Death can occur in many different places: at home, at work, overseas, unexpectedly, in hospital or a nursing home and it can be hard to know what to do. It’s common not to know who to call first – whether it should be loved ones, an ambulance, police or a funeral director. Call us and our friendly staff will help guide you through the first steps.
Traditionally, it was a Funeral Director’s role to assist with the practical aspects of arranging a funeral, such as transferring a loved one into our care and coordinating when and where the funeral would be held. These days, families are increasingly seeking guidance and advice to hold a Celebration of Life, with the style of service, choice of music and other touches which truly reflect the life of their loved one. At Gregson & Weight, our experienced funeral directors are here to support you. We can guide you through the process and help you make decisions – even the ones you didn’t know you had to make. Our role as your caring and trusted adviser is to help you plan the funeral service you want.
During our initial discussion, we will make arrangements to transfer your loved one into our care. We’ll also make an appointment to meet with us when you are ready to discuss funeral arrangements. These things usually happen within the first 24 hours after a death occurs.
Between the time of death and the arrangement meeting, there are some things you can do to prepare:
After the first meeting, we will follow through on the decisions made by you. Many hours of planning and behind the scenes preparation are done by us to ensure the funeral is carried out just the way you want it to be. There may be a few follow-up phone calls during this time and occasionally a second meeting is required.
On the day of the funeral, your dedicated Funeral Arranger will be there to oversee every detail of the event. Their main goal is to ensure that the proceedings are carried out seamlessly and that the experience is as comforting and stress-free as possible for you and your family.
From coordinating the service to managing the logistics, they will be at your side, offering their expertise and support, so that you can focus on remembering your loved one in peace.
We will register the death on the day following the burial or cremation. The death certificate will be issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages and can take up to 10 working days to arrive by post. We recommend you obtain some certified copies and our staff will be please to do this for you, at no charge.If there has been a cremation, the ashes will be available for collection within 24 48 hours following the funeral.
If you have any concerns following the funeral. Please feel free to contact your Funeral Arranger. We recognise that losing a loved one can be a life changing experience and if you feel we can help in any way, please contact us.