Making the Arrangements
When thinking about funeral arrangements you need to decide what type of funeral you want for your loved one, whether religious, secular, a celebration of life, or a quiet goodbye, if you wish for them to be cremated or buried and in each case where you would like the service to take place. This can take place at the crematorium chapel, your own local church or a different location.
Our service starts the moment you contact us, whether by phone or calling personally into our office. The arrangements themselves can take place at our premises or at the home of the deceased or a member of the family. We will discuss all aspects of the arrangements, and advise on the costs and charges to be made, culminating in a full written estimate.
We will convey the deceased to our chapel of rest as soon as the doctors have given permission. This can be carried out at any time, day or night.
We have a selection of coffins from which to choose, from oak or mahogany veneer to solid oak, bamboo or wicker.
A hearse will be provided which conveys the coffin and bearers and we also have a limousine, which seats six people. In most cases the bearers will carry the coffin on their shoulders as we believe this is a mark of respect to the deceased and reflects our past traditions. We can arrange for a minister to officiate at the service, any music, floral tributes, catering, orders of service and other items can also be arranged.
The Department for Work and Pensions may be able to help with the costs, if applicable. If the deceased person had made a Will it is important to consult with the Solicitor holding such a document, to ascertain what may be required with regards to arrangements for the funeral. The Will also discloses the names of the executors or the persons legally entitled to deal with the deceased’s estate.