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Funerals are the first step in the healing process and the act of attending a funeral benefits the family and the community.
A funeral helps the bereaved to understand the reality of death while providing family members and friends with a caring and supportive environment. It allows them a safe haven to express and share their grief, whilst saying goodbye to their loved ones.
As professional Funeral Directors we are there for you before, during and after the funeral to ease the bereavement process.
We listen, plan, compassionately advise and act on your behalf. Through discussions with you, we offer guidance whilst helping to arrange and create a fitting tribute to the life of your loved one.
To make the arrangements as seamless as possible we liaise with doctors, clergy, cemeteries/crematorium, hospitals and other service providers, complete any necessary paperwork and take care of all matters with regard to the deceased. On the day of the funeral, we ensure that everything is carried out in an efficient and dignified manner.
If a death occurs at home there are a number of people who should be contacted as soon as possible. They are:
- The family Doctor or Doctor-on-Call
- The nearest relative, if not already present
- The Funeral Director
- The relevant Clergy
If you think there are any unusual circumstances – for instance, if the death was accidental, sudden or violent, then please contact the police at once.
If the death occurs in a hospital or a nursing home then the staff will notify the Doctor and us as your funeral director of choice.
If the cause of death is quite clear and the doctor has attended the deceased during their last illness and within the last 28 days, they will issue a medical certificate of the cause of death which is required to register the death.
If the cause or circumstances of the death are uncertain, it will be reported to the Coroner. In such case the Coroner may need to speak to the deceased’s GP and possibly arrange for a Post-mortem examination. Further advice can be obtained from us.
A death which occurs in Northern Ireland can be registered in any District Registration Office and should be registered within five working days, to allow funeral arrangements to be made. This is with the exception of deaths which have been referred to the coroner.
When registering a death, you’ll need to take the medical certificate of the cause of death to the Registrar who will ask you for the relevant details of the deceased.
Once the registration is complete, the registrar will issue the following forms:
- Form GR0 21 giving permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made.
- Form 36/BD8, a certificate of Registration of Death issued for social security purposes if the deceased received a State Pension or benefits.
There is no cost for registering a death. The only cost will be for Certified Copies of Entry, if required. You’ll be able to purchase Certified Copies of Entry at this time. These will be needed by the executor or administrator when sorting out the deceased person’s affairs.
Nowadays people have different funeral requirements. We always try to accommodate every request and here you will find different types of funeral options.
In the past funerals have generally been from the deceased’s own home or church but an increasing number of families use our Funeral Home. This may be used for the service or it can be where the deceased rests until they are taken to a church. In the past we have arranged for funerals to take place in venues such as a football pitch and a hotel.
Choosing a coffin is a personal choice and we are here to assist you in making the right one. Our coffin selection room displays a wide range of coffins and caskets for you to choose from, including many that you may not have considered. We have a selection of traditional coffins including solid wood and veneered options and a contemporary range that offers a more personalised option.
Our fleet of funeral cars are Mercedes Benz. Each limousine is able to carry up to seven people.
Flowers are associated with funerals as a way of paying tribute to the deceased and expressing sympathy to the deceased’s friends and family.
There are a wide variety of different funeral flower arrangements and you can choose specific types of flowers or colours, perhaps in line with the preference of the deceased if known.We are part of the Interflora network and are able to provide you with an exclusive range of flowers backed by the Interflora guarantee.
If you prefer donations in lieu of flowers to be given to your favourite charity, we will administer the collection, provide you with a list of contributors, look after the administration and forward the monies to the charity on your behalf.
Download a Gift Aid Donation Form.
Orders of Service may contain personal hymns and photographs and can be taken away as a keepsake of the day.
It is customary to place a death notice in the obituary section of the newspaper of your choice. The notice may include details about your loved one and give information about the funeral service. This notice is added to our web site and may be personalised by the addition of photographs.
It is customary to have refreshments after a funeral. We can advise on various catering choices.
A choice of condolence books are available, in which names of those in attendance at a funeral may be recorded. A memory board may be used to display family photographs. Reserved seat markers are available for use in churches.
A canopy is available which provides cover for immediate family members at the graveside. A wireless PA system is also available for use at home or the graveside.
We understand what a difficult and confusing time it is when a friend or relative dies away from home. With our experience in making arrangements for the repatriation to and from Northern Ireland, we are able to coordinate the practicalities and documentation necessary for bringing your loved one home.
After the funeral has taken place you will find that there are many things left to do. The following list includes examples of people to inform about the death and of documents and equipment that may have to be amended or returned.
It is not a comprehensive list covering everyone’s individual circumstances.
- The Bank or Building Society – Accounts may need to be closed and any joint accounts need to be amended
- Solicitor / accountant
- The Inland Revenue
- Housing Executive or Landlord
- The Family Doctor, hospital, dentist, chiropodist etc.- Any outstanding appointments should be cancelled
- National Health Service Equipment – To be returned
- Any Employer, School, College or University
- Social Services and Social Security Office – Form 36 is needed for the Social Security Office. The Registrar of Death provides this white form free.
- Car Insurance -(Documentation will have to be changed as you are not legally insured to drive if the policy is in the Deceased Name
- Credit Card Companies -(Cancel cards and pay up accounts
- Pension companies / life insurance companies / Financial advisor / stockbroker
- Electricity, telephone companies
- Hire purchase companies
- Any professional associations
- Pre booked holidays or events
- Vehicle Registration Documents – To change name of ownership
- Library Books and Tickets
- Club Membership Cards / Season Tickets – A refund may be issued
- Television Licence -(To change name or a refund may be issued
- Rented equipment i.e. TV, video