There are lots of arrangements that need to be made and the thought of planning a funeral can be very overwhelming, especially when you’ve just suffered a bereavement. We are here to help so please contact us as soon as you feel able to so we can help to guide you through each step of arranging a funeral.
1. What do I need to do first?
Following a bereavement you will probably feel unsure of what to do. Below we have outlined about how to register the death and start making the funeral arrangements. Please contact us for more information.
Registering the death
A relative of the deceased usually registers the death and registration in most cases should take place prior to the funeral. If no relative is available then the registration may be completed by any person present at the death, the occupier of the premises where the death took place, or the person who is accepting responsibility for arranging the funeral. It is recommended to arrange an appointment with the Registrar.
Bringing your loved one into our care
You can contact us at any time of the day or night, everyday of the year. We will ask where you would like the deceased to rest before the funeral. This can be either at our chapel of rest or your home.
2. What kind of funeral can I choose ?
The choice between burial and cremation is a very personal one and the decision may be influenced by family tradition, religious believes or the wishes of the person who has passed away.
With a burial you can either have a service at the church or by the graveside. If you have an existing grave we will need the deeds to the grave or some documents relating to the grave, if you do not have either of these we will help you. We can help you arrange the purchase of a new one.
There may be fees for:
- Purchasing a new grave
- Opening or digging the grave
- Removal & replacement of existing memorials
Whatever your choice of funeral the funeral director will make all the necessary arrangements.
If you want to have a cremation we will arrange for the necessary forms to be completed and signed by yourself. The doctor who attended the deceased during their illness will need to sign a Form 4 and a second doctor will have to sign a Form 5 which will either be done at the hospital or arranged by the funeral director. A fee is payable for these and we will pay for this on your behalf.
In the case of a coroners post-mortem the Forms 4 and 5 are not required. Most cremations have a chapel service, but if you prefer you can have a service in church first and then follow on to the crematorium.
3. What do I need to organise for the day of the funeral?
We have outlined below a few things that you need to think about and organise to make the funeral extra special. We can advise and help with these so please contact us.
Choosing a coffin or casket
We supply a wide range of coffins and caskets, from the most simple to the truly elaborate, suitable for burial or cremation. We recognise that for some people choosing a coffin may be distressing, but it would be inappropriate for us to make that decision for you. We deal sensitively with this part of arranging the funeral and are on hand to deal with any questions or queries that you may have, to help you make the choice.
Flowers are the perfect way of paying tribute to the deceased and expressing sympathy to the deceased’s friends and family. We can advise and arrange delivery of the flowers in either standard or bespoke designs.
Orders of Service
You may wish to produce a printed booklet or leaflet detailing the order of service. This can also include a few words about the deceased and photograph of them or an image of something of significance to them. We can design and print personalised orders of service on your behalf.
Below is a quick reference of all of the important items involved in funeral planning.