Personalising the funeral
Many of our families these days want to have a funeral that is personalised and reflects the character of the person that has passed away, that is why we are always on hand to offer guidance on the many ways we can make the funeral unique to the person that has died.
The obituary notice is an opportunity not only to publicly announce the death and funeral details, but can also be used to pay tribute to the deceased. Additionally, details of where any donations or flowers can be sent may be included. An obituary notice can normally be placed in a local or national newspaper.
Many people ask for specific pieces of music to be played during the service. This is an opportunity to add a personal touch. The music chosen can usually be anything from traditional organ music to something more contemporary, just let us know what you would like and we will do our upmost to meet your requirements.
Carrying the coffin
As part of our service we will provide bearers on the day of the funeral, alternatively family, friends or colleagues may wish to act as bearers.
Many people choose to have an order of service printed for the funeral. We will be happy to advise on layout and content and have these produced for you. To give you an idea of some of the choices available we have produced a book called “Funeral Stationery”, click here to view.
Dressing the deceased
It may be your wish that the deceased be dressed in their own clothing and this is normally acceptable. However in some circumstances, particularly where cremation will take place, we are bound to comply with regulations, which restrict certain materials. We can supply a wide range of gowns which are acceptable to the relevant authorities.
Visiting the deceased
The decision of whether to visit the deceased is a personal one. We cannot advise you about your preference, but many people take comfort from seeing the deceased at rest. Private remembrance rooms are available at our funeral homes or you may wish to have the deceased at home.
Paying for the funeral
We always provide a fully itemised written estimate at the time of making the funeral arrangements. We respectfully request payment of the disbursements 48 hours after making the funeral arrangements. An invoice will be sent out 7 days after the funeral has taken place.
Meeting the cost
If you think you cannot meet the cost of the funeral, you should discuss this with us at the time of making the arrangements. We have information on who may be eligible for help with the funeral costs from The Department of Social Security (DWP).