Where do the Doctors Forms come from?

The GP or Doctor at the hospital will produce a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death which the family must take to the Registrar. Other Medical Forms, necessary for cremation, are also completed along with a further Confirmatory Certificate by an independent doctor not connected to the deceased.

During the Pandemic the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death will be sent electronically to the appropriate Registrar. At present only Form 4 (first Part) of the cremation form is necessary and all these are being done electronically due to a change in law (The Coronavirus Act 2020).

How is the death registered?

Each death must be registered in the District where the deceased died.

At present, all Registration is being carried out over the phone.

Can the family provide their own bearers?

Yes, they can but a full set must be provided (so there is no mixing) – so either 4 or 6 as required. Discuss with your funeral director for advice.

Can the deceased be taken home beforehand?

Yes, in certain circumstances this can be arranged. Please ask your funeral director for advice.

Not at the present time due to Social Distancing.

Can we choose any music?

Any chosen music can be played at local crematoria or cemetery chapels. Most local crematoria use a music system.

Churches are now open for funerals but with no singing of hymns, and limited numbers depending on the size of each venue. Most crematoria have a Webcast service whereby the ceremony can be broadcast live to those unable to attend, with a downloadable link available afterwards.

Can we have pictures shown at the service?

Visual life tributes can be produced by us or we can arrange for a tribute of pictures to be shown at the service. These can also have music attached. A fixed picture can also be shown of your choice.

Can we view the deceased beforehand?

Yes, most deceased can be viewed in one of our Chapels of Rest, depending on the circumstances of the death. Please check with the funeral director beforehand.

Not if the deceased died of a Covid 19 related illness

Can we have a donations to a charity?

Donations can be sent to a charity – an online memorial page will be set up for each deceased person and this will include details of the funeral, and also allow donations to be made directly, which may then be gift-aided. Donations can also be handed in directly on the day or made over the phone by Card.

What happens to the coffin after the Service?

The coffin remains on the catafalque until all the people have left the chapel. It is then moved to the cremator and each person is cremated independently. The remains are kept separate and identified throughout the process.

At present no-one is to touch the coffin once it is placed on the catafalque at the crematorium.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

These can be scattered in the crematorium gardens, interred in a plot at a cemetery or churchyard. They can also be scattered in a favourite spot. See our website for more details.

Where can I place a memorial?

A memorial can be placed once any ground has settled (usually 6 -12 months for a full burial). After an interment of cremated remains a tablet can be placed on the same day or soon after.

Can I put a notice in the paper?

We can put a death notice in a newspaper of your choice, including details of the funeral and any instructions regarding flowers or donations to a charity.

How can people away be part of the funeral service?

Most crematoria now have a facility whereby the service can be recorded, or webcast live to an email. This link can then be shared amongst family members, especially those living abroad who are unable to be present.

Contact Us


Westbury Road Fareham,
Hampshire, PO16 7XU
(Parking Available)

Phone: 01329 282711
Email: funerals@coghlan.net

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 - 17:00

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
(24 Hours Support)


129 Forton Road, Gosport,
Hampshire, PO12 4TQ
(Parking Available)

Phone: 023 9258 0074
Email: gosport@coghlan.net

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
9:00 - 17:00

Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
(24 Hours Support)