As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, the period after the death is a very difficult and harrowing time. In the midst of a very emotional time, many things have to be organised, with the nearest relation, where applicable, normally taking on the task. The deceased may have made provision and left instructions for the funeral, which, whilst not compulsory, are generally followed. Generally a funeral is organised by a Funeral Director, though you are able to organise it yourself. Should you wish to do so, help and guidance on doing so, can be obtained from the Natural Death Centre of the Cemeteries and crematorium department of your local council.
Services Provided by Funeral Directors
A basic funeral will generally include a plain lined coffin, transportation of the deceased to the Funeral Directors premises, care of the body until the funeral, dealing with all necessary documentation and transportation of the coffin to the funeral, with sufficient persons to carry the coffin. They will generally offer a further array of services, such as flowers, organising a religious service and any subsequent catering, embalming, notices in the Press, a more expensive and decorative coffin, along with other specific wishes you or the deceased may have requested.
Every funeral is a little different, as it is focused on the individual who has passed away. There are also various different types of funerals available, such as natural burial, alternative or Eco Friendly funerals, though for example purposes we will focus on the traditional funeral. Traditional funeral directors from Newport, to Newcastle will generally be roughly the same in price and standard package. The basic fee to deal with all aspects and documentation for a funeral is about £1,500. Additional costs on top will be charged for rental of the hearse, around £250, Limousines, £150-200, with a cremation in the £5-800 range. You may be eligible for assistance with the fees for a funeral if you receive certain benefits and need help in paying for a funeral you are arranging. However, any such payment will subsequently be deducted from any money you may receive from the deceased’s estate.
Choosing the Right Option
Funeral Directors are very experienced and understand that when a death occurs, it is a very difficult time for those involved. They will use their experience and any instructions from the deceased to help you select the right options and then quietly deal with everything on your behalf. While it is obviously preferable for the person concerned to have made provision financially for the funeral and to have left instructions on what they would like this does not always happen. Many people feel the subject is taboo, and not something they want to think about, or believe by organising it themselves, they are somehow tempting fate. However, someone who was religious during their life, may well want to have a church service included, have their ashes scattered in a particular location, or other requests which can be easily attended to, when those wishes are made in advance.
Your local Funeral Directors understand people’s reluctance to plan it themselves, but will always be ready to help you prepare, which makes ones passing a little easier on those left behind.