Religion plays an important part in most funerals. We have the knowledge and experience with all religions to conform to their various and different procedures.
We will always endeavor to obtain the Minister of your choice to officiate at the funeral. You are not required to use your local parish clergy if you have an alternative, however, we do as a matter of courtesy, contact the local minister in the parish where the deceased lived simply to inform them of the death.
It is essential that your wishes are made known to us, we are always willing to adapt to variations or customs and traditions.
Non Religious Funerals and Civil Ceremonies
We are often asked to arrange funerals without religious content and there are various ways to deal with this. We can contact The British Humanist Society to arrange for a member to officiate. They will contact you to find out a history of the deceased and the funeral ceremony is a reflection of their life.
A Civil Ceremony is conducted by a Registrar who unlike a Humanist will allow a popular hymn and a simple prayer to form part of the Ceremony.
Alternatively, you may wish for a family member or close friend to recall memories of happier times. We are pleased to offer help and advice in any form should it be required.
Deaths Reported to the Coroner
There are many reasons why a death is reported to the Coroner and in a majority of cases it is a simple time factor, either since the last doctor's visit or admission to Hospital. Whatever the circumstances, dealings with the Coroner's office will take place. This should not delay the funeral more then a day or so and preliminary arrangements can be made with us prior to finalising dates and times.
As with anything connected with the funeral, if you have any concerns at all, we are here to answer any questions and alleviate any worries you may have.
Funerals in Other Towns or Overseas
We are often asked to arrange funerals in other parts of this country or to repatriate someone home to their native land. We have the facilities to carry out your wishes. We are conversant with Consular regulations throughout the world, and through our professional association we can plan the funeral so that the family have nothing to worry about. This is also true in cases where death has occurred abroad, or in other towns, and a family wish for the deceased to be returned here for the funeral. It is always best to contact us as soon as possible so that we may advise and assist in the early stages.