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Losing a loved one is always devastating. The stress and expense of funeral arrangements can seem insurmountable at this difficult time. At Far & Beyond, we strive to remove as much of that stress as possible, allowing you to say your goodbyes in peace and dignity.
If your loved one’s final wishes were to be buried, we can ensure that they are laid to rest in exactly the way they would have wanted. We’re on hand to support you with decisions about what type of coffin is most appropriate, whether you want a religious or secular ceremony, and who will carry the coffin. Your loved one may have left extremely specific instructions, or they may not have left any at all. With 20 years’ experience as funeral directors, we’ll be on hand to let you know what options are available at every step of the way.
Most burial ceremonies will start with the family and friends gathering in the space that you have chosen to honour your loved one. The congregation may be seated before the coffin arrives, often standing as the coffin passes by. You might decide that you want a procession to follow the coffin into the church, chapel or other space you have chosen for the memorial. You may choose to have the procession move to the graveside and may have arranged to throw flowers or similar onto the coffin.
Normally an officiant of some type will lead the proceedings. If this is a religious ceremony, you might choose a priest or a prominent member of your faith. There are plenty of non-religious celebrants, such as humanists, and we’ll help you choose the option most appropriate for your loved one. There might be prayers, speakers or music, depending on the wishes of your loved one and of course, you, the grieving friends and family.
We understand how personal and deeply affecting grief and loss is, and that’s why we offer so much more than the standard funeral director. We are proud to offer a dedicated in-house bereavement counsellor, offering compassion and support to you or any member of the family who is struggling to cope at this most difficult time. All our staff are completely committed to providing the guidance, comfort and help you need in the aftermath of your loss.
Although money may be the last thing on your mind right now, we understand that funeral costs can be daunting. It may reassure you to know that we’ve saved our clients over £500,000 in funeral costs over a two-year period. We have several packages tailored to every budget, and dedicated staff on hand at every step of the way to ensure your package is perfectly tailored to your needs. With flexible direct debit payment options, we are striving to remove the added stress that mounting costs can bring after the deeply distressing loss of a loved one.
As the experts in funeral services, we will always treat the burial of your loved one with the utmost sensitivity, understanding that each funeral service is a unique, deeply personal, and emotional event. Our burial packages are all designed to be unique to you and your loved one, so please get in contact today to find out how we could make your final farewells the most meaningful they can be. Let us take away some of the stress so you and your family can focus on remembering the good times, the happy memories, and commemorating life.
If your loved one passes away at home, it is important to remain calm. If the death has been expected, the doctor who has been treating your loved one should be contacted, providing they have seen the doctor within the previous 14 days of their death. The doctor will either attend to confirm the death or will give permission for your loved one to be transferred into the care of Far & Beyond Funeral Services. If the death has not been expected you will need to contact the GP of your loved one, they will then visit your home address to confirm the death and issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You can then contact Far & Beyond Funeral Services and we will take over the care of your loved one.
If your loved one has been an in-patient, the doctors who have been treating your loved one will usually issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You will usually be given the opportunity to sit with your loved one before they are transferred to the mortuary. When you are ready for your loved one to be collected, you will need to contact Far & Beyond Funeral Services. We will then collect your loved one from hospital, and transfer them into our care.
If the doctor will not issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, this will usually be because the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one mean that a Coroner should be involved for further investigation. The doctor may not issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death for a number of reasons such as;
All deaths within the UK have to be registered, a death should be registered within five days. If this is not going to be possible the registrar must be informed of the circumstances within the five-day period.