Funeral Directors in Manchester

Manchester Funeral Directors

When a person passes on and you are grieving your loss a funeral director can help you sort things out.

Funeral Costs in Manchester

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

Manchester Funeral Plans

The average funeral cost in 2017 is just shy of £4,000 which means that most people might not be able to afford one – hence funeral plans being one solution.

Read our guide to Funeral Plans, Costs, & Planning Ahead in Greater Manchester

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Mark Brown Co-founder of FuneralGuide.co.uk

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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.

Some can, but the majority of us turn to a reliable and knowledgeable Funeral Director who will assist in everything from contacting a local Priest or religious leader.

These officials organise the service, contact a Celebrant, make sure all documents are correct, ensure grave is dug, pall bearers turn up and transportation is in place. 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. You can use a Funeral Director for all faiths, they will simply make contact with the Priest or religious leader of the local Church, Synagogue, Mosque and make preparation.

Is a Funeral in Manchester expensive?

Manchester funeral service

As death occurs unpredictably in most cases, the costs associated with funerals are commonly a stressor. Part of this format unfortunately is detailing the costs. Every part of a funeral can be broken down into separate costs so you can choose how affordable or elaborate you wish a service to be.

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 Manchester local authority costs involved.

But for the most part, a standard funeral will involve the cost of the Funeral Director’s arrangement fees, the cost of a Celebrant and the person delivering the service, the hire of Religious venue, cost of cremation or burial plot and the choice of casket, coffin and or urn. 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. Cremation will undoubtedly be cheaper than burial and you don’t need to opt for a lengthy Obituary if a Death Notice will suffice.

There will be additional costs if a celebrant. pallbearers, flowers & catering are required, and whoever holds the funeral service for you. All costs will be known beforehand and you can choose the level of elaboration, but a cremation tends to be cheaper than a burial.

What kind of funeral plans are there?

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.

It may be a little daunting but there is method to the madness of organising your own funeral – or at the very least, paying for it. It’s a different story when you’re married, have children, have a business and a mortgage as you care about the people you leave behind.

If you suddenly die, who pays your share of the bills, how does the family cope?

This is what a funeral plan is all about – not ensuring you have the best funeral, best sings played and one people remember for years to come.

But how your family will cope in the event of your death and how they will pay for it – Quite how your estate can settle the funeral bill thirty days after but that’s not the point. Saving up this money incrementally, or simply paying for these costs years in advance, can result in savings of thousands of pounds. Thus, it pays to prepare.

Will writing in Manchester?

Upon a person’s death, a lot of legal mumbo jumbo crops out which can leave their belongings and assets in the wind. 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. Wills also fall under the category of a probate, which definitionally is the process of establishing the validity of the will. Family arguments, was the person sane at the time of writing, is it real, is the estate being handled correctly?

You can appoint an Executor that might be a close family relative, a friend or a solicitor. Beneficiaries are those who will receive what has been listed within your will.

This maybe the sale or distribution of property, the settling of debts and bills and informing people of your passing. 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 Manchester?

Crematoria in Manchester

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.

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. The difference being that the central place a coffin or casket is placed, the Catafalque, will instead be a moveable conveyor where a curtain will drop towards the end of a service, before the body moves on to be cremated while music plays.

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

Manchester coroners & morticians

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. This may involve an Autopsy before body can be released. A medical professional called a Coroner is called to adjudicate and perform a range of tests.

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. 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.

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

Burial Sites in the Manchester Area?

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.

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 Manchester 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. 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.

Which Vessel: Casket, Coffin or Urn?

Manchester Funeral planning

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.

All containers – coffins, caskets, and urns – may be available in a variety of styles and furnishes according to individual preference and budget. 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. Some religions have viewing as a main part of the funeral service, in which case elaborate caskets with furnishings are used. A casket is rectangular in shape, while also hinged on one side, usually a split top so only the head and chest visible during a viewing.

Although coffins and caskets may be decorated – the latter is often the choice for many people. Both can be made of different materials and suitable for Humanist and Green burials -it is typical for a coffin to be used for cremation and both can be made from green materials for a Humanist or Green burial.

Cemeteries & Graveyards in Manchester

Manchester Cemeteries

Most religions prefer burial over cremation, some enable both, they can be burials that are marked as in Christianity or unmarked if a Humanist funeral.

Burials may be marked according to Christian tradition, or may be unmarked as per a Humanist tradition. More and more people are choosing cremation over burial. For a variety of reasons, costs vs not being buried underground.

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.

Manchester Obituaries

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Obituaries serve as the customary means of publicly announcing an individual’s passing as well as details of the funeral.

There is a more detailed version which can accompany or be separate, this is an Obituary, it is similar to a Eulogy except in print form. It will announce the persons Name, Date of Birth, Town born, Town died in and may offer a short biography and details about their life, and may include a picture, recent or younger, it is optional.

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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