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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

Cremation or Burial?

Has Someone Passed Away?

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Cremation or Burial?

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A Few Kind Words...

“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 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

“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

“The family would like to thank you and the whole team at Greenwood’s for your warm and professional service. We were delighted with your attention to detail and the relaxed but respectful manner of the Attendant and Bearers on the day itself. Many of our friends commented on the ‘dignity with lightness of touch’ and said it was one of the best-organised funerals they had attended. It was certainly a very different experience from my father’s funeral twelve years ago, and we shall recommend you wholeheartedly to others.”

Carole Day and Family

“As a family we cannot thank you enough for all your care and support of us on the passing of our mum – Peggy Hart on October 19th and her funeral on October 31st. As we know from the past, you do a wonderful job and all the staff are so caring and compassionate. Carol you are a rock (dare I say Star!) as you guided us through so much and helped keep us on track.

The day went off so smoothly and well. Mum looked good and would have so enjoyed her last ride in the jag! Also she would have been pleased at Alan leading the way, as Dad – Bill thought so highly of him and always spoke of him in glowing terms when he was alive and said he was a great guy to work with.

Thank you, thank you, what more can I say. I just wish you had offices in Canada so when my time comes, I know I would be in such excellent caring hands.”

Maggie & Mike Raftery

“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

“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

“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

“I just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for everything you have done over the last two weeks. When I walked into Alan Greenwood’s on the 5th November I didn’t know where or how I was going to organise my lovely Mum’s funeral and the thought of it horrified me, you made a daunting job so much easier and were there to guide me all the way until the day of the funeral.”

I can’t thank you enough for your kind words, thoughts and help during this very difficult time. Losing someone as precious as mum is very hard but you helped so much. Thank you for everything you have done for mum, myself and my family.”

Sue, Mundy, Luke and Faye

“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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