Arranging a Funeral
The thought of arranging a funeral can be a distressing time. To make this process easier for the family of the deceased, our caring funeral directors will work with you. We will offer guidance and support throughout the arrangement process to ensure your loved one is reflected and cherished by all. We approach the funeral arrangement stage with discretion and support while aiming to ensure that the process is as efficient as possible. Our main aim is to make this entire process as stress-free for you as we can. Let Ashley Edwards help you to arrange your loved ones funeral.
Planning a Funeral
Planning a funeral can be distressing, which is why choosing the right funeral director to ease you through the process can make all the difference, being a small family business we pride ourselves on being able to spend all the time needed to ensure that the funeral is arranged and carried out as requested and reflects the life of your loved one.
Within the modern world we that everyone is different, some may wish to stay with tradition, but for others the world of funerals offers a wide range of different choices regarding coffins, transport and ways of personalising a funeral, which we are more than happy to advise.
Additional Help & Support
As well as offering advice and support throughout the consultation we will also be available to offer additional help & support. Let Ashley Edwards make your funeral arrangements as stress-free as possible.
Contact Ashley Edwards Funeral Directors
If you require support and guidance when it comes to arranging a funeral, contact Ashley Edwards Funeral Directors. We will help you to arrange every detail of your funeral down to the final detail. Call our team directly and we will arrange a suitable date for the initial consultation with you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Just the thought of planning a funeral for your loved one can be distressing enough, but by taking your time and allowing yourself space to grieve, you can make the process much less upsetting.
Knowing the steps to take certainly helps. However, if you’ve never had to do it before, it can be difficult to know where to start.
First, you should search for funeral instructions (if any) in your loved ones will if they had one.
If the deceased did leave instructions, but they are impractical, or you can’t afford them – don’t worry. Just focus on what you can do with the budget you have.
After this, you should take the following steps:
- Choose a funeral director – they’ll help transport/prepare the body for viewings, oversee proceedings and provide any support you need.
- Decide on a burial or cremation – lots of people specify whether they would prefer to be buried or cremated, but if you’re unsure of the deceased wishes – go with what you feel is best.
- Select a coffin/urn – there are lots of different coffins and urns available for you to choose from. However, if you’ve requested a burial, be sure to provide us with your loved one’s exact height and weight so that we can get the perfect-sized coffin.
- Plan the service – choose the type of service (religious, cremation, etc), pick which music or hymns you’d like to be played, write eulogies, decide what flowers to have etc.
If the deceased made a will, they will have named an executor (or executors). They will be responsible for planning and paying for the funeral.
But what if they didn’t make a will?
In this case, the deceased’s closest family members or friends will be in charge of making and paying for the arrangements.
If you’re worried about costs, they sometimes can be recouped out of assets the departed has left behind, or sometimes they might have taken out a funeral plan and paid for everything in advance.
Whether you’re stressing about planning the perfect send-off, or you’re worried about funds – be sure to get in touch with our funeral directors. We’re always more than happy to help.
Typically, providing the circumstances are permitting, it can take one to two weeks to arrange a funeral for your loved one.
However, some things can hold up the arrangements – like an investigation into the death, deciding on a cremation or burial, writing the order of service, inviting family and friends, etc.
If your loved one made a note of their funeral wishes, or they took out a pre-paid plan, the process should be smooth sailing and can be organised in just a few days.
Why not instruct the funeral directors at Ashley Edwards to help?
We have many years of experience in helping families plan the perfect send-off for their loved ones, and we work directly with you to ensure that we’re able to support you the best we can during such a troubling time.
Give us a call on 01278 794 304 for round-the-clock support and advice, or even just a chat to get things off your chest – we’re always here.
There are a few documents you need to provide your chosen funeral director with.
In most cases when you register a death, the registrar will issue you with a certificate for burial or cremation (aka, a green form) and you’ll need to give this to your funeral director.
When arranging a burial, you’ll need to have completed an application form to purchase a grave plot – and this should also be given to your funeral director.
If you’re preparing for a cremation, you are most likely to see Cremation Form 1 – your funeral director will help you complete this so that the service can go ahead.