ARRANGING A FUNERAL
As family Funeral Directors our combined experience, sensitivity, and training will enable us to cope with every aspect of the funeral, right down to the smallest detail. We know all too well that it’s the attention to detail that can make the difference. Our philosophy of going the extra mile will make the difference between you just having a funeral and having a memorable experience. In defining our ‘Role’, we have five areas of responsibility:
Custodian of the Deceased
Our primary role, above all else, is to ensure that exceptional care and well being is provided to your loved one.
You will be handing over responsibility to us, the professionals, to ensure that all your requirements and wishes are carried out.
We will act on your behalf in organising third parties, such as Crematorium, Cemetery, Clergy etc.
Our skills, qualifications, and experience will provide you an endless range of options, to extend unlimited choice in creating a positive funeral experience.
Master of Ceremonies
The formal image of our profession, the ceremony, the funeral day are the end result of our service. We’ll officiate the service, putting together every aspect of your requirements, just as you will have requested.
Our role is extensive, with many aspects of our efforts carried out behind the scenes. To us, the funeral will be unique and as individual as the person who has died. It’s not just another funeral, it is an opportunity for us to create a lasting, positive, and memorable end to someone's life. We’re here to help you celebrate the life lost, as well as helping you through your grief. In deciding upon the Searson family to carry out your funeral, one thing is certain;- we’ll do EVERYTHING possible, adding those extra touches, to ensure your decision to choose us will be the right one.
Making the Arrangements
The timing in which to carry out the arrangements is entirely your decision and you have no need to rush and make any rash decisions. However, we do encourage families to contact us as soon as possible after the death, this way we can help and guide you through the immediate formalities such as registration. Once you feel comfortable and ready to discuss the funeral then we will make an appointment to meet together, either at one of our funeral homes or in the comfort of your own home.
Making funeral arrangements isn’t a simple process of an interview and the see you Friday week, it is a process of developing your thoughts and ideas to create a special day. Our initial meeting will very much focus on sharing your thoughts, your ideas, and combine this with our suggestions and offer you options and choices, many of which you may not have thought about. We never forget that this is not just another funeral, it isn’t for you, it certainly isn’t for us. Every funeral we carry out is an opportunity for us, we appreciate the honor being placed on us and will do everything possible to make your funeral day a positive, meaningful, and memorable day for all the right reasons. The initial meeting will also provide us all the formal details which will be required, get you to sign some documents and, if you wish, make a firm confirmation on the day, time, and venue for the service. You then have plenty of time to consider all the options and choices, make your final decisions unhurried, being able to give careful consideration to how you want things to be.
Once initial arrangements have been made we will provide you a confirmation of the funeral booking, review the options, things that will need to be thought about. Over the coming days will be in touch with you, ask what decisions have been made, and then begin to create the funeral day. We never rush, never encourage immediate decisions, and will not make any assumptions.
We offer a range of funerals to accommodate all financial circumstances and wishes. A member of our family will discuss all options and costs with you during the arrangement meeting. There are certain fixed costs attached to arranging any funeral, whether it is a Burial or a Cremation, for a church service or a secular ceremony. Variable costs are dependent on your choice of coffin and ancillary items as well as further requirements such as flowers, the use of extra limousines, and services. The Searson Family provides a ‘Cost-Conscious Funeral’. This package is designed for those on a limited budget. This option ONLY provides a more financially viable alternative and doesn’t compromise the actual quality of service.
Funeral costs are always formalised in a written estimate and you will receive this soon after making the initial arrangements. Cost is a factor, funerals are expensive and we constantly look at ways in which to make the costs less of a burden. We appreciate that, for many, funeral expenses will be a worry and lots of families will have concerns in how they will meet the liability. DON’T WORRY, whatever your circumstances, regardless of how much money you have, we will ensure a funeral is provided. We believe that each and every guest that comes into our care deserves to be treated equally. We also feel the same with every family so should money be a deciding factor in the type of funeral you have, please, let us know as soon as possible. This way we can help guide you in making decisions that will best suit your budget, and regardless of how limited that may be.
For those who are in receipt of state benefits, there are provisions through the DWP for assistance with funeral payments. The DWP will be based on a detailed application, determine whether or not you are eligible to make and claim and, if you are, how much you are entitled. Should you need to make a DWP claim, we will need to know this at an early stage so we can help you with your application and guide you through the options and choices that best suit your circumstances. Every family wants the best for their loved one, it’s a natural instinct and one we very much understand. But having the best does not mean spending more money; this definitely is not the case.