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Cremation or Burial?

Cremation

Cremation is where the body of someone who has passed is burned and the ashes remain. When someone is cremated, the ashes are passed onto close friends or family who will then be able to choose what they wish to do with the ashes.

There are many different options for what to do with the ashes of a loved one, from keeping them in a traditional urn, spreading them in nature, creating jewellery or even incorporating them within art or a tattoo. There are lots of ways to have your loved one with you after their cremation. 

If you choose to have a cremation, the Funeral Director will arrange for the necessary forms to be completed and signed by yourself. The doctor who attended the deceased during their illness will need to sign a Form 4, and a second doctor will have to sign a Form 5, which will either be done at the hospital, or arranged by the Funeral Director. 

A fee is payable for these and will be paid on your behalf by the Funeral Director. In the case of a coroner’s post-mortem, the Forms 4 and 5 are not required. 

Most cremations will have a chapel service, but if you prefer you can have a service in a church first and then follow on to the crematorium.

Burial

Burial is where the body of the deceased is interred into the ground, a tomb or a mausoleum after the funeral service. Sometimes religion means that burial is the only option, however there are some people who still prefer to have a burial over a cremation.

When a burial is carried out, you will likely have a gravestone or tombstone which signifies the resting place of the individual, and some family members and friends will visit the graveside to remember their loved one. Burial is an option for those who wish to be buried with their partner or family or who have a plot that they have previously chosen. 

When you have a burial, you can either have a service at the church or by the graveside beforehand if you would like. If you have an existing grave, we will need the deeds to the grave, or some documents relating to the grave. If you do not have either of these we will help you. If you do not have an existing grave we will arrange the purchase of a new one with you.

We will discuss your options and costs with you when making arrangements, including; purchasing a new grave, opening an existing grave, or the removal and replacement of an existing memorial. 

Whatever your choice of funeral the Funeral Director will make all the necessary arrangements on your behalf.

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Cremation

Simple Service, including local crematorium or cemetery, terms apply – £1995

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Has Someone Passed Away?

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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

“I cannot believe that a month has passed since we first met, the day after Brian died. Within a short time of our encounter, I know that an occasion I had always dreaded would be transformed into a positive, memorable occasion – and so it was!

Your warm and practical attitude, as well as highly professional advice, immediately instils confidence. Every detail of the proceedings is meticulously explained and I felt completely relaxed. Thank you Jess for making everything work so well. You are a remarkable lady with a definite vocation and I wish you all the very best for the future. I felt I found a real, new friend, just when I needed it most.”

Irene

“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

“Just a wee note to say a huge thank you for your amazing support, care and friendship when helping us to arrange my dad’s funeral. Although it was such a difficult time for us as a family, you ensured that we were so well looked after & that everything went perfectly. Our tears often turned to laughter in your company & that’s because you helped us remember the good times.

Thank you for everything from the bottom of our hearts. We would also like to thank the whole team involved in helping before, during and after my dad’s funeral. You truly are amazing, showing such dignity, compassion, care and professionalism. Thank you.”

Karen, Anna & family

“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 for all your kind attention during the funeral of my husband John on the 24th May. The arrangements were so efficiently and sympathetically handled that it lifted a huge burden from my shoulders. I enclose a cheque in favour of the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of my beloved John.”

Catherine Waterman

“Thank you very much indeed for all your professionalism, support and guidance throughout the whole process involved in caring for my mother.

From the moment we met the staff at Holmwood Nursing Home until my collection of thank you notelets for my father to use I felt that everything was conducted in a most efficient and sensitive manner. I know that Clive spent a good deal of time with you and I was so pleased that we were able to have such a beautiful service very soon after the passing of our dear mother and wife. With thanks once again”

Jane Reg & Clive

“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

“We would like to thank you very much for looking after Mum and for all the arrangements you made for her funeral last Thursday. Your professionalism, help and ready advice together with your sensitivity at such a difficult time was much appreciated by us all. Our best regards.”

Nigel, Colin Ian & Coraine Ferguson

“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

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