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Funeral Directors in Dorset

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Dorset Funeral Directors

A funeral director is there for you while you are in mourning and somewhat less able of managing and arranging a funeral yourself.

Funeral Costs in Dorset

You can freeze funeral costs at today's prices so you don't pay over the odds when the time comes. Funerals invariably tend to come at a time we least expect.

Dorset Funeral Plans

Currently, being able to afford a funeral is not a luxury many families have, funeral plans offer a way to afford it. Once setup, when the time comes, one phone call is all it takes and the funeral director follows your pre-agreed wishes.

Guide to Funeral Directors, Planning Ahead, Expenses, Wills & More...

Mark Brown Co-founder of FuneralGuide.co.uk

What To Look Out For In A Dorset Funeral Director

Death. It’s not something that everyone can handle, especially the first time round – perhaps never. Offering advice and organising a celebrant no matter which religion you hold faith in.

Whether it is organising the Dorset Church funeral service and cemetery details, speaking to relevant authorities, or arranging a celebrant.

Essentially they can help you deal with the planning of the funeral and all the legal aspects. Arranging the Death Certificate, receiving permissions for burial and plot, and putting together the format for the Dorset funeral service itself.

They don’t really have just one job and very good ones are excellent at communicating with empathy, which is much needed after losing a loved one. The reason people in mourning use funeral directors is due to this, the planning, flowers, casket or coffin and more, although this does come with a cost.

How much does a Funeral in Dorset cost?

When the Funeral Director visits to reassure and comfort you in your time of need, he will introduce you to the ways of how a funeral service is put together. Alternatively you can have an embellished send off where costs do not matter.

The general outlay is usually for the Funeral Director fees, the collective primary costs of the funeral itself from coffin to service and burial, and then there are also Dorset local authority costs involved.

The fees you are paying for include completing a certificate of death, liaising with cemeteries and if required any religious people. The primary costs you will want to ready yourself for, however, include those for the funeral director, the collective primary costs of the funeral itself – including the coffin and burial – as well as any local authority fees involved.

Funeral director fees tend to be straightforward and typically do not exceed more than a few hundred pounds. The services performed by the funeral director are listed above. The fees will primarily be documented through the use of check boxes that you may tick off throughout the planning process, the coffin or casket may cost you from several hundred to several thousand pounds.

This variance depends on your desired extravagance in regards to your choice of furnishing and style, furthermore, you may also expect third party costs, which include both securing a plot for the burial as well as having the space dug up for the coffin or casket. Whatever you choose you should be informed of total cost and an exact breakdown of what they cover.

Questions about funeral plans?

Although death is evidently still unpredictable under most circumstances, it has become common practice to make arrangements for one’s funeral in life – most commonly, these include financial plans, such as investments and mortgages It is also common and recommended for individuals to take out life insurance, as it is the best way to ensure the protection of your family and loved ones’ interests.

A single person who rents a flat doesn’t get life insurance, why bother? Creating a will gives you the opportunity to provide your family or loved ones directly with clear-cut instructions on how you wish to finance your funeral, whether through your estate or a pre paid funeral plan.

A Funeral Plan is an easy way of paying for a funeral in instalments over a period of a year or multiple years.

Typically, this will mean monthly or annual payments until sufficient funding is achieved to cover the funeral costs.

There is also a more comforting reason for getting a Funeral Plan and that’s the consideration of your immediate family. Whether monthly for years or a few years, you can pay for a funeral in advance, organising as little as much as you want.

Your will & testament

When a person dies a lot of a person’s affairs can be left unattended to. For several hundred years the British have enabled a hand me down clause called a Will and Testament. These properties may include investments, cash in your accounts, as well as personal items such as jewellery, furniture, or any cars you may own.

It essentially details who in your life gets what – or how much of something – and when. They are concrete documents in the eyes of the law but there are occasions when this Probate can be questioned in the courts and contested. Family arguments, was the person sane at the time of writing, is it real, is the estate being handled correctly?

A single person or Solicitor will usually be named in the will as the Executor, he who will deal with the estate. Others names and to receive items will be termed beneficiaries.

