Arranging a Funeral
A funeral for a member of your family or friend is the most difficult day of your life. Everything your family and friends ever thought about a loved one is expressed on that day.
Whenever someone dies it comes as a great shock, sometimes the death may be expected, but nothing prepares you for the emotional shock of losing someone.
The thought of arranging a funeral is not something any of us would want to do. This together with the distress and emotional upset, leaves the bereaved completely disorientated and unsure of what to do next.
It is for this reason that our funeral directors have been trained to understand and cope with. We will endeavour, under any circumstances to provide the bereaved with full and fair information about all services we can provide and information we can give.
The First Call
The details for each funeral will be discussed with you in full by the funeral director, you will have as much time as possible to ensure the right decisions and choices are made.
Once we receive your final wishes we will contact all necessary churches, clergy, cemeteries / crematoria, etc. and inform you of the final arrangements as soon as possible.
In all aspects of the funeral arrangements our funeral director will point out the procedures and legal requirements as applied to every stage of the funeral.
The funeral director who meets with you initially will be your nominated personal consultant/advisor and will provide impartial advice and guidance to you throughout the whole funeral arrangements.
Registration of Death
You are legally required to register a death. You need to register a death to obtain documents so the the funeral directror can proceed with the arrangements and to handle the legalities of a deceased's estate.
The following people, in order of preference, are elgally required to register the death:
- a relative
- a person present at death
- the occupier of the premises where the death occured (if he/she was aware of the death)
- the person arranging the funeral (this does not relate to the funeral director)
- Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (signed by the deceased's doctor) OR
- HM Coroner's Certificate to enable registration
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- NHS Medical Card
- National Insurance Number
- the person's full name at time of death
- any names previously used, including maiden surname
- the person's date and place of bith (town and county if born in the UK and country if born abroad)
- their last address
- their current/last occupation
- the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving spouse or civil partner
- if they were getting a state pension or any other state benefit
- a certificate for burial or cremation (referred to a the 'Green Form') - this gives permission for the body to be buried/cremated.
- a certificate of registration of death (from BD8) - this is issued for social security purposes if the person was on a state pension or benefits (it is adviseable to read all information contained within this form before completing and returning it - if applicable)
- copies of the certified death certificate are available at any additional cost (currently £4.50 each). These will be need by the executor or adminsitrator when arranging the person's affairs.