Arranging A Funeral
CARE OF YOUR LOVED ONE
We will liaise with the hospital or mortuary where your loved one is currently lying and arrange transfer into our care. They will be brought to our chapel of rest and, when the coffin you have chosen is prepared, we will dress them in your chosen clothes or a funeral gown and lay them in their coffin.
A FINAL FAREWELL
You may want to view your loved one at our private chapel of rest and you are welcome to do this by appointment.
Small personal effects such as photographs, letters or a flower can be placed in the coffin, but due to stringent regulations governing cremation other items may be refused. To avoid distress please seek advice from your funeral director.
Alternatively, you may wish to hold the memory of your loved one as they were in life. Whatever your decision, we will care for the deceased whilst in our charge.
PREPARING THE FUNERAL SERVICE
At your request we will arrange for a minister or other officiate to contact you to discuss the nature and content of the funeral service. To assist in preparing for this meeting you may wish to consider:-
What music would you like played?
Do you wish to sing hymns during the service?
Are there any special prayers you want said?
Is a eulogy to be delivered? If so, by whom?
Does anyone wish to pay his or her own personal tribute or deliver a reading during the service?
Your officiate will discuss these and other matters with you.
ORDERS OF SERVICE
You may wish to prepare an order of service or some other tribute in memory of the deceased. We can arrange printing and collection on your behalf. We can also advise on the wording and placement of an obituary notice in local or national newspapers.
FLOWERS OR DONATIONS
Floral tributes should be delivered to our funeral home on the day of the funeral. Your chosen florist will liaise with our staff to ensure they arrive in good time.
You may wish to invite donations to a specific charity rather than floral tributes.
On your behalf we will accept such donations made payable to the named charity and dispatch them to their registered office. We will also inform you of the total amount raised and the names of the individual donors.
CELEBRATING A LIFE
The funeral of your loved one is a very personal occasion and can be marked in numerous ways.
You may ask those attending to wear particular coloured clothes, or you can mark the event by the release of doves or the distribution of flowers or balloons. Please ask your funeral director for assistance or advice.
A FINAL REST
Following a cremation service the ashes can be scattered in the garden of remembrance or collected by us on your behalf.
Ashes can be scattered or interned at other cemeteries or favourite locations, or we can supply an ornamental urn for their retention.