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Tips for arranging a funeral

 

Here at Arlington Funerals, we may be a funeral directors in Stoke, but we also enjoy giving helpful tips and advice to potential clients who need to plan a funeral, but they don’t know where to start. No one wants to have to arrange a funeral at what is already a difficult time. If you do, having an understanding of what is involved and how to deal with problems will help you with the amount of stress you would be dealing with. Most funerals are arranged by the nearest relatives and if not by a close friend.  If there is no one to arrange a funeral for the deceased, the local/health authority will arrange a simple funeral. The person may have left instructions about the type of funeral and burial they wanted.  There is no legal obligation for these instructions to be followed, but they usually are. Below you can read about how funerals are arranged, what services you can expect to get from a funeral director like ourselves at Arlington Funerals and how to get any help with paying.

 

Dealing with funeral costs

 

If you arrange the funeral with a funeral director, you’re responsible for the costs. You should ask to see a price list before choosing a funeral, or explain how much you have to spend and see what services are possible.

 

Getting a written estimate

 

Once you’ve chosen the funeral, you should be given a written estimate giving a breakdown of all of the costs involved.

 

Services provided by funeral directors

 

A basic funeral is likely to include:

 

  • a plain lined coffin
  • transport of the body of the person who has died to the funeral director’s premises, usually up to ten miles from wherever the death occurred
  • The care of the person who has died until the funeral. This will include washing and dressing the person who has died and laying the body out, but will not include embalming
  • providing a hearse to take the body to the nearest crematorium or burial ground
  • providing the necessary people to carry the coffin
  • Making all other necessary arrangements, for example, getting the required forms.

 

Other Funeral Services that we provide are:

 

  • flowers
  • a more expensive coffin and fittings
  • press notices
  • a medical certificate required for cremation, and any doctor’s fees for signing this
  • an organist
  • fees for religious services
  • a burial or crematorium fee. The burial fee will usually include the costs of preparing the grave
  • extra cars
  • embalming
  • extra services by the funeral director, for example, use of the Chapel of Rest, transport from the mortuary, or special viewing arrangements
  • the cost of journeys of more than ten miles to the funeral director’s premises
  • a memorial
  • catering arrangements
  • stationery.

 

Signing a contract

 

You may need to sign a contract with the funeral director. Make sure you read it carefully and ask the funeral directorabout anything you don’t understand.

 

Paying for the funeral

 

Some funeral directors might ask for a deposit before making the funeral arrangements.  You may be offered a discount to pay for the funeral before or soon after it takes place. If you know the money will be released at a later date to cover the cost, you might want to consider a bank loan or overdraft to pay early. Money may be released later, if the person who has died made arrangements to pay for their funeral through an insurance or other policy, or if money is released after their estate has been dealt with.  If there is a legal claim for negligence against someone for the death, the cost of the funeral can be claimed as compensation. Otherwise, you may agree payment by instalment, or pay after the legal process of dealing with the person’s estate has been settled.  If you would like to see some information on our Funeral Plans or you’d just like a free quote, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.

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