When a loved one passes away there seems to be so much to do. In many cases we are at a loss at what we are supposed to do; where do we start, what are the procedures? We have put together a list of practical points / matters to help you when making decisions at such an emotional and difficult time.
If the death is sudden or unexpected the coroner is likely to be involved and all parties must await the coroner's instructions. In other circumstances a health practitioner will be called to certify the death. This is essential before the funeral director can remove the deceased to the chapel of rest. Funeral directors are available at any hour should you have any queries.
At this point, you can make an appointment to register the death and obtain a copy of the death certificate and documents to allow the burial or cremation to go ahead. You will need to know the following when registering the death; Full name of the deceased, date and place of birth and death, home address of the deceased and occupation. You will also be asked to provide the medical certificate with the cause of death. If the coroner is involved, no medical certificate is issued and you should await further instructions from the coroner. .
Does the deceased have an existing funeral plan? If the will is lost or misplaced, it can be searched online at: www.certainty.co.uk. If the deceased already has an existing funeral plan, arrangements are already in place and there is less to consider. However, if there is no will or existing plan you should now consider the type of funeral you would like for the deceased.
The funeral director is there to help you throughout this process and will cover each of these points in detail at the time of the booking. To make if easier we have put a list together for you to go through and consider prior to your appointment, if you wish.
Where will the funeral take place? (Church, crematorium, graveside, at home, woodland site or local village hall)
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You may choose a religious minister, a humanist (provides a non-religious ceremony without hymns or prayers), a civil funeral celebrant (provides a non-religious ceremony, but can include hymns and prayers), a family member or a friend.
On the day of the funeral, the funeral director can provide a hearse, horse drawn carriage, motorcycle and sidecar or other specialist transport to convey the deceased.
You can arrange for tributes in memory of the deceased on the donation page of the website. A donations box for a particular charity can also be made available at the funeral service.
You may wish to choose music that has sentimental value for before, during and after the service.
Would you like a live musician to play?
If so, the time and date need to be clearly indicated together with any instructions with regard to floral tributes or dress code and any words you wish to accompany the announcements. The funeral director can prepare this on your behalf.
Catering can be arranged by the funeral director or the family.
Are there any clothing requirements such as a particular colour or theme that you wish for guests to follow at the funeral service?
You may wish to have a memorial table with personal photos and items belonging to the deceased at the wake.
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