Arranging a Funeral
Arranging a funeral can feel like a daunting task especially given the emotional stress many people are under when a loved one dies. We’re here to help you from the moment you need us through every step of the way.
What to do when someone dies?
Registering a death
In most cases you will need to register the death prior to the funeral and it is best to visit the register office in the area in which the person died. This will help avoid delays getting the necessary documents.
To register the death you need to have a simple interview with the registrar at the register office. You will need to give the registrar:
- The full name of the person who has died
- Their full address
- Their date of birth
- Details of where and when the person died
- Their occupation (if any).
If the person who has died is a married woman, you will need to give her maiden name and her husband’s full name and occupation.
Documents and certification
You will need to give the registrar:
- Certificate of Cause of Death (signed by a doctor).
You should also bring the following documents where applicable:
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificates
- NHS Medical Card.
At the register office the registrar will issue you with:
- A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as a green form), which you should give to your funeral director as soon as possible
- A Certificate of Registration of Death, which you should fill in and send to the social security office for the area where the person died.
What if the coroner is involved?
Under certain circumstances the death must be reported by the doctor, hospital or registrar to the coroner (England and Wales).
This means that there will be a post mortem or inquest and you may have to delay your plans for the funeral.
In this case there will be no Cause of Death Certificate. The death will be registered once the coroner has made a decision. The time this takes will vary.
Making Funeral Arrangements
When you lose a loved one it can be a very difficult time, in contacting us at the earliest opportunity will allow you to share some of the burden with us. Our trained team will guide you through step by step of what happens next.
Once the funeral service has been arranged we will bring your loved one into our care. We will look after your loved one with the upmost care and dignity whilst they remain with us.
Arrangements then can be made to visit your loved one in one of our Chapels of Rest. They choice to visit your loved one is a personal choice, it can bring great comfort to see your loved one at peace before the funeral day.
Depending upon your choice or religion then arrangements can also be made to bath and clothe your loved one. Our facilities will accommodate your every need and one of our trained staff members will be on site to help guide you through this process.
Decisions – burial or cremation
The first choice people usually make is about the type of funeral service that will take place. Whether you choose a burial or a cremation, we’ll be there to make all the arrangements on your behalf.
The decision is a very personal decision and there can be many major factors to consider, religion, family tradition or the wishes of the person who has died.
Coffins and Caskets
We supply a wide range of coffins and caskets, from the most simple to the truly elaborate, suitable for both burial or cremation.
We can help you through the selection process because we understand that this can be a very difficult decision, we also have a wide range that can cater for your budget without compromising quality of craftsmanship.
On the day of the funeral, the hearse will take the coffin to the funeral service. You can also opt to have a Horse Drawn hearse instead of a motorised vehicle. The hearse is usually followed by limousines that carry the chief mourners. We can provide chauffeured limousines to save you worrying about parking, driving and getting to the service on time.
Please let us know if there is a special route you would like the procession to take. We can discuss this with you when you make the arrangements.
Many people choose flowers that were a favourite of the person who has died, which can be another way of making the funeral more personal. There are many types of floral arrangements. If you’d like an idea of the kind of arrangements people tend to choose, we’ve put together a brochure that may help you decide what’s right for you, this is available at our funeral homes.
Some people prefer to have flowers from the family only and choose an organisation for people to donate to instead of buying flowers. It is worth remembering that sending flowers can be a healing gesture for people who have lost someone close. It might be worth giving people the choice of sending flowers or donating money to a charity, or both.
We will collect the cards from the wreaths and bouquets and give them to you later if you want. We can also collect donations for you, and record who they are from.
Music, including hymns, tapes, CDs and live music, often plays an important part in a funeral service. Some churches and places of worship have strict rules on the type of music allowed. If there is an organ, make sure the organist can play the hymns or songs you want.
You may want to think about other ways of making the funeral reflect the life of the person who has died. We will do our best to arrange anything we can for you. Some of the things people choose include horse-drawn hearses and releasing doves at the crematorium or at the grave.
To arrange a funeral please contact us where a friendly member of staff is waiting to help.