Funeral Help & Advice
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What To Do When Someone Dies
When someone passes away, it can be confusing and difficult to know what to do first. What happens next will depend on where the person passed away.
For help and advice you can contact Far & Beyond at any time and our experienced staff will help you through each stage of the process.
Funeral Costs Explained
Funeral costs are divided into two different groups: those over which the funeral director has some form of control (for example the cost of a coffin, the provision of a hearse and similar expenses), and those which are statutory costs, or costs incurred by a third party such as the local authority. These latter costs are known as disbursements.
Saying goodbye to somebody you love is extremely hard. At this difficult time, the last thing you need is to be worrying about money. While those who can afford to, may have put money into a funeral plan or died with a life insurance policy in place, those in the lower income bracket might not have these funds put aside to cover the relevant costs.
Types of Funeral
A growing number of people are deciding that a non-religious end-of-life ceremony is most suitable for them and their beliefs. This may be because your loved one was non-religious, the family has a variety of religious views, none of which predominate, or it is just felt that a more flexible, customised end-of-life ceremony is going to be most appropriate.
Things To Consider
Memorial jewellery can be one of the most touching, personal ways to remember a lost loved one. With a beautiful, unique item worn on your wrist, your finger or around your neck, you can silently pay tribute to a friend or family member in your daily life. This is a heartfelt memorial that will last long after the funeral service.
Order Of Services
As well as guiding attendees through the programme of chosen readings, hymns, or other music that will form your loved one's funeral, it can also provide an emotive part of the celebration of their life. It can become a lasting celebration of them as a much-loved individual, both on a striking cover and then inside.
If you're arranging a funeral for a loved one, transport is likely to be one of your top considerations. Choosing a vehicle to transport your loved one to the service is an important and highly personal aspect of the arrangements and can be a crucial element of making the day memorable and special for the bereaved.
Often, families of departed loved ones will ask for a charitable donation to be made, in place of flowers, at a funeral service. These offer valuable, even vital, contributions to many charities, both large and small, international and local. These are also accepted by so many as a more lasting and fitting tribute than short-term floral displays.
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;
Your loved one has passed away suddenly and the cause of death is unknown.
Your loved one has passed away due to violence.
Your loved one has passed away in prison.
Your loved one has passed away unnaturally.
Your loved one has passed away in a place or circumstance which requires an inquest.
The doctor can only complete the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death if they know the cause of death and have seen your loved one for the same illness during the 14 days prior to them passing away.
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.
The people closest to your loved one have a legal obligation to register the death. This can be done by; any immediate family or next of kin, a family member who was in attendance during your loved ones illness, a family member living in the area of which the death of your loved one occurred, any person who was present at your loved ones death, the person arranging your loved ones funeral.