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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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A Few Kind Words...

“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

“Just a note to say a huge thank you to yourself and the wonderful team at Send Greenwoods, they took care of us all yesterday at Les Ingram’s funeral. I’ve really valued your help and support over the last few weeks and the wonderful men yesterday went beyond their ‘call of duty’. They were certainly there at our great time of need. Please pass on my thanks to everyone. I also enclose four more donations. Many thanks again.”

Judith Hookins

“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

“Would you please pass on our thanks to the young lady who conducted the burial of Joyce Ashby last week. She was so kind to Jean my very elderly cousin especially on the ride back in the Limo taking us through Richmond Park and chatting all the way. We then went on to have a family picnic in Jean’s garden in the sunshine a lovely way to remember Joyce and the perfect day for Jean. Very many thanks from all of us in North Wales.”

Sheila, Keith & Rhoada Ashby

“You make an extremely difficult time easier. Dad’s service was very fitting and I was so pleased to see him dressed in his uniform and hold his had one last time, Jess you did a lovely job. Thank you so so much.”

Clare

“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

“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

“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

“Thank you so much for the care, support, compassion and understanding you showed with helping Chris and us to plan his funeral. You made a very difficult time for us more bearable for which we are very grateful. Thank you also for enabling all Chris’s plans to come to fruition. His ‘send-off’ was exactly what he wanted. Malcolm did a brilliant job too. Thank you, Jane, With love and sincere, thank you.”

Kathy, Samantha, Rosie and all the Sayer Family

“Thank you so much for the care you took of mum and help and kindness you showed us making a very sad time so much easier to bear. With very best wishes and a very big thank you.”

Claire, David & Pia Stevens

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