Arranging a Funeral

The Funeral Arrangements

 

 

Funeral arrangements can be made either at our offices in Bognor Regis or in the comfort of your own home.  Once instructed, we will provide

written confirmation of all the arrangements and costs.  We will make all necessary payments to clergy, cemetery, crematorium, doctors, newspapers and other disbursements on your behalf.  The first decision you must address, is whether the funeral should be a burial or cremation.  There are then various matters to be discussed and would include:

 

The Funeral Service

We would discuss where and when you would like the funeral service to take place and whether you would like a minister of religion to take the service.  If not we can advise you on non-religious or humanist funeral services.  The funeral cortege can leave from home with limousine

transport for mourners or you can meet the cortege at the chosen church, cemetery or crematorium.  We can advise on appropriate music and hymns for the service.

 

Choice of Coffin

We are able to offer a wide choice of coffins or caskets for the funeral service.  Many of these are very traditional in appearance, whether it be a simple cremation coffin or a traditional solid wood coffin or casket. However, many other alternatives are available to choose from and  particularly popular are our environmental range.  We have available coffins made from bamboo, willow, pandanus, seagrass, banana leaf, water hyacinth, solid pine or cardboard.  Other alternatives are coloured coffins or bespoke photo/image designed coffins.

Cremated Remains

Cremated remains can be strewn or interred in the Garden of Remembrance at the crematorium, in a new or existing cremation grave at a churchyard or cemetery, interred in an existing family grave or scattered privately at a place chosen by the family.

Chapel of Rest

Our Chapel of Rest is available by appointment for family or friends to visit and pay their last respects.

Flowers

We can arrange or advise on

the ordering of your floral

tributes and we ask that all

flowers are sent directly to

our chapel of rest prior to the

funeral.

 

 

Donations to charity in lieu of  flowers

Donations received in lieu of flowers will be recorded, a receipt issued and a list of donors sent to the family, normally four to five weeks after the funeral.

 

 

Newspaper Notices

We will be pleased to help complete and place any notices required for both local and national newspapers.  We will also insert

acknowledgements or notices of thanks when required.

Printing Services

We can arrange to print Orders of Services for funeral and memorial services, together with other remembrance items.  Much of this is printed in house, but we also have professional links with a local printer.

Music for the Funeral Service

We are able to advise on suitable hymns and music for the Service. We  can download music and create a CD if commercially available for use.

 

Catering

We can assist with arranging local

venues and private caterers for

refreshments following the service.

Masonry

Advice can be given on all masonry work by one of our funeral directors or by passing you to a Monumental Mason for further professional assistance. We can assist you in choosing a new memorial or with additional or remedial work on an existing memorials.

Distant Funerals

We are occasionally asked to arrange a funeral to or from another part of the Country. Through our professional association we have very close links with Funeral Directors in all areas. We are also

experienced in funeral arrangements to and from other Countries

including dealing with the various regulations and documentation 

required.

Funeral Vehicles

We provide a traditional black motor hearse for the funeral service to

transport the coffin from our chapel of rest to the venue for the funeral

service.  When making the funeral service arrangements, your funeral

director will discuss with you whether it is appropriate for the cortege of vehicles to travel direct to the church, crematorium or cemetery from our chapel of rest or whether you would like the cortege to leave from the deceased’s home or other suitable local address.

 

A limousine is available to transport mourners and  comfortably seats up to six  passengers.  Additional  limousines can be provided if necessary.

 

Alternative Motor Vehicles

Arrangements can be made by  request for alternative funeral   vehicles. For example, to provide a motorcycle hearse and rider. Currently, either a black triumph, silver Harley Davidson or a Suzuki Hyabusa are available.  Alternatively, we can arrange for Rolls Royce or Daimler funeral vehicles, white or silver funeral vehicles, or even a vintage lorry

Horse Drawn Hearses

Arrangements can be made to provide a horse drawn hearse.  Traditionally a black horse drawn hearse is used, but arrangements can be made, subject to availability, for a white hearse. The Hearse can be drawn by pairs or teams of black or white horses. Mourners carriages are also available.

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