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Information

When arranging a funeral, there are many details to consider. At such a stressful time, our staff will guide you through making the decisions you need to make. However, you may come to us already knowing exactly what you want us to arrange for you. The information below may help in arriving at those decisions.

Bereavement

We know that a death can be traumatising to family, friends and colleagues of the deceased. Many people are able to move on with their lives, but some find it difficult to resolve their feelings. Our counselling expert, Lydia has been dealing with the bereaved for many years and provides counselling and therapy to individuals and families. Read more about grief counselling...

How and when to contact us

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Our service to you starts from the moment you contact us, whether by phone, email or by calling personally, through to and beyond the point when the deceased is finally laid to rest.

For emergencies, we offer a 24hour phone line. Read more about how and when to contact us...

Registering a death in England & Wales

Following a death in England and Wales, a relative or executor will normally be required to register the death. In most cases a GP or hospital doctor can issue a Medical Certificate of the cause of death which will then allow the death to be registered by the Registrar of Births and Deaths. If a doctor cannot give a proper certificate, the death occurred during an operation or was due to an industrial disease, violence or was in some other way unnatural or suspicious then the Registrar, police or doctor will report the death to the Coroner. Read more about registering a death...

Burial or cremation?

When planning a funeral one of the biggest choices that needs to be made is whether to have a burial or a cremation. For some people the choice is guided by their religious beliefs, but for most it is a personal preference that determines the choice. Below is some information regarding burials and cremations to help you make your decision. Further down the page is some information about the local crematoria and cemeteries and below that information about what you can do with the cremated remains if you chose a cremation. Read more about burials and cremations...

Religious or not?

Many people find their faith to be a source of comfort and support during a time of loss. We are aware that within the communities we serve there are many different groups of faiths and beliefs, and it is for this reason that we do everything we can to accommodate the needs of people in those groups. We will always do our best to advise on the legality and practicality of any particular rite associated with a religious funeral. The local authorities are also fully aware of the needs of the different religious groups locally, and will cooperate in any way they can to facilitate the necessary rites. However, there are many who choose not to pursue a particular faith, and we are equally well placed to advise on the options available to them. Read more about religious and non-religious funerals...

Green funerals

Willow Coffin These days we are all increasingly aware of the impact that our lives have on the environment around us.

We believe that what we do today should leave a lasting legacy for future generations, and that legacy should be a clean and beautiful environment. Read more about green funerals...

Music at funerals

Music will play some part in most services, whether it be sung hymns or simply a piece of recorded music which the family or deceased has chosen. We are able to advise on appropriate music and acceptable formats for any funeral service venue when you make your arrangements. Read more about funeral music...

Floral tributes

Many people choose to send floral tributes to a funeral in memory of the deceased, and most times the next-of kin will wish for some flowers to be placed on top of the coffin. Floral tributes come in many forms, from the simplest single flower right up to words such as "Father" or "Mother" being spelled out on frames. When ordering flowers from the florist, there are a number of things to consider. Read more about floral tributes...

After the funeral

After the funeral service is completed there will be time, either on the floral terrace outside the crematorium or at the graveside, to view any floral tributes that have accompanied the funeral and to speak with people attending the funeral. You may wish however to retire to another venue following the funeral in order to catch-up with people. Places such as pubs, restaurants and other venues with function rooms are all happy to accommodate funeral groups and will normally cater if required. Read more about funeral receptions...

Frequently asked questions

A selection of the questions we are asked most often, along with the answers. Read our frequently asked questions...

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