Our Funeral Services
John Edwards are forward thinking, keenly aware of the way things are changing, recognising that clients are more price conscious and want to create funerals which focus on the life of the person who has died, and in which mourners can participate.
We will conduct funeral in the traditional costume, or we will wear something less formal if you wish. We have a handsome Coleman Milne hearse. If you want a less formal vehicle, we have a smart Mondeo estate.
We are not a big, traditional funeral director’s which carries out lots of funerals. It is a small business where you will not be just another client. You will be known to everybody who works here, and for this reason you will receive a very personal service.
We are very happy to come and see you at home and you can come in and help dress the person who has died if you wish. If you would like to care for the person who has died at home, we will act as a consultant for you and do just as much as you want. If you want the person who has died to be looked after by a female, that’s fine.
Our team’s focus is to give you a bespoke funeral which exactly matches your wishes, beliefs and values. We will work with people of all beliefs and none, and from any ethnic heritage. For Muslims we offer a cotton shroud which is approved by Islamic authorities. We can lead a funeral for those who do not want a minister, but want “something of God in the service.” For those of no belief we can introduce a good Humanist celebrant.
What Should I Do First? / What You Need to Know Now?
I hope you find this guide useful. I'm going to outline the 7 Steps that need to be taken after the death of a family member.
Get a medical certificate
This shows the cause of death from a doctor – either a GP or at a hospital – so you can register the death.
Formally register the death within five days at a local registration office
see your council website. You will then get the documents you need for the funeral. You can go to any register office but it is best to use the one in the area where the person died. You will find a "register a death tool" on the public information website that takes you through what you need to do.In straightforward circumstances where, for example, someone has died in hospital in England and Wales and their death was expected, you can register the death if you are a relative, someone present at the death or the person making arrangements with the funeral directors. You will need to take with you the medical certificate and, if they are available, the deceased's birth certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate and NHS medical card.The registrar will need the person's full name at the time of death, any names previously used, their date and place of birth, their last address and occupation, the name, date of birth and occupation of any surviving or late spouse or civil partner and whether they were getting a state pension or any other benefits. You will get a certificate for burial or cremation, a "green form" which gives permission for burial or an application for cremation, and a certificate of registration of death, form BD8.It is a good idea at this point to buy extra death certificates, which will be needed for sorting out the person's affairs.
Arrange the funeral
The funeral itself cannot usually take place until after the death has been registered but you should start arranging it immediately. Most people use a funeral director, but you can do it yourself. Contact the cemeteries and crematorium department of your local council for help.Check if the deceased has put details of what they want for their funeral in their will. You do not normally have to follow their wishes but if they had a pre-paid funeral plan, you do have to use the funeral directors covered by the plan and you may not get a refund for any parts of the package you do not use.
Report the death to various organisations and government departments
Most local councils run a service called Tell Us Once which lets you report a death to most government organisations in one go. When you register the death, the registrar will give you a unique reference number to use the Tell Us Once service.You may have to send different forms to HM Revenue & Customs depending on the deceased's circumstances, their income, pensions, and benefits and whether there's a surviving spouse or partner. You can use HMRC's bereavement tool.
Check if the deceased has left a will
When it comes to sorting out property, money and possessions (the "estate"), the will normally states who is to do this. If there is no will the next of kin can apply for a "grant of representation" which gives them the legal right to deal with the deceased's estate known as "probate".
Get the mail redirected
If you are the next of kin or the deceased's personal representative such as an executor, you can apply to Royal Mail to redirect their mail to your address using a special circumstances application form, available at post offices or online. https://www.royalmail.com/personal/receiving-mail/redirection.
If you get a grant of representation
you have the legal right to access things such as the person's bank account, and you can start to sort out the estate. You may need to pay inheritance tax if the estate is worth more than £325,000. Once you've paid any tax due, you can collect the assets such as money from the sale of their property.Go through the financial paperwork and contact all banks and other financial organisations connected with their affairs such as insurance companies, pension providers and so on to close down the accounts and release the funds.You then need to clear any unpaid debts and distribute the estate, which means giving any property, money or possessions to the beneficiaries as dictated by the will, or by intestacy laws if there is no will.
FIRST STEPS IN ORGANISING A FUNERAL
There is so much to think about when someone has died. There are formalities to complete, people need to be told, and a funeral to organise. Find out here some of the first things that need to happen, and discover practical things you can do to make a start. If you have questions, or you need some advice, please call Alan on 01792 771232 for a free confidential, no-obligation consultation.
We will guide you through the detail, advise you of all the options and choices available and working with you to arrange a funeral that is personal to your family. For some, a simple funeral is all that is required whilst others prefer a more elaborate service.
The person making the arrangements must have the authority of the family to do so and be able to make decisions and give instructions, as they will be responsible for arranging payment.
We can meet to discuss the arrangements at our funeral home, your home or a location of your choice, such as a solicitor’s office or friend’s home.
Decisions you will need to consider are:
Burial, Cremation or Repatriation
Coffin, casket and urn selection
Dressing the deceased
Where the deceased should rest prior to the funeral
Where the funeral is to be held
Religious or secular service
Who is to conduct and speak at the funeral service?
Whether to have floral tributes or donations to charity
Who to invite to the funeral
Who should be informed of the death?
What costs are appropriate?
Arranging a funeral is a unique opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one and our caring and professional staff will be available to guide and advise you throughout. Feel free to call them to discuss your thoughts, concerns and wishes – they will be pleased to help in any way they can.
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What does a Funeral Director do?
It goes without saying that a bereavement is a very difficult time, and to add those difficulties families need to make quite as lot of decisions in connection with the funeral, and the immediate after effects. Funeral Directors are aware of the emotional turmoil experienced by grieving families. We will be there to gently guide , answer your questions, and help you to reach sensible decisions, within your budget.
After discussing your requirements, John Edwards Funeral Directors will arrange the funeral you want, taking on the responsibility for organising every aspect of the event and delivering it to the highest professional standards.
Taking their lead from your instructions, this might include:
Before the Funeral
Transferring the deceased to the funeral home or assisting you if you wish the deceased to remain at home prior to the funeral.
Providing facilities for viewing of the deceased prior to the funeral.
Dealing with all necessary paperwork
Placing death notices in local and/or national newspapers and online.
The Funeral Service
Ensuring your wishes and those of the deceased are reflected in the funeral arrangements including:
Any musical requests or other special tributes; funeral vehicles, catering at a venue of your choice following the funeral
Order of Service sheets at the funeral service; floral tributes and, accepting and caring for floral tributes delivered to their premises prior to the funeral
Offering a choice of coffins and caskets to suit a range of budgets and individual choice
Accepting donations, online or in person, for a nominated charity in lieu of flowers on your behalf.
After the Funeral
Helping you to arrange for ashes to be scattered or preserved in a memorial casket following a cremation.
Arranging obituary cards or ‘thank you’ cards
If appropriate, arranging for transfer of either the deceased or the cremated remains to another area of the country, or repatriation overseas
Providing support and guidance
Funeral directors are also there to provide support and guidance in advance of a death. For example, they can provide information on how to arrange a pre-paid funeral plan and discuss ideas and options you may have for your own funeral, helping you to record your wishes for the future.
If you need any more information, or need to organise a funeral please call us on 01792 771232.
Speak to Alan or Tom.
We can provide you a free, no obligation quote for costs based on your needs. We are happy to answer any questions you might have.
You can also send us an email us with your query: firstname.lastname@example.org