It is important to check whether the deceased left any instructions within their Will about the funeral. For example, wishes for their body to be used for medical research or organs to be donated for transplantation. If there is no Will, the next of kin should decide, with help and guidance from a funeral director. It is important to check whether the deceased has already made arrangements for their own funeral, or carried out funeral insurance.
If you are considering a headstone most cemeteries will advise to wait for a period of approximately six months before placing it. However, please speak with us as soon as possible to avoid any unnecessary delay after this waiting period.

Following the registration of a death, either a burial or cremation can take place.

The crematorium must receive the relevant certificates up to two days before the cremation is due to take place. The fee for this usually comes as part of the crematorium fee.

Most crematoria incorporate a service in their chapel. You may wish to use this or alternatively, you may hold the service itself in a church or other location. Or you may choose to use the crematorium for committal only.

You may wish to consider music to be played. Commonly, crematoria have moved to modern digital platforms. This would allow most music tracks to be played through their systems, and also allows the facility to record the service (where available).

We will also be able to advise you about the options available in respect of disposal of the deceased’s ashes following cremation.

Simple funeral plans have become more popular in recent years, providing a cheap funeral alternative to families with less money, or who do not want a full funeral service. Contact Us to find out about our current simple funeral plans, and allow us to provide you with an estimate free of charge.

Everyone has a right to be buried in the churchyard of the parish in which they live – assuming that one exists, and that there is space left.

There is normally a fee for digging a grave. In a local authority cemetery there may be a further charge if you wish to purchase the exclusive right of burial. This means that no further burials can take place in that grave without your permission for a term of 50 years. In many areas, you need to purchase the exclusive right of burial if you want to put up a memorial.

There are alternatives to burial in a churchyard or cemetery, such as burial in a vault, burial at sea and woodland burials. There are also options for green funerals and natural burials that may be discussed with us.

Many bereaved people take comfort from placing belongings such as photographs and letters in the coffin with the person they have lost. It may also be your wish that they are dressed in their own clothing. The coffin may be decorated to reflect an interest or pastime they may have enjoyed. In a burial, there are fewer restrictions about possessions, clothing and decoration than for a cremation.