Making The Funeral Arrangements

The funeral is one of the first things to be arranged when a loved one passes away.

The person who makes the arrangements (whether that’s a family member or friend) must be able to give instructions and make decisions regarding the funeral details. This person will be legally responsible for the funeral and also responsible for arranging payment for the funeral.

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What The Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare Can Offer?

We will take care of practical arrangements, advising you of the options and choices for the funeral and seeing that arrangements are made in accordance with your wishes and those of your loved one.

We will assist you in the completion of all documentation and make all necessary arrangements with officiating clergy, or those leading the service, together with the cemetery or crematorium, as required. You will receive confirmation of all the arrangements together with a detailed estimate of the costs.

You may make funeral arrangements at your home, our funeral home or another location, such as a solicitor’s office or friend’s home.

You will need to make early decisions about:

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Whether the funeral will be a burial or a cremation

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Where the funeral will take place: (church, crematorium, cemetery chapel, graveside, elsewhere).

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We will then liaise with the necessary parties to agree a day, date and time for the service, to meet your requirements.

Burial or Cremation?

The choice between burial and cremation is a very personal one and may be influenced by many factors, including family tradition, religion or the wishes of the person who has passed away.

The most common form of burial is in a churchyard or cemetery. Subject to local regulations and availability, you normally have the choice between using a new or existing grave.


Existing graves

If a grave is already in existence, we will need the deeds of the grave or some documents relating to the grave, which may be in your possession. We will help you if you do not have the deeds. We will need to check that there is space for further burials.


New graves

When purchasing a new grave, some authorities may allow you to reserve or purchase grave space next to the one to be used.


Burial fees

There may be fees for:

- Purchasing a new grave

- Opening or reopening the grave

- Removal and replacement of existing memorials

We will advise you on the local charges accordingly


Alternative burials

There are alternatives to burial in a churchyard or cemetery, such as burial in a vault, burial at sea and woodland burials.

Available for a full service or shorter committal service, most crematoria incorporate a service chapel. Alternatively you may wish to hold a service in church or another location before the service in the crematorium chapel. Whatever you decide, we can take care of the necessary arrangements for you.

Funeral Abroad?

If the funeral is to take place abroad, we can make all the necessary repatriation arrangements for you.

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We will need to know:

• The full name, age and address of your loved one 

• The location where your loved one is resting

• The name and contact details of their doctor

• Whether a death certificate has been issued

• Whether the funeral will be a religious or non-religious ceremony

• Full details of your wishes regarding the services of an officiant will be needed

Please contact your local funeral home and we will help guide you through every step of the way.

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