Funeral Directors in Maidstone

Maidstone 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 Maidstone

Although funerals aren’t seen as cheap they are understood to happen, understandably, without warning.

Maidstone Funeral Plans

Even nowadays, most Brits do not sit down to spend time planning their death wishes and yet the average burial cost stands at £4,257.

You Can Stop The Spiralling Cost of Funerals By Leveraging A Funeral Plan...

Mark Brown Co-founder of FuneralGuide.co.uk

Maidstone Funeral Directors & Finding A Good One!

Funeral directors serve as specialised individuals available to help you when you are in need of planning a funeral. Grieving humans simply cannot switch off emotions and make the many calls and arrangements required to get all parts moving.

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

The Funeral Director: As suggested, they will direct the funeral from start to finish. In a calm manner you will be asked a series of questions that will take only half an hour.

Come the end you will have organised the basics and drilled down on cost and essentials. A funeral director will be able to explain in more detail most requirements and the convenience is often why people choose to have one, but this does come at extra cost.

How much does a Funeral in Maidstone 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. If on the other hand costs are not an issue, another option could be a full blown ceremony, memorial and everything you would like. 

Most of the costs of the funeral goes toward funeral director fees, coffin, service, burial, the actual funeral and any local authority charges.

The costs for a Maidstone Funeral Director are pretty straight forward and will be a basic fee for arranging certification of death, setting aside billing amounts for the time it takes to talk to Cemeteries, religious leaders and shouldn’t be more than a few hundred pounds. Additional items that may hike up the cost are the materials used in the making or urn or coffin and furnishings used, flowers, hiring bearers, the type of transportation used in a funeral procession and whether any catering will be required.

Every cost will be known at the planing stage. The third party costs will also include payments for burial – the earth has to be moved by someone and the rental of the Maidstone plot,or Cremation costs.

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. Finally, there will also be costs for the Celebrant, as well as any hearse hire, catering, floral services, bearers, and facility use.

Are Funeral Plans Also Available To Local Over 50's?

A Funeral Plan is a document that is enacted upon your death, it will have been arranged on your behalf by yourself to cater for all or most of the cost connected to your own funeral. You will either pay a lump sum or a series of payments over many years.

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.

Such an arrangement may be completed with a funeral home through a process that fixes the costs for the planned services the year you create the plan. Typically, this will mean monthly or annual payments until sufficient funding is achieved to cover the funeral costs.

Paying for a funeral in advance protects your family from having to find the cost after you have died and lessens the stress at a time of grieving. Paying in advance by ten or fifteen years can also save thousands of pounds.

What about will writing, who should I use?

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. It could detail wishes about property and who gets which and what share.

If a person doesn’t have property or a loved one, they may not care for a will, but many opt for at least a simple Will to ensure loved ones are catered for and the process is made more simple if they suddenly die. 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. Well most and usually financially related, although you can place anything in a Will to be read out after.

You can appoint an Executor that might be a close family relative, a friend or a solicitor. Upon your death, they will be informed and they can begin enacting the contents of the will.

A will may be opened upon the death of an individual or may be enacted as a Living Will under circumstances where the individual does not have control over themselves. A will comes highly recommended regardless of your situation and for many indisputable reasons – your estate, family, mortgage obligations, etc.

Selecting a crematorium in Maidstone

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.

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. It is possible to hold a religious service inside a Crematorium and a Funeral Director will assist with the panning and finding a suitable Celebrant to run the service.

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

The Coroner & Mortician...

Coroners are professionals that may be called to inspect a body if local authorities – as adjudicated by the local police force – have deemed a person’s death to be suspicious or due to an unknown cause.

This may involve an Autopsy before body can be released.

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.

In the United Kingdom, the duties of a mortician – also known as a mortuary technician – involve attending to the body itself rather than any other aspects of the funeral planning process. Termed a Mortuary Technician, they will embalm and prepare the body for a funeral.

Not every religion will require services such as embalming, but usually a Mortician is not a choice.

Burial Sites in Maidstone

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.

Each and every religion has different commandments on how a burial or cremation should proceed.

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.

Casket, Coffin or Urn - How do I choose?

People can decide two ways in which they can have their body returned to the world and three ways in which that vessel and journey will take.

Cremation or buried or both and using a coffin, casket or an Urn. If you then wish to have ashes placed in an urn, there are also a varying degree of styles you can choose also.

Firstly, a casket is actually different to a coffin. Some religions have viewing as a main part of the funeral service, in which case elaborate caskets with furnishings are used. Certain other religious traditions require a coffin with a tapered ending.

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 Maidstone

In towns and cities across the country you can find areas where there are rows of headstones upon headstones in regimental order.

It may also be personal preference to choose a grave rather than other means. Individuals or families may also state preferences regarding the grave, such as those cases in which there may already exist a family plot.

Plots work on a rental basis and this will be arranged with a funeral direct and renewed on a tenure basis, similar options are mausoleum where coffins or caskets may be placed.

Maidstone 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.

This is the most likely place you will find an extended Death Notice termed an Obituary – occasionally and often when a person is more widely known, a half page spread can betaken out to write witty commentary about the person who has died.

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