M Coghlan FAQ


Where do the Doctors Forms come from?

The GP or Doctor at the hospital will produce a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death which is sent electronically to the Registrar. A Medical Form 4, necessary for cremation, is completed by the same doctor and discussed with the Medical Examiner before being sent electronically to us, or collected directly from the Hospital.

How is the death registered?

Each death must be registered in the District where death occurred. This is face-to-face, and any necessary forms for cremation or burial will be electronically sent to us. For deaths in Q.A. Hospital the local Registration District is Portsmouth.

Can the family provide their own bearers?

Yes, they can but a full team must be provided, so either 4 or 6 as required.

Can the deceased be taken home beforehand?

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

Can we choose any music?

Music can be played at all local crematoria or cemetery chapels, however churches are more regulated and any choices would need to be cleared with the Incumbent or Vicar for approval. We can provide the means for playing music, if required. At local crematoria, they use the Obitus or Wesley System and there is a vast library of tunes from which to choose. They can also access anything that is available ‘commercially’.

Can we have pictures shown at the service?

Visual Life Tributes can be produced by us, or we can arrange a Professional Tribute through the Obitus Media Group, to be shown at the service. These can also have music attached. A fixed picture can also be shown.

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.

Can we have 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 venue, and also allow donations to be made directly, which may then be gift-aided. Donations can also be handed in directly through our offices or on the day, to the Funeral Director.

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.

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 or elsewhere, such as a favourite spot – permission should be sought.

Where can I place a memorial?

Memorials can be placed on a grave following a burial once the ground has settled (usually 6 -12 months). A stone tablet can be placed on a grave after an interment of Cremated Remains immediately.

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 and/or webcast live. The link for this, via email can be shared amongst family members, especially those living abroad who are unable to be present.


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)

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