It can be a daunting experience when making arrangements for a funeral, especially if you have not done this before.
We have created this page to give you an idea of what to expect when making funeral arrangements, what decisions will need to be made, and the available choices.
As always, you can contact us at any time for our complimentary, no-obligation consultation service for funeral arrangements in Gosport, Fareham, Portsmouth & beyond on 01329600050, or by email: email@example.com
At our initial meeting, which can be in our office, Elkin & Bell Funeral Directors Gosport, 186 Nobes Avenue, Bridgemary Po13 0HY or the comfort of your own home, you will meet with either Richard or Hayley, who will work with you for the entirety of the arrangements and be in attendance on the day of the funeral.
We pride ourselves in our family-led approach with traditional values; we can help empower you to share your vision for the funeral service with us. Supporting families in Gosport, Fareham, Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.
Firstly, we will discuss the person who has died, whether the funeral is a burial or cremation and if you would like a separate service held before the committal.
If a funeral plan is in place, the person who has died or their executor may have previously made some decisions regarding the funeral service.
We have official documentation that needs to be completed and signed by the person responsible for the arrangements; as such, we will need to obtain legal information regarding the person who has died and the person responsible for the arrangements.
We can make all of the arrangements during our initial meeting; however, if you prefer to take some notes to discuss with family members and make a follow-up appointment, we are happy to work at a speed you are comfortable with.
As well as the type of funeral service, we will ask whether you would like to visit the person who has died in our private chapel of rest, what kind of clothing you would like them to be wearing and if there are any personal items* or jewellery* that you would like to have returned to you or to remain with them.
*For cremation, we cannot recover personal items or jewellery after the cremation has occurred; we recommend having these items returned to you if you are unsure.
There are many different options available for a funeral service.
First and foremost, we will need to know whether the committal will be a burial or cremation, as different legal documents will need to be completed.
If the choice is cremation, we will ask which crematoria you would like the committal to be held; the most local crematorium is in Portchester, Fareham; however, unless you choose our unattended cremation option, you have the final say.
If a burial is chosen, we will need to know the name of the cemetery, whether there is an existing grave and the details of the last person who was interred (buried) or if you would like us to arrange for a new plot, we will also ask you if the person who has died is a resident of the area where the cemetery is located and if there is a monument (headstone) in place.
Once these decisions have been made, we will discuss the service itself, whether a service is required, if you would like it to be held at the place of committal (cemetery/crematoria), in a church or other place of worship, or at an alternative venue.
If the service is to be held at the cemetery/crematoria, we will discuss the type of officiant you would like to lead the service. We work closely with different officiants; whether you require a religious minister, a non-religious humanist, or a celebrant, we will make recommendations based on our experience.
Remember, you do not have to hold a service at all, or you can take the service yourself or ask a family member/friend to do this on your behalf.
Although we are Funeral Directors based in Gosport, we are able to help with arrangements in Portsmouth and the whole of the UK
Our core funeral packages include everything you need for a simple funeral service.
There are several changes that you can make if you wish; some of these include:
Music is something that can be very important to celebrate the life of a person; it may be the case that certain pieces have already been chosen or mentioned, but if you have to choose pieces from scratch, we have some points you should take into consideration:
As funeral directors specialising in arrangements in Gosport, Fareham, Portsmouth and beyond, we can help you with any and all music arrangements
We have included some further ideas for you to consider, but we will work with you to create a truly meaningful farewell if you have a vision of your own.
Our commitment to you does not end once the funeral service has been held; we are here for you for as long as you need us to be.
We are also able to help you with some of the following:
Contact Elkin & Bell Funeral Directors Gosport for more information about the services we can provide
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