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Can I start making the arrangements before the death is registered?

It is possible to start making the arrangements for a funeral before the death has been registered, but it is often advisable for this to be done before any details are confirmed. Our advice to all would be to contact one of our qualified funeral directors at the first opportunity to gain their specific advice for your situation.

How soon can the funeral take place?

It is best to allow between 7 to 10 days, however in particular circumstances the funeral can take place within 24 hours of the death. We will, of course, ensure that the date and time of the funeral is convenient for the family.

How many copies of the death certificate will I need?

The Registrar will issue you with one copy. You will need another 4-5 copies to be able to send to the bank, solicitors etc. They cost approx. £5 each. Prices subject to change.

Does the service have to be a religious one?

Not all funerals in the UK follow traditional religious practices and we work closely with a network of Civil Celebrants and are happy to advise on who may be best suited to your specific requirements. The service may include poetry, music and an appreciation of the deceased’s life.

Can family members be bearers?

We are happy to arrange this and would give a short briefing to ensure that all are prepared and we will be on hand to help at all times when the coffin is being carried.

Can I bring in clothing for the deceased to be dressed in?

Yes you can, alternatively we can dress the deceased in one of our gowns.

Should I choose Burial or Cremation

In the UK about 75% of funerals involve cremation. Cremation is generally cheaper. Cremated remains can be scattered in the Garden of Remembrance at the crematorium or in a significant location for the family, buried loose or in an urn or casket in a grave or taken away by the family.

Can I put personal items in the coffin?

Yes, you can put personal items in the coffin, other than any metal and glass items if the body is being cremated.