arranging a funeral... where to start
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A funeral is the last chance to say goodbye to a loved one and will be a very emotional time. You can trust Lodge Brothers to guide you through every step of the journey, please don’t hesitate to call us.

FIRST STEPS AFTER A DEATH

Following a death, there are many legal requirements to be carried out. Our staff can be contacted by telephone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and we will advise what the next steps are. If you prefer, our Funeral Arranger will make arrangements to visit you at home.image_2_web

We can offer help & advice with all of the following:

  • Bringing your loved one into our care
  • Embalming, if required
  • Letting people know
  • Registering the death
  • Coroner services
  • Wills & Probate
  • Completion of statutory documents
  • Liaison with all third parties

ORGANISING THE DAY

Your Funeral Arranger will carry out all the practical arrangements from helping you to select the type of funeral service, ordering the coffin, floral arrangements, hearses, music and anything else required.

It may be your wish to reflect the life of your loved one throughout the ceremony, making reference to their hobbies, interest, career or life experiences.

Our staff will help you to achieve a ceremony that is right for you and the deceased.

We offer our services to all communities, regardless of race or religious beliefs. A Humanist or Civil Celebrant can be arranged to officiate a non-religious ceremony, and a committal without any form of remembrance can also be arranged.

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Most funerals are either burials or cremations and are based on what is termed as a ‘traditional’ funeral, but there are many variations. Our staff will be happy to discuss your personal requirements, offering advice on tailoring the funeral accordingly:

  • Burial
  • Cremation
  • Woodland burials
  • Religious
  • Non-religious
  • Basic

TYPES OF FUNERAL

With over 230 years of experience, we have encountered nearly every situation. Everyone is an individual and there are many options available to help you create a meaningful, memorable and personal funeral day that honours the deceased. If you prefer, a very simple ceremony can be arranged with no fuss. With many different ways to adapt and personalise the service, our trained staff can guide and advise you in every aspect of the arrangements.

Below is an indication of what can be included and the associated costs for the various services available. For further information please call us today.

THE TRADITIONAL FUNERAL

This is the choice for clients wanting a traditional funeral, with the cortege starting from home and travelling to a church, crematorium or place of burial for the main service.

Our charges start from £3,390.00 depending on the coffin/casket chosen.

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THE BASIC FUNERAL

For clients requiring a simple funeral with minimal professional services and limited options. A basic coffin will be provided and the hearse will take the deceased to the nearest cemetery or crematorium on a day and time chosen by us.

Our charge is £2,740.00

Use of the Chapel of Rest (including Temporary Preservation) – if required is an extra £100.00

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DIRECT CREMATION

For clients who wish to have no funeral service and no-one in attendance at the crematorium, we offer a simple cremation at a local crematorium of our choice. The ashes will either be scattered at the crematorium or returned to your nearest branch for collection.

Our charge is £1,925.00

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Download our ‘Guide to Arranging A Funeral’ to see our full product ranges:
  • Coffins
  • Hearses & Limousines
  • Floral Tributes
  • Charitable Donations
  • Newspaper Announcements
  • Music
  • Eulogy
  • Third Party Organisations
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THE TRADITIONAL FUNERAL

This is for those clients wishing to have a traditional funeral, where the cortege starts from the home address and then travels to a church for a service and then onto the crematorium or place of burial. Alternatively the cortege can travel from the home address to the crematorium or place of burial, if the service is taking place there.

We allow up to 3 hours and 20 running miles from leaving our premises to returning, which for the majority of funerals provides enough time and distance. We can advise if more time or distance is required and discuss these options with you.

A motor hearse is provided on the day of funeral with a Funeral Conductor and four bearers to carry the coffin/casket, although sometimes family may wish to assist with the carrying. We will always provide our staff to assist and guide the family in these circumstances.

Limousines, which seat six people, can also be provided at an additional cost and we can discuss the number required with you. The hire of the limousine includes returning you to your home or an alternative local address after the funeral service.

A private ambulance will be provided with trained members of our staff, to respectfully convey your loved one from their place of death into our care.

Private Chapels of Rest are available at all of our branches and the use of these is included as is the carrying out of a temporary preservation treatment (embalming). We recommend this treatment if you are wishing to visit your loved one in the Chapel.

Our branch staff will be able to discuss and advise on all the options available to you, regarding the planning of the funeral. We will take care of organising the Church, crematorium or cemetery on your behalf and liaise with all the necessary professionals regarding the statutory paperwork that is required.

We have a wide range of coffins and caskets both in traditional and modern designs. The vast majority of which are suitable for both cremation or burial and we can advise you accordingly.

There are certain fees and disbursements charged by others, which we will advise you of and we do require these to be paid in advance of the funeral. Our own charges will then be invoiced after the funeral and we ask that this be paid within 30 days of the date of the funeral.

Our charges start from £3,390.00 depending on the coffin/casket chosen.

THE BASIC FUNERAL

As a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors we offer a simple funeral service where our professional services are restricted to a minimum and include the following:

DIRECT CREMATION

For those clients who wish to have no funeral service and no-one in attendance at the crematorium, we offer a simple cremation at a local crematorium of our choice for £1,925.00. We will take care of all the necessary arrangements in as dignified and a respectful manner as you would expect from us. Once the cremation has taken place we will return the ashes to your nearest branch for collection or arrange for them to be scattered at the crematorium.

Our services include:

This list is illustrative and not exhaustive

The only additional costs that may be incurred are for Doctor's fees (£164.00) to provide Medical Papers, which may be required for the cremation to take place, or if you request to have the deceased to be moved into our care outside of our normal working hours (£175.00). We will be able to advise you accordingly.

We require the total cost to be paid at the time of making the arrangements and in advance of the cremation taking place.