First steps when arranging a funeral
After you have decided which Funeral Director you would like to use to arrange the funeral you should contact them to notify them of the death. Our team will take some details from you and a Funeral Arranger or Director will contact you to give you some initial advice.
We can then arrange a suitable time and place to meet with you to begin discussing arrangements. This can be at your local Charles Stephens branch or, if you prefer, somewhere else such as your home. And when you meet us, we can advise you on what to do next and take care of all the necessary funeral arrangements. You’ll have a member of staff available to speak to 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year for support.
There are lots of points to consider when arranging a funeral and our Funeral Arrangers and Directors will guide you through the process. To assist us in making the arrangements it is useful to know if any specific requests have been made and what type of funeral is wanted, ie. burial or cremation.
Did your loved one leave any requests for their funeral?
We find quite often that people have left specific requests for their funeral. When you’re planning a funeral, always check the will of your loved one to understand if they had made any special requests to include in the funeral service. The person who died may have arranged for a pre-paid funeral plan prior to their passing as their way to try and help their family and friends during this difficult time.
What type of funeral is required?
It’s good to understand what type of funeral is required. This can range from the type of religion to whether you’re to arrange a cremation or a burial.
Points to Consider
Below are a few points you may wish to discuss or consider with your family and friends before meeting the Funeral Arranger or Director. We are here to guide and advise you on all aspects of the funeral and the points below are purely for reference.
> Will the funeral be burial or cremation?
> Would a religious or non-religious service be most appropriate?
> Will the service be private (for close family and friends only) or will the invitation be extended?
> Will you require any transportation, such as limousines?
> Would you like people to be able to visit your loved one in one of our chapels of rest?
Other Points of Discussion
At Charles Stephens your Funeral Arranger or Director will discuss different types of services which you may like to include. This will include the following considerations:
> Style of coffin
> Flower arrangements
> Service sheets / order of service
> Cremated remains options
> Monumental masonry
> Return venue for a wake or refreshments
> Music options
> Pall bearers