Arranging A Funeral

Types of Funeral

Cremation can only take place providing that the cause of death is definitely known.  Five forms are required by the crematorium and have to be completed before the cremation can take place are are :

  • An Application Form which is to be signed by the executor or next of kin.
  • An Instruction Form to the crematorium.
  • Two Cremation Certificates the first part to be completed by the doctor who looked after the deceased prior to death.  A second doctor will then be contacted to complete the same form but must not be related to the surgery of the first doctor.  A charge is made for both parts being completed by both doctors which will be paid on your behalf by the us and charged to you on our final invoice.
  • The final part of the form is completed by the Medical Referee who has the power to refuse any cremation, request a post mortem examination or refer the matter to the Coroner.  His charge is included in the cremation fee.

Should burial be chosen and there is a grave in existence, the cemetery/churchyard grave number and section will be required and is usually found on the grave deeds.  If the grave deeds cannot be located, the cemetery offices will usually be able to find the grave from their records.  We will then check with the cemetery that there is room within the grave for a further interment.

If there is no grave in existence and a new grave is required, we will arrange the purchase for you and will advise of the costs for new graves and interment charges.  You may wish to meet with a council representative to choose the location of a grave and we will arrange this for you.

Non Religious Funerals
For many clients, the element of religion does not form an important part of a funeral and to them a more personal celebration of their loved ones life becomes the content of a fitting funeral service, which is expressed through poetry, music, words and flowers. We are able to arrange a humanist officiant who may include family and friends to become part of the celebration of life, focusing on the deceased, their personality and achievements.

Civil Funerals
A Civil Funeral is a funeral that is based upon the wishes, beliefs and values of the deceased and their family and not the beliefs and ideology of the person conducting the funeral. All families differ and not all want the same type of funeral. The majority of people in the UK will choose a “traditional” religious funeral service but there is an increasing number who are finding that their personal preferences can be accommodated within a Civil Funeral ceremony and can include religious elements of different faiths or no religion and we can arrange this for you.

Woodland Burials
Environmental issues are increasing among society and it is important to us to provide environmentally friendly coffins.

Woodland burials are becoming a popular alternative to burials in cemeteries or graveyards and there are a growing number of woodland burial grounds across the UK. The grounds are often beautiful, natural settings of meadows and woods and offer a peaceful resting place. Traditional headstones are replaced by the planting of trees with a bronze plaque or simple wooden cross to mark the area of burial

David & Adele Gallagher. Dip.FD

“We recognise that all families have differing needs, and it is our aim to offer options with clarity and transparency. As an independent family business, we will offer support and guidance through the difficult time of bereavement”.


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