Organising and Arranging a Funeral
We will always be mindful to allow you the time you need to talk through the specific funeral arrangements. And if your loved one has left instructions or made plans in advance, we will work together with you to make sure that their wishes are respected. There will be a number of decisions to be made and this may seem daunting but, rest assured, we will sensitively guide you through.
Before the funeral itself, you, your family and close friends may find comfort from visiting our chapel of rest and paying your last respects. All our chapels of rest have been blessed in accordance with the rites of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches and in the presence of representatives of the Free Churches. No appointments are needed during our weekday opening hours. Visiting is also available during evenings and weekends if a prior appointment has been made. Because we feel it’s important for those paying their respects to be able to carry a peaceful and consoling final memory away with them, we always recommend that temporary preservation is performed by our experienced and professional staff. There is no additional cost for this service.
One of the decisions to be made will concern the type of committal that should take place (burial or cremation) and whether you wish to have a ceremony at a place of worship, for example a church, prior to the committal. Whichever is the case, we will make our exclusive fleet of matching Rolls Royce Silver Spur limousines available to you and, by prior arrangement, can also provide a pick-up service at local train stations. And, should a church service precede the committal, a separate saloon car will be made available to transport the officiating clergy to the cemetery or crematorium.
If you expect a large number of people to be attending the funeral, we are also able to provide ushers for the church or place of ceremony. As well as making sure that you and the principal mourners are guided to the appropriate areas, they will welcome members of the congregation and hand out orders of service or hymn books. If you wish, we are able to help you with the preparation and printing of the orders of service. Many of our clients like to have close involvement in the design to make sure there is a strong personal element and we have our own easy-to-use design facility at www.withgrace.co to help with this. If you wish, we are also able to make attendance cards available so that you have a record of the attending mourners.
Other areas in which we can also offer assistance are floral arrangements, monumental masonry, submission of obituary notices to newspapers, recommendation and booking of hotel accommodation for visiting mourners, organisation of catering and venue for after the funeral gatherings and the provision of appropriate thank-you cards.
Having to make decisions at a time like this may well be the very last thing you want to deal with, but we will be here for you every step of the way.