Planning a Funeral
Planning a funeral can seem daunting. You will find information on this website to help you. Our Funeral Director will also advise and help you throughout this process.
Our bespoke funerals can be either by burial or by cremation. However, our three fixed price options are all cremations. Whatever your choice we will make all the arrangements for you and personalise it to your wishes if applicable.
The deceased may have a funeral plan set up to pay for the funeral. If this is the case you should locate the details and contact the provider. We accept all plans as full or partial payment.
If you wish to arrange a Low Cost Cremation Service please consult our brochure or see our website for details.
The date for a funeral cannot be confirmed until the death has been registered. If a coroner is involved this might delay the funeral.
Remember to check the deceased’s will or other written instructions for special wishes about their funeral or what should happen to their body. (However, the executor doesn’t have to follow the instructions about the funeral left in the will.)
If there are no clear wishes it’s generally up to the executor/administrator or nearest relative to decide whether the deceased is to be cremated or buried.
The only legal requirement in England and Wales regarding funerals is that the death is certified and registered and the body properly disposed of by either burial or cremation.
You’ll need permission from a coroner in the local district before a body can be moved out of England and Wales, including abroad. The rules are complicated but the coroner’s office will be able to provide information. The coroner will need at least four working days before the body is to be moved and will issue a removal notice (form 104), part of which is sent to the Registrar of Births Deaths & Marriages.
We can help you with decisions such as:
- Choosing a Low Cost Direct Cremation or a Traditional Funeral
- Where the deceased should rest before the funeral.
- Time and place of the funeral (this can only be finalised once the death is registered).
- Whether the funeral should be a fixed price or bespoke selection.
- Type of service (religious or otherwise) and who will conduct and contribute to it.
- Whether the committal should be a burial or a cremation.
- The overall budget not to be exceeded.
- Whether to have flowers or instead donate money to a chosen charity.
- Where to donate flowers after the funeral.
- Invitations to the service and reception.
- Notices to be placed in the newspapers.