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Arranging a Funeral

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When to contact the Funeral Director

Registration of Death

The Coroner

Fees and Disbursements

Help with Funeral Costs

Music & Hymns

Customising a Service

Customised Coffin Gallery

Customised Service Gallery

White Dove Release

When to contact the Funeral Director

It is advisable to inform us of a bereavement as soon as possible.

There is always a member of staff available 24 hours a day, every day, and our service to you starts from the moment you contact us - whether by telephone or by calling in personally. It is advisable to initially contact us by telephone out of hours and at weekends.

We are always happy to discuss the funeral arrangements in the privacy of your own home or our office - whichever is the most convenient to you.

We recommend that you contact us to make the necessary bereavement appointments for you. Alternatively you can contact the Registry Office direct using the contact information below.


Registration of Death

Registration of any death must take place as soon as possible at one of the registry offices throughout the county where the death occurs. It is necessary to make an appointment with the Registrar and you will need to take the following documents with you:

• Certificate of Cause of Death - obtained from the doctor or hospital
   (if the Coroner is involved, see notes below)

• The deceased's Birth Certificate (if available).

• The deceased's Medical Card (if available)

(Norfolk County Hall)

To Make and appointment call 0344 800 8020

Alternatively we will make an appointment for you.


The Coroner

When a sudden death occurs the Coroner will be informed and a post-mortem examination carried out. We are in regular contact with the Coroner's office and therefore able to keep you informed of any development. Involvement of the Coroner will not normally prevent the funeral arrangements from being made.

If the death has been reported to the Coroner, the Registrar cannot complete the registration until the Coroner's office has issued the necessary certificates directly to the Registrar concerned.

If a Coroner's Inquest is deemed necessary, it is NOT necessary to register the death - this will be done directly by the Coroner following the final inquest.

To make and appointment with the Registrar following a Post Mortem call 01603 767600 or ourselves and we will make an appointment for you.

Norfolk County Council and our district council partners now provide a new service to make it easier for you to tell the different government departments and local authority services that need to know about a birth or death that happened in Norfolk.

To register a death you can book your appointment online .


Fees and Disbursements

Disbursements are the essential fees which we pay out on behalf of the family. These include:

• Church, Cemetery or Cremation Fees

• Doctors' Fees

• Obituary Notices etc.

These fees will be itemised on our funeral account.

For the purposes of providing written estimates, we approximate the cost of any disbursements. However, since we have no control over these specific charges, they may be subject to slight variations.


Help with Funeral Costs

In certain cases, the person responsible for making the deceased's funeral arrangements may
be eligible for help from the DSS Social Fund. This generally applies if the responsible person
is receiving one or more of the following benefits:

• Income Support

• Family Credit

• Housing Benefit

• Council Tax Benefit

• Disability Working Allowance

Further details can be obtained from our office or the local Department of Social Security.


Music & Hymns

Choosing the right Funeral Hymns

Because all funeral hymns differ in their popularity and familiarity of the words and tune, we would suggest that you make your initial choice of hymns based on your own knowledge of the deceased and the circumstances of the death. This combined with the knowledge and past experience of the minister involved will help you to make your selections.

To assist you further please see our list of popular hymns. If you believe there are some funeral hymns of particular importance or significance that we have omitted, or perhaps you have a particular favourite which you think should be included in our funeral hymns collection, then do please let us know.

Selection of Hymns

Personal Music

Sometimes specific pieces of music can be played as the coffin is carried into and out of the church. Many families now request personal music via CD to be played at both crematorium and church services. However, personal music in church must be approved by the Rector or Vicar conducting
the funeral.

In most circumstances we are able to obtain the music of your choice if you are unable to source the music yourself.

Some crematoriums now offer The Wesley System (a system that downloads music via the internet similar to iTunes). Therefore they are able to play vitually any music you may wish to listen to during the service. We can advise you how this operates when arranging the funeral.


Customising a Service

We are happy to accommodate your customised requirements allowing your loved one to say goodbye their way. For example:

• Our team will wear co-ordinating coloured ties

• We can provide customised coffins & Caskets

• We can help customise your entire service - click here to see our gallery for inspiration.


White Dove Release

There is no easy way to say goodbye to a loved one, sometimes words just are not enough.

Sometimes comfort can be found in the symbolic gestures like the releasing our loved one's spirit and watching it fly on the wings of a dove... free and at peace, and carrying with it all the love of family and friends.

A popular way of marking the passing of a loved one, whether requested by the deceased before death, or a close family member afterwards. The white dove, of course, has been seen throughout the ages as a sign of peace; as such, it brings a very poignant and serene tribute to a very emotionally charged day.

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Following a service, the gathered mourners can see a beautiful white dove displayed in an ornate cage, waiting to carry the spirit of their loved one high into the skies above. A few words are spoken to explain the symbolism, and then a touching verse is read to the congregation before the dove is taken and passed to a close member of the family.

Speak to us about the release of white doves at the graveside or at the crematorium.