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How to Arrange a Funeral

Who is responsible for making the arrangements? 

The person who makes the arrangements must be able to give instructions and be able to sign documents regarding the funeral arrangements. This person will also be responsible for arranging payment of the funeral. This could be a friend or relative, or someone appointed by the family to manage the arrangements.

What to consider when planning a funeral

Planning a funeral can be a very daunting task at first, but we can help make the process easier for you. There are a few things you will need to consider when making arrangements such as what type of funeral your loved one would have wanted, or what the costs may be. We offer a range of services and are happy to run through any questions you may have when planning a funeral. 

Steps to arranging a funeral

1. Contact a funeral director

The first step when planning a funeral is to contact a funeral director such as Alan Greenwood & Sons. We will be able to answer any questions you may have, explain your options and begin the process of arranging the funeral. 

One of the questions we will ask you when you get in touch is where the deceased is. We will collect them as soon as possible and bring them into our care. We will either arrange to meet you in our funeral home or arrange to see you at your home to make the funeral arrangements, whichever is easiest for you. 

We will make all necessary arrangements with officiating clergy, cemeteries or crematoriums and assist you in the completion of documentation. You will receive confirmation of all arrangements and a detailed estimate of costs which we can discuss with you. 

Information we may need from you

When planning a funeral, there will be a few things we will need to check with you before finalising any plans. These will include:

  • Name, address and age of the deceased
  • Location of the deceased
  • Name and contact details of their doctor
  • Whether a death certificate has been issued
  • Whether the funeral is to be religious or non-religious ceremony
  • Number of limousines required (each carries 6 people)
  • The location the cortege will leave from
  • The location you will return to

If you are unsure of any of these details, we can help you to locate the information and talk you through the options that you have.

2. Choose the type of funeral

When planning a funeral, it is common to choose something in line with the personality of the deceased. For example, this could be a religious ceremony if the person was religious, or a wicker coffin for those who were conscious about the environment. 

Where the funeral will take place is another step in the planning process. This could be in a church, cremation chapel, at the graveside or somewhere else. We can discuss the options with you and find something that suits the wishes of the deceased and the loved ones attending the ceremony. 

3. Choose cremation or burial

There is also the consideration of burial or cremation. It may be that the deceased expressed their preference before their passing, or this may be a decision that the deceased’s loved ones will need to make. 

4. Plan the service

We can help you plan the service and prepare for the funeral. We can help and support you on all aspects of the day, including; service sheets, floral tributes, catering and vehicles for close family and friends. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your options and the different services that we offer. Whatever your requirements are, we can help and arrange it for you.

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How to Arrange a Funeral

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A Few Kind Words...

“Dear David and Hannah,
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for all your help and support over the last month or so.
The funeral was just as it should have been.
Your staff were lovely and the day went without a hitch.”

Michele & Caroline

“I would like to say a big thank you for everything. I had nothing to worry about, it all went so smoothly from the day of his death to the end of the funeral and in the circumstances could not have been better. Thank you so much.

I don’t have a great deal of experience in these matters, but compared to the other funeral directors I had to deal with, Greenwoods are the tops and you personally were a pleasure to deal with, you hit absolutely the right note.”

Ann Bishop

“Thank you so much for the way you took care of Loui’s funeral for us. You really went the extra mile, we are really grateful for all your help with the arrangements with Louis and Mum.”

Sheila, Kenny & Family

“We would like to thank you for a friendly and professional service and especially Adam who made a good job of the service, and a big thanks to Jane who was a great help and showed much kindness. We would recommend your company.”

Chris & Mike Whalen

“Thank you for the care and support you gave to us all at the funeral of Annette Streetley, we did appreciate you kindness as we first stepped through the door at your Claygate branch and the days following. I know Tony, Rachel & Andrew were extremely grateful”

David & Betty Wakeford

“How can we say thank you for all you did to make Robert (Bob’s) funeral so lovely? We felt you worked so hard ,with your company and the Church to make everything so nice. So once again thank you.”

Wendy Dennis & Brenda

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you did for us. You certainly made a very emotional and difficult time so much easier to bear. We are so grateful for the support you gave us and your gentle guidance along the way. Everything was perfect thanks to you and we would highly recommend you to all. With very best wishes.”

Family of Stanley Stearman

“Dear Beth,

Just a short note from all of us to say “Thank You” for all the effort that you applied to ensure that Sarah’s funeral passed so seamlessly.

If it can be described as a “Great Day” (which I know will sound odd) I mean it purely in terms of the balance between sadness and celebration was met – that also the weather was perfect, the co-ordination between service and committal was excellent, the flowers so beautiful and everyone played their part so well. It was largely down to you that it did work so well.

So a “Big Thank You”

Barry, Jemma, Matthew, Josie and William

“Lynn, Bruce and I thank you so much for the wonderful understanding and help you have given us over the past days.It has been a difficult time but made so much easier by your guidance. With your kindness, we feel we managed to say our goodbyes to ‘Roger’, ‘Dad’ and ‘Grandy’ – showing our love and thanks to him for looking after us so perfectly over the years.”

Pat Clark

To Lisa and all at Greenwood’s
Thank you for all the care and professionalism you have shown whilst caring for my Dad.
Thanks also for being so wonderful whilst looking after Diane and me, we are so grateful,
you took the pressure away from us during a very stressful time.

Sally and Diane

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