We can support you with the logistics of arranging the funeral and/or the ceremony itself.
Move the body
A body is a person who is no longer there; not a health risk. It is absolutely your choice what happens to them. You may ask us or another funeral director to move the body to a safe place until the funeral, but you may prefer to bring them home, and require some help in doing so. We can help you.
Care for the body on your behalf
Arrangements can be made to take the deceased somewhere safe and local until the day of the funeral. You can direct us to wash and dress the body and put them in their coffin or shroud. We follow respectful, non-intrusive procedures when it comes to washing, dressing and caring for the body.
Care for the body at home
You may wish to care for the body yourself at home. This can be both practical and meaningful.
We have taken practical courses in order to be able to confidently support you to care for a body at home. This is something that many cultures, including our own, have taken on as a responsibility for most of the history of humankind. It can offer you time to gently come to terms with what has happened, and say goodbye in your own time.
We can support and empower you to get you the space and time you want with your loved one.
Complete the paperwork
There is a certain amount of legal paperwork to be done in respect of the funeral proceedings.
Contact us now if you’d like us to take care of this for you.
Your funeral arranger can bring the necessary forms when you meet and help you complete them. The forms differ depending on where the person died and whether they are to be buried or cremated.
If the person who has died is to be cremated, then the statutory cremation forms need to be completed by two doctors. There is a fee for this service, payable to the doctors/hospital.
If they are to be buried, there are no additional forms required by the doctors other than the Medical Certificate of Death.
If the person has died at the hospital it may well make sense to complete this paperwork before the body is moved. We can process this for you.
If it is not delivered to you then you will need to collect the Medical Certificate of Death from the nursing home/hospice/surgery, along with any personal belongings of the deceased. Please note that you will need the Medical Certificate of Death in order to register the death.
Once the doctor has seen the deceased and certified the death, the funeral director can be called to transfer the deceased to a safe place. You can keep your loved one at home for as long as you like – until the funeral or until you feel you have had enough time to say goodbye. You can change your mind about this too. Just do what feels comfortable at the time.
When a death occurs at home the deceased’s GP must be contacted so they can come to the home to examine the deceased and certify the death. The doctor will normally issue the Medical Certificate of Death.
Help you arrange a funeral
You will need to consider how to say goodbye. This will involve practical and emotional decision-making so that all legal obligations are met and will ensure that the people involved can mourn/celebrate on their own terms. Take your time.
We can support you through the entire process, or just help with specific jobs.
Get in touch if you would like our help.
Ceremonial, ritual support
We are qualified secular non-denominational celebrants. We can offer you one person to support you through the logistical process and the ceremonial part of the funeral. We can help you put together a ceremony that is mixed religious, semi-religious, or non-religious. We will work out how to say that final goodbye in a personal, reflective way whilst considering everyone who might be coming along.
We are happy to offer ceremonial support as a stand alone service and can work alongside any other funeral director of your choice.
Email or call us to begin the process.