
Ask us for funeral envelopes
Remember a loved one forever. Let the take their place in the skies with the extraordinary men and women of the RAF family.
Funeral collection envelopes are a practical and inspiring alternative to giving flowers at a funeral:.
- Family and friends can donate in memory of a loved one
- They can then either hand the envelopes back to you or send them directly to us
By honouring them and supporting a cause that was special to them, you will help to make sure no member of the RAF family ever feels alone or unsupported.
Advice on arranging a special funeral
If you are planning a funeral for someone who served in the RAF and would like to honour the person’s service as part of the funeral, some advice is listed below:
- A Union Flag can be used as a coffin drape.
- An RAF Association coffin drape may be available through your Area office, please contact them to find out.
- 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, where circumstances allow, will do their best to arrange one.
- A request for a bugler, if available, may be made through your local RAF Association branch or Area office.
- The Royal Air Forces Ensign is only flown at operational stations and is not allowed to be used to drape a coffin.
Special readings and prayers
Help with bereavement
There is never an easy way to deal with the immediate loss of a loved one. The RAF Association has a network of volunteer Welfare Officers who are available to chat when help is needed. We provide a great level of support and we are willing to offer further assistance; however, if you need any specialist help or advice you may want to use the following links: