Practical Advice

Practical advice – what to do in the event of a death

 

Losing a loved one

The loss of a loved one, no matter how we may feel we are prepared, is still a shocking event. When faced with a bereavement, we all have our own way of coping with the emotional pain. For some, the confusion, trauma and sheer enormity of the task ahead can feel overwhelming. There are so many things to consider, so many people that need to be contacted, and if you are experiencing the death of someone close for the first time, the whole experience can be too much to bear. When going through such a tough time, emotional support is essential, but often the thing that’s needed most is practical advice.

Who do I call first?

If your loved one has passed away in a hospital, there are trained bereavement staff on call to answer your questions. You may be asked to sign some formal documents so the team can release personal belongings to you if you are the next of kin. If your loved one has died at home, your first call should be to your local GP. Your GP (or hospital attendant) will recommend you now call a funeral director so the deceased can be transfered. As funeral directors, we provide our services at any time, day or night and we understand the difficulties involved when trying to make arrangements. Our fully trained, professional staff will take care of every tiny detail from thereon.

What does a Funeral director do?

We feel privileged to be asked to participate in arranging the funeral of a loved one and we respect the need for privacy, dignity and specified wishes when it comes to arranging the funeral of a loved one. We will assist and advise every step of the way, so you feel comfortable with the choices you make regarding funeral arrangements. We provide funeral car hire, organise floral tributes and newspaper acknowledgements. We will liaise with church and clergy or non religious celebrants , cemeteries and crematoria and we’ll also offer practical advice on coffin and wreath selections. We will also ensure these bills are paid on your behalf, so you don’t have to worry about them. Our job is to see you through this trying time with as little stress and strain and we’ll carry out your requests with the utmost discretion and professionalism.