Funeral Directors in Bexley

Bexley Funeral Directors

When someone dies and there is a lot of grief to overcome a funeral director is there to help you make funeral arrangements.

Funeral Costs in Bexley

Funerals are widely seen as expensive but necessary although they can sometimes come at the worst moment.

Bexley Funeral Plans

Now that funerals are becoming more difficult to afford, pre paid funerals are one way to effectively deal with the high costs.

Information on Funeral Costs, Wills & Burials in the Bexley Area

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Mark Brown Co-founder of FuneralGuide.co.uk

How to Find A Caring Bexley Funeral Director

Bexley funeral director

A Funeral Director has become the first port of call for many when a person dies. 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 Bexley Church or Cemetery and arrange a Celebrant for the service.

The Funeral Director: As suggested, they will direct the funeral from start to finish. Arranging the Death Certificate, receiving permissions for burial and plot, and putting together the format for the Bexley funeral service itself.

Come the end you will have organised the basics and drilled down on cost and essentials. 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 does a Funeral in Bexley cost?

Bexley funeral service

The total amount of money spent will differ depending on the type of materials, the extent of service and how elaborate the arrangements. 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 Bexley 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. 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.

A coffin or casket can start from several hundred pounds to several thousand depending on how many furnishings you choose and the style. There are also Cremation costs or for digging in a Bexley burial plot as well as renting the plot itself.

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.

What Are Bexley Funeral Plans Like?

In the modern era, many people now take the time to plan for their death as part of a range of financial products that they receive and take out during their life time. Naturally the older you are the less complacent you might be, law of averages etc.

If you do not have a large estate that is debt free when you pass, relatives may struggle when it comes to paying for your funeral. 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. If you suddenly die, who pays your share of the bills, how does the family cope? 

Or you can simply pay the costs of the funeral in advance and leave the organisation of the service to family and friends.

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. Can you Son or Daughter or Wife afford the costs -would it be easier on them and the grieving process if all way prepared for them? You could organise the entire funeral or simply leave family to choose hymns and prayers that will comfort them.

What's the best way to get a will written up?

A Will and Testament serves as one of the most significant documents in funeral proceedings as a legal document able to aid in any affairs you may have left unattended during your lifetime. Wills have been used for thousands of years, you may be required to have one in the case of financial obligations. It could detail wishes about property and who gets which and what share.

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 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.​​​

Bexley Crematoriums

Bexley crematorium

This is a non religious building but one that respects all faiths, A crematorium is a specific location where services for people who wish to be cremated will be held.

While most are affiliated with a religion, they can accept any kind of service. A crematorium may also be central to a larger cemetery within its grounds. There also tend to be cemeteries on the same grounds. Furthermore, while crematoriums tend to possess some kind of religious affiliation, most are also willing to still accept any service.

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

Which Coroner Should I Use?

In British and most Western law, it is required of the state to announce why a person has died. This person will then decide what the actual cause of the death was and if the scene and body should be preserved or the body can be released to the family for burial.

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.

Is A Mortician Really Necessary?

A Mortuary Technician holds varying positions depending on the amount of people working in the local Mortuary. 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 Bexley?

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. If faith is not an issue, cost might be. Cremation is by far the most popular way to leave this world but is it down to cost?It could be, as cremations are currently a cheaper funeral service over and above that of the costs involved in hiring a burial plot -often up to a £1000 less.

It can also involve the burial of an urn of ashes, as well as a coffin or casket, a Bexley 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. Similar to a traditional burial, loved ones may also prefer the ashes or urn to be buried -Bexley burials tend to be favoured by those who wish to be able to visit their deceased loved one at a designated burial space.

Which Is Best Value for Money: Casket, Coffin or Urn?

Bexley burials

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

An Urn is used to carry ashes and is vase shaped with closure. It can be buried or rest on a Mantelpiece. Urns come with almost as much choice in decoration and style as coffins.

The difference between a casket and a coffin lies in its build. A coffin has six sides with the tapered angle at each end and tend to have one single top. In other religions a standard tapered end coffin will provide for a good burial.

In each instance the final vessel can be as plain or as decorative as you wish. 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 Bexley

Bexley Cemetery

In times gone by, for centuries, a person would live in the same town all their life.

Burial plots in a graveyard maybe separate or plots reserved for families or partners, a Cemetery may be attached to a Crematorium or simply be a field of headstone and graves. For instance if there is a family plot or where loved ones and parters which to be buried together.

In return you will receive a graveyard plot number that corresponds to a certain area and location, the term life of a plot is not forever and is usually on lease or for a set period -this exempts family plots and Mausoleums or Tombs which tend to be renewed as each century passes.

Bexley 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.

Bexley death notices

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.

Including name, place of birth, date died, age, place of death: Possibly accompanied by funeral details, it will reveal details about their characters, achievements and people in their life.

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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