Funeral Directors in Fulham

Fulham 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 Fulham

Paying for a funeral in Fulham doesn’t have to be expensive and yet can usually still include most of the things you wanted.

Fulham 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.

Guide to Funeral Plans, Costs, Wills in Fulham

Mark Brown Co-founder of FuneralGuide.co.uk

Finding The Perfect Funeral Director in Fulham

I am very sure that hundreds of thousands of people each year would find it enormously difficult to organise a funeral if it wasn’t for Funeral Directors. Grieving humans simply cannot switch off emotions and make the many calls and arrangements required to get all parts moving.

Funeral directors are able to assist individuals and families of all faiths – whether you identify as Jewish, a member of the Church of England, Catholic, or Hindu. As such, they are also able to contact priests, deacons, or any other preferred religious leaders.

Essentially they can help you deal with the planning of the funeral and all the legal aspects. In a calm manner you will be asked a series of questions that will take only half an hour.

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 does a Fulham Funeral cost?

You can have a cheaper funeral 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.

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 Fulham local authority costs involved.

If you do wish to have some part of the service that is more special, you may prefer to organise a send-off proceeding that is personalised. When a Funeral Director meets to arrange the service, they will offer you a piece of paper with headings and a list of check boxes, although not listed, each will have a cost.

Depending on how much you want to spend (or how flamboyant you’d like to be), choosing a coffin or casket can set you back a few hundred to a few thousand pounds. The third party costs will also include payments for burial – the earth has to be moved by someone and the rental of the Fulham plot, or Cremation costs.

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.

Funeral Plans in Fulham

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. It really depends on your state of mind and who you’re talking to. 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. As explained above, they are not cheap and in the future won’t be costing less, in fact up to three times more by the time you die.

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. There is also a more comforting reason for getting a pre paid 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.

Fulham Will Writing Services

When a person dies a lot of a person's affairs can be left unattended to. Wills have been used for thousands of years, you may be required to have one in the case of financial obligations. You can make this the easiest task in the world by using a Will and Testament before you die to document what you own and how you wish it to be distributed after you depart.

An Executor tends to be named, who will oversee the dishing out of money, property and investments to named beneficiaries. Undoubtedly a Will serves as a document to answer all your relatives’ questions. State an Executor – the person will organise everything, the beneficiaries – names of the people you wish to receive your estate, list the assets and sign and have it witnessed.

The solicitor is the person that has been named the executor of the will. Others names and to receive items will be termed beneficiaries.

This maybe the sale or distribution of property, the settling of debts and bills and informing people of your passing. A will comes highly recommended regardless of your situation and for many indisputable reasons – your estate, family, mortgage obligations, etc.

How do I choose a crematorium in Fulham?

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. 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.

The service, much like in a Church, can proceed with the same religious connotations, with a Celebrant, readings, prayers and hymns sung.

What About The Coroner?

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.

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 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. One person may see out all duties, embalming, body preparation, cosmetics and assist in any legal investigation or rituals. Not every religion will require services such as embalming, but usually a Mortician is not a choice.

Burial Sites in Fulham

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 cost is a concern, cremation tends to be the less expensive option, though certain religions may designate preferences for particular services.

Some families in the UK who have lived in an area for generations have family burial plots at their local Church and Graveyard – this allows people to return and pay respects annually or whenever they miss their Mum, Dad or significant other. Likewise a cremation will allow for relatives to accept ashes in a small urn as a keepsake, cremation is the turning of a body and coffin into ashes, so the person may be buried, placed in a mausoleum or ashes scattered.

The Choice of Casket, Coffin or Urn

Whether a body has been cremated or is to be buried, a casket, coffin, or urn will be needed.

An Urn is used to carry ashes and is vase shaped with closure. It can be buried or rest on a Mantelpiece. Most people today opt for cremation in the UK, with ashes ending up in a Urn that will either be kept in a Mausoleum, on a family burial plot or buried or with ashes scattered using the Scatter Tube.

Firstly, a casket is actually different to a coffin. What’s the difference? The distinctions are that a coffin has tapered ends that slope inwards at the head and the feet and have a six sided top, usually hinged and open entirely when offered for viewing. 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.

A casket however tends to be dressed more elaborately, is rectangular shaped and has a split cover for viewing. Using any kind of materials and the cost will be the difference.

Fulham Cemeteries & Graveyards

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. 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.

Fulham 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.

At National level, more can be alerted to the funeral – it’s a more flamboyant way of notifying of a death but also can be more personal than a death notice.

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