A will can either be opened upon death or a Living Will can be enacted when a person no longer has control over themselves. The only way to ensure your beneficiaries, family members receive your belongings and estate is to have a will and testament written up.

Cremation or Burial? 

In appearance, crematoriums tend to physically resemble churches in that they possess seating for the congregation and an elevated stage for the Celebrant.

In addition, crematoriums contain what is known as a Catafalque, which is able to display a casket or coffin until it is moved behind a curtain whereby it will be cremated. A Dorset based Funeral Director, if guided to offer cremation will contact a local Crematorium.

A celebrant can be used to deliver the service in the style or faith wished and eulogies, prayers and hymns will be sung.

Is a coroner required?

If a person’s death cannot be explained, the Coroner will decide the cause and make further investigation until a decision has been arrived at. When the police and a doctor cannot determine without a doubt why a person has died.

Through inspection, or an autopsy, the coroner will be able to determine the cause of death, if the body should be preserved, as well as if the body may be released to the family for burial. In cases where an autopsy is performed, religious practices will typically be observed as far as it is appropriate under the circumstances.

And the mortician?

In the UK a Mortician doesn’t usually attend to the entire funeral process and primarily deals with the person themselves. Termed a Mortuary Technician, they will embalm and prepare the body for a funeral. The processes include cleaning, embalming and applying cosmetics – the Mortician may also be required to assist the County Coroner in providing samples.

Burial Sites in Dorset?

As previously indicated, Hindus, Catholics and Christians and many other religions each have different requirements on how interment / burial of body or ashes should proceed. The religion or personal preference may dictate which method is used, a burial can take place in a cemetery or woodland or open field if a Humanist or Green funeral.

It can also involve the burial of an urn of ashes, as well as a coffin or casket, a Dorset burial plot and grave may enable family and friends to visit on occasion, for some it may be a personal wish of the deceased, to have ashes scattered at a favorite place or buried near a loved one or a family burial plot. Dorset ba

Which Vessel?

There are three types of vessel which are used as a method of either burial, cremation or to place the ashes in a final resting place.

In either instance, most if not all will require the body to be cremated within the confines of a coffin or casket. If you then wish to have ashes placed in an urn, there are also a varying degree of styles you can choose also.

However a casket is rectangular and often has split top for viewing and a coffin has tapered ends and six sides to the top. There may even be multiple Urns shared amongst the family’s relatives. Urns can be buried as well as placed in a Mausoleum. Many people ask what the difference is between a coffin and a casket – the former is the enclosure that has the tapered ends and six sided top, with a hinged whole cover.

Both casket and coffin can be used for burial and cremation: The exception being that all furnishings must be wooden or cardboard, any elaborate handles or designs should be for burials only. Different woods, metals, materials can be chosen for either, the Urn too can be made of different materials and of varying decoration.

Cemeteries & Graveyards in Dorset

While some religions state particular preferences for either a burial or cremation service, some allow for either.

Burials may be marked according to Christian tradition, or may be unmarked as per a Humanist tradition. For instance if there is a family plot or where loved ones and parters which to be buried together.

Usually attached to a place of worship such as a church, it allows a memorial statue or headstone so that family can visit to hold vigil or simply catch up on what’s new.

Dorset Obituaries

If you've ever flicked through all the pages of a Newspaper you’ll have find a small section buried in the classifieds which is used to announce Births, Deaths and Marriages.

An Obituary is a bit like a Death Notice, only more informative. A Death Notice is the small square placed in the Classifieds section for Births Deaths and Marriages, only it is a bit more detailed and can be quite lengthy.

Instead of trying to figure who may wish to be notified, it is much easier to list an Obituary in several newspapers where the person grew up, lived long periods or in workplace magazines: Details you may include are place of birth, date of birth, place died and age -information about their career, personal achievements and characteristics and often the time, date and location of the funeral.

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"After my father passed without any arrangements, I had to sort everything out, it was difficult. I quickly decided that I didn’t want to leave my kids with that kind of burden. Now, I pay a small monthly amount and it’s such a relief..." -  Steve Bailey, Hertfordshire
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