House Clearance Help & Advice: Arranging the funeral
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Once you have been given a death certificate then you can go ahead and
start to organize the funeral, you should take your time when choosing
the funeral director as you need to feel comfortable with them. There
is nothing wrong in shopping around for a funeral director because they
will all have different guidelines and charges and all of them should
give you itemized quotes.
It is important that you take into consideration what your loved one wanted
if they did have any preference and follow their wishes regardless of
if their ideas matched your own. If your loved one left a will then it
will be the executors decision over whether it is a burial or a
cremation, if not then it this is down to the relatives of the deceased.
It is also essential that you check to make sure whether your loved one
had already purchased a funeral plan or plot.
Decisions regarding the funeral
Once you have determined whether it will be a cremation or burial, you
will then have to decide on the type of ceremony. You might want a traditional
religious ceremony or you could opt for a quieter, more personal ceremony
such as a woodland burial. This of course should reflect on the type of
person your loved one was and the familys wishes.
You will then have to decide what day and time the ceremony will be, this
might depend on the funeral director if you have put the funeral in their
hands or if you are organising your own funeral then you have more choice
and could pick your loved ones favourite time of the day for the burial.
Costs and charges of the funeral
Depending on the type of funeral you have chosen, will all depend on the
cost involved in the funeral and ceremony, a funeral can typically cost
anywhere from a thousand pound to several thousand. The charges that make
up the funeral usually fall under three main categories, the materials,
such as the type of coffin. The funeral directors fees such as making
arrangements, the cost of vehicles and documentation of the funeral and
any dismemberment paid to others such as church or crematorium costs and
The funeral director should give you a breakdown of all the costs of the
funeral and also give you the option of changing anything and also point
out any choices you have.
If you to have a burial then everyone has the right to be buried in their
own parish, if the burial is to be in a family grave or plot then there
will be additional fees for opening up the grave, removing the headstone
e.t.c. if you want your loved one buried in a parish other than their
own, then this will usually cost around double. There are other options
to the traditional burial and these include a woodland burial, burial
at sea or vault.
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