Making it personal

You normally need to register a death within five days. . It is best to go to the register office in the area where the death occurred, otherwise it may take longer to receive the documents you need and this could delay the funeral. It will take around half an hour to register the death. You would usually need to call ahead first and make an appointment beforehand. Please see overleaf for details on register offices and Coroners offices.

Many bereaved people take great comfort from placing personal items, for example photographs or letters, in the coffin with the deceased. We place no restrictions on what may be placed in a coffin whilst the deceased is in our care. However, there are restrictions placed by crematoria, for example, no metal or glass objects. Where appropriate, we will give advice

 

 

Carrying the coffin

We can arrange to supply pall bearers to carry the coffin. Alternatively, bearers may be relatives, friends or colleagues of the person who has died.

 

Dressing the deceased

It may be your wish that the deceased be dressed in their own clothing and this is normally acceptable. However, in some circumstances, particularly where cremation will take place, we are bound to comply with regulations, which restrict certain materials. If you are considering providing clothing for the deceased, please seek our advice. We can supply a wide range of dressing or suiting robes, which are acceptable to the relevant authorities.

 

Visiting the deceased

The decision of whether to visit the deceased is a personal one. We cannot advise you about your preference, but many people take comfort from seeing the deceased at rest. Private remembrance rooms are available at our funeral home or you may wish to have the deceased at your own home. We will be pleased to discuss arrangements with you.

 

Transport for the day of the funeral

You will need to consider the following:

 

Music

Many people ask for specific pieces of music to be played during the service. This is an opportunity to add a personal touch. The music chosen can usually be anything from traditional organ music to music of your own choice. Alternatively, you may like to have a musician playing at the service. Depending on the location of the service, there may be certain restrictions. We will be happy to give you advice on this.

 

Eulogy

A friend or relative may wish to say a few words during the service about the person who has died; this is called a eulogy. You can prepare this yourself, or you may prefer a favourite poem or other reading.

 

Obituary notices

The obituary notice is an opportunity not only to publicly announce the death and funeral details, but can also be used to pay tribute to the deceased, for example, by including a verse. Additionally, details of where any donations or flowers can be sent may be included. An obituary notice can normally be placed in a local or national newspaper. Additionally, you may wish to place a notice in an alternative local newspaper if the deceased lived in another town or city at some time. We will be happy to help you create and arrange the obituary notices.

 

Flowers

Flowers are a simple and beautiful way to create a personal tribute. We can help you to choose your flowers and give advice on special orders.
Following the funeral you may decide that suitable floral tributes could be used to benefit others, such as a hospital, nursing home or another organisation (subject to them wishing to receive them). We will be happy to arrange this for you. We may be able to provide you with a list of the people who have sent flowers. The flower tribute cards can also be saved and collected for you, if you would like us to do this.

 

Donations

Many bereaved families wish to restrict the sending of floral tributes to immediate family members only and request that, as an alternative, donations are made to a charity or other organisation.

 

Service stationary

Many people choose to have an order of service printed for the funeral. We will be happy to advise on layout and content and have these produced for you..

Download a copy of our Memorial Stationery brochure HERE.

 

Our Charges

When you have made your choices we will give you a written estimate of the cost. If, at this stage, you would like to change anything we will help you do this. Any changes you make may affect the cost of the funeral.

The cost of the funeral is made up of the following:

The costs of a funeral are defined as a debt against the estate so you may be able to arrange for the funeral to be paid by the estate rather than paying this amount yourself.
If you require other services or need advice please do not hesitate to ask us, that is why we are here.
We will give you a courtesy call before the funeral to confirm all the details and answer any final questions that you may have. However, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time should you need assistance.
You can be assured that we will take care of everything on the day of the funeral. We will make sure that the funeral proceeds on time, in a proper and dignified manner, legally and with respect for religious and local custom and in accordance with your expectations.

 

Paying for the funeral

You will receive your invoice 7 days after the funeral. If there is any part of the invoice you do not understand or agree with, please contact our funeral home who will be happy to help.
The invoice may be paid in person at our funeral home or by post. You can pay with cash, by cheque or with a debit or credit card. If you wish the invoice to be referred to a solicitor, please advise us as soon as possible to ensure that this information is added to our records. However, you remain responsible for the account being paid in accordance with our terms and conditions.

 

Meeting the costs

If you think you cannot meet the costs of the funeral, you should discuss this with us at the time of arrangement. We have information on who may be eligible for the Social Fund and how to make a claim. Payment can only be authorised by the Department of Social Security (DWP) who will also decide the amount of payment. If you do not qualify for payment we may be able to advise on other forms of assistance. Please remember that you are personally liable for any amount in excess of the agreed payment by the Department of Social Security (DWP), or indeed the whole invoice amount if a payment is not received. Click this link HERE to read more from the DWP.

 

Your comments welcome

We aim to provide a service of the highest standards at Revel Funeral Services. If you would like to discuss any aspect of our service, please contact us.
All information we collect from you when arranging a funeral will be treated with the strictest confidence and held and used in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
Whilst we appreciate that the first few weeks after the funeral are a particularly difficult time, we are constantly striving to improve our service, if you feel you can, we would appreciate your comments on the service we provided.