Funeral Resources & Services Leamington Spa

Planning a funeral can be difficult and confusing when you are grieving for the loss of a loved on, but there are many services that can help you with all the practical matters you need to handle. Read through the following articles to learn more about funeral