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- Arranging the Funeral -

Our services to you start when you contact us, whether by telephone or calling personally, and extend often way beyond the day of the funeral.

On initial contact we will ask for preliminary details, whether the deceased has died at home or in a private nursing home. We will advise the transfer of the deceased to our funeral home.

We would then ask, at a time and place to suit you and your family, for our funeral director to call and arrange the funeral to a standard and procedure that meets the needs and requirements of those concerned.

- Costs and Charges -

In all aspects of the funeral arrangements our staff will point out the procedures and legal requirements.

Whilst arranging the funeral, we will advise on costs and charges to be incurred, culminating in a full written estimate that should be agreed and signed so that you feel confident with the funeral commitment you have arranged.

The funeral account itself is divided into two separate parts, the Funeral Director's charges and the disbursements. These contain our professional fees and overhead costs, which include the provision of a 24 hour a day on call rota, our professional services in making the funeral arrangements and arranging documentation and necessary personal attendances, the conveyance of the deceased to our funeral home and the use of our facilities until the day of the funeral.

Relatives and friends may wish to visit the deceased and pay their last respects before the day of the funeral. We take instructions from you at the time of making the arrangements.

Hygienic treatment and attendances to the deceased are also considered to be very important by our company. The last time you saw a loved one may have been a distressing memory, perhaps in hospital or for the purposes of identification. We believe that, in asking us to look after a member of your family, you would like to be certain that the best that could be done for your relative has been done whether you wish to pay your respects and visit the deceased before the funeral or not.

- Hearse and Limousines -

Our hearse for the funeral with liveried chauffeur and liveried bearers are also an essential part of our service to you, we carry the coffin on our shoulders both into and out of the church, chapel or other place of worship. This we believe is the ultimate in reverence and respect, and reflects our past traditions.

Our limousines are charged for separately. This ensures that the family is not charged for something they may not need or want. The charge for limousines is fully inclusive to cover transport from the address at which your family requires to be picked up, through to your return to the final destination. (An additional mileage charge may be incurred for long journeys). Each limousine is chauffeur driven and will normally carry up to six mourners.

- Disbursements -

Disbursements are fees that we pay on behalf of the family prior to the funeral taking place, ie: Crematorium/Cemetery Fees, Parochial Fees, Doctor's Fees etc. Our written estimate will detail the approximate cost of any disbursements.