Arrangements for the Funeral

The first decision to be taken is whether there is to be a burial or cremation. If no instructions have been given in the will the final decision must remain with the family.

You will also need to decide where the funeral service will be held.  Perhaps you would like a service in the church, cemetery chapel or the full service at the crematorium or graveside.  Also when the service will take place. Are there some days you may wish to avoid e.g; someone’s birthday or anniversary? What will be the best time of day? Will some mourners be travelling from a distance and therefore prefer an afternoon?

As an independent business, we are committed to being compassionate, understanding and professional and we have come to learn that variations in funeral services can be influenced by religious, cultural and personal preferences.

What one family may consider the ideal funeral service may not necessarily be to another family. For this reason, we treat each family we serve as unique and will advise you on the many options available to you in making the funeral service personal.


The funeral directors role and duties may include:


  • A personal interview to receive instructions.

  • Arranging for the removal of the deceased at any time of the day or night.

  • Liaison and confirmation with Clergy, Church, Cemetery or Crematorium.

  • Arranging for the completion of medical certificates for cremation.

  • Completing and forwarding legal documentation to the appropriate authority.

  • Arranging the purchase and preparation of the grave.

  • Arranging the removal of the memorial (if applicable).

  • Liaison with the Police and Coroner where necessary.

  • Supplying and fitting the coffin or casket.

  • Provision of the hearse and limousines as required.

  • Provision of a horse-drawn hearse.

  • Supply of the necessary bearers.

  • Advice on the selection of suitable hymns or music.

  • Arranging for the production of Order of Service.

  • Insertion of press announcements and assistance with the wording, if required.

  • Assistance in ordering and receipt and care of floral tributes.

  • Arrangement of Donations in Lieu of flowers.

  • Arranging for the dispersal or interment of the ashes.

  • Arranging for catering either at home or elsewhere.

  • Professional attendance and supervision throughout the funeral.

  • Repatriation both to and from abroad.

  • Arranging pre-paid funeral plans.

  • Arranging for a new memorial or the refurbishment of an existing one.