For many years we have been privileged to provide a caring, professional service to help clients in our local communities in times of need. We know that bereavement is a difficult time for any family, and that’s why we provide a caring and personal service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. At this difficult time, we are here to assist you in every way possible, from arranging the funeral to guidance regarding formalities and legal requirements.We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of traditional and modern funeral options so that you can tailor the service to your exact requirements. We know that arranging a funeral is a very personal time and our professional Funeral Arrangers and Directors will help guide you through this process to help you design a service that meets your requirements.
As a successful Independent Funeral Directors, we can facilitate and accommodate most people’s requirements to exceptionally high standards for Burials, Cremations, Religious services, Non-religious services.
OPTIONS & CHARGES
The final cost of the funeral and our services will depend on the funeral arrangements chosen. Prior to the funeral we will provide you with a detailed written estimate of all our charges, along with a written confirmation of the funeral arrangements. The estimate of charges will also include a breakdown of the disbursements which we pay on your behalf. Third party fees typically include the Crematorium, Cemetery or Churchyard, Doctor’s Fees (if applicable) and a Minister or Celebrant who takes the service.
The different options we offer are a Direct Cremation, a Simple Cremation and our Tailored Funerals which is the preferred option for the majority of our clients.
The Right Day, from the beginning
Arranging a funeral can be an overwhelming task at a time when you may not be thinking clearly. We can provide you with practical and emotional support during this difficult time. Once you are ready to start making the funeral arrangements we are here to help. We would always recommend that this is done in person where possible, either at one of our offices or at your home; whatever is most convenient for you.
Getting help with the funeral cost
If you have problems financing a funeral, speak to the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) immediately. This should be done before you confirm the funeral order with us. The DWP will only fund or contribute towards the cost of a funeral if the immediate family is unable to pay for the funeral and the potential claimants and their immediate family are in receipt of certain state benefits. The form required for making claims to the Department for Works and Pensions is SF200. This can be obtained by clicking on this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funeral-payment-claim-form or from any DWP office, Job Centre or Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
Our Pre-paid Funeral Plans
Many people wish to provide for their own funeral. A pre-paid funeral plan is a caring, sensible and cost-effective way to do this. Our plans are administered by Ecclesiastical Planning Services, a national funeral plan provider. Funeral pre-payments are held in guaranteed whole of life assurance policies and cannot be used for anything but your funeral when the time comes. Funeral plans themselves are not regulated, but our plan provider is registered with the Funeral Planning Authority.
The advantages of a pre-paid funeral plan:
- Choose your funeral arrangements, for your own peace of mind
- Save your family from having to make many decisions at such a difficult time
- Help to protect loved ones from rising funeral costs by fixing the cost of our professional funeral directing services
- Make a contribution towards third party costs which are outside of our control and cannot be guaranteed
- Financial security – the funeral pre-payment is securely held in a guaranteed whole of life assurance policy until it is needed
- The service will be provided by us
- No upper age limit – anyone aged 18 or over can take out a plan
- No awkward health questions
- Make a lump-sum payment or pay by monthly instalments, whichever suits you
- Our funeral plans comply with the Funeral Planning Authority Code of Practice and Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.