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)
If you or a loved one wish to include a charitable collection within the service and would like to support the RAF Benevolent Fund, please contact us today.
You can request the required amount of collection envelopes and ensure that your donation helps another member of our RAF Family.
Set up a funeral tribute website
You can also create a funeral tribute website. This lets you share practical funeral arrangements with your friends and family. People can also donate to an online charity collection, and leave a message of condolence or light a virtual candle.
Honouring their service
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 Matt Smith on 020 7307 3444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.