Funeral Directors in Christchurch

Christchurch Funeral Directors

When a person dies and you are finding it difficult to focus there is a single person that can help you arrange a funeral.

Funeral Costs in Christchurch

When funerals are planned the cost can vary from around £1,200 to over £10,000 - sometimes when it’s least expected.

Christchurch Funeral Plans

Currently, being able to afford a funeral is not a luxury many families have, pre paid funeral plans offer these people a way to afford it.

Guide to funeral planning, associated costs, will writing in the Christchurch area...

Christchurch funeral guide

Mark Brown Co-founder of FuneralGuide.co.uk

How do I find a decent funeral director in Christchurch, one I can rely on?

Christchurch funeral director

Death. It’s not something that everyone can handle, especially the first time round – perhaps never. We lose focus, dither and tend to depend on people around us for support, hardly surprising.

Talking to the authorities, completing paperwork, talking with representatives from a Christchurch Church or Cemetery and arrange a Celebrant for the service.

They are the person or group of people that arrange your funeral and tidy up all needed documents. Funeral directors are also equipped with the knowledge to navigate all of the legal aspects of the funeral.

For instance, authorities need notifying, certificates are required for both the death and burial or cremation. While they will help you plan, issue a public Death Notice and organise flowers and choose a casket, their service will cost more than doing it yourself.

How much will a Funeral in Christchurch set me back?

Christchurch funeral planning

You can have a cheaperfuneral by not being flamboyant about proceedings and sticking to the essentials. If on the other hand costs are not an issue, another option could be a full blown ceremony, memorial and everything you would like.

Planning a modest funeral and sticking to the essentials, for instance, may be in your best interest if you are creating these arrangements on a budget.

A service fee for the celebrant leading the service, cost of coffin, casket and or urn. The main amount will be check boxes that you will tick when you start planning and arranging the funeral.

Every cost will be known at the planing stage. 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.

Other costs include funeral celebrant and whoever holds the funeral service, if you decide you would like to hire a hearse, pallbearers, flowers, catering, etc. Whatever you choose you should be informed of total cost and an exact breakdown of what they cover.

What about funeral plans in Christchurch?

If you get a leaflet through the door asking the morbid question of if you’d like to prepare for your own funeral, it might be worthwhile taking a second look. 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.

Banks and other relevant institutions may also recommend the creation of a will for the same purpose. Within the will, you will be instructing your family or relatives the ability to pay for your funeral from your estate or pre-funded through 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. While it is possible for a funeral to be paid for from your estate, once it clears probate, there is no guarantee that there will be enough money.

Without a doubt you will be saving your remaining estate some money, it may be a considerable amount depending on the amount of time between final payment of the funeral plan and the time of your death. It is not unknown for funeral costs to rocket 300% over the course of twenty years. There is no real downside other than saving on increased funeral costs further down the line.

Is there a good choice of will writing services in Christchurch, Dorset?

Probate. Government. The Law. When you die your life on Planet Earth is over but the issue of your Estate – personal belongings, property, assets and investments – that is something very much on the agenda. A person testifies their will through a legal written note, usually observed by a solicitor, that they wish such and such a person to receive their worldly belongings.

An Executor tends to be named, who will oversee the dishing out of money, property and investments to named beneficiaries. It’s a piece of paper that tidies up who gets what, how much and when, it falls under the category of Probate. Wills may also establish permission of local authorities to issue control of an estate to a single person or solicitor after an individual has passed away, as long as it is not contested.

The solicitor is the person that has been named the executor of the will. Other persons and names receiving other property or items as stated in the will are referred to as beneficiaries.

After a death may the will be opened, unless it is a living will in which case it can be opened only when said individual no longer has control over themselves. It is advisable to always have a Will, especially if you have a mortgage and a family, no matter your age and they can often be drawn up for next to no cost online or available from your bank.

How do I choose a crematorium in Christchurch?

Christchurch crematoria

A Crematorium is similar to a Church in that it has seats for the congregation, an elevated stage for a celebrant but also includes a Catafalque which will display the coffin or casket until it moves beyond a curtain and the body is cremated.

A Crematorium is a building which houses a reception area, can hold a congregation and provide a full religious funeral service just as you would expect from a Church. A crematorium may be cheaper than a Church service, mainly due to the inherent costs of a Christchurch burial.

If cremation is preferred, a funeral director will likely be able to direct you to the nearest crematorium for the appropriate service. Like that which may take place in a Christchurch church, the service may proceed with the same religious connotations, with the inclusion of readings, prayers, and hymns.

The Coroner

Every death in the UK has to be recorded – the next stage of a funeral or burial cannot continue with each document being presented. But however grim the situation may sound, it is nevertheless not unusual for a coroner to be called. It may not mean there has been a crime committed, however further investigation may be required by a forensic professional and one that can perform an autopsy if required.

The Mortician

Mortuary technicians, one or many, area very integral part of the process. They are tasked with preparing a body as per religious requests, beautifying and or making natural the person, and readying the body for viewing before a funeral takes place. As well as assisting with legal cases as directed by a Coroner, the body will most likely be embalmed too.

Burial Sites in Christchurch?

There are two ways our bodies are religiously defined on the day of interment, through cremation and or burial, for difference of opinion or religion, people have different takes on death.

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.

If a personal or family preference then Cremation may enable to dispersal of ash or in some traditions the ability to split ashes and for them to betaken home by different family members. Some people choose to be buried next to their partner, even if twenty years apart -most faiths allow this, even inter faith to be buried next to each other.

Choice of Casket, Coffin or Urn

Christchurch Burials

Every religion has different requirements for a funeral and they may or may not permit cremation or might insist upon cremation over burial.

In either instance, most if not all will require the body to be cremated within the confines of a coffin or casket. Urns come with almost as much choice in decoration and style as coffins.

Before cremation takes place however, a coffin or casket needs to be decided upon. While a coffin has six sides with a tapered angle at each end, a casket has four sides with a split top that enables it to be open for viewing. A casket however has only four sides and will have a split top, enabling one half of the casket to be open for viewing.

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 Christchurch

Christchurch Cemetery

These of usually the grounds of a Church or religion building of faith, they will be the final resting place of the deceased.

In some towns and villages Churches have small Graveyards attached, in others and often connected to a Cemetery, there is a winding backdrop of open field that contains hundreds if not thousands of graves. Individuals or families may also state preferences regarding the grave, such as those cases in which there may already exist a family plot.

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.

Christchurch Obituaries

It is very difficult to inform people you don’t know existed in the deceased’s life, of their death. You could view their book of contacts in either book, computer or phone format but you don’t really know how close the people are.

In newspapers, these may appear as death notices, or as more detailed obituary accounts – which tend to be preferred.

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.

Christchurch obituaries

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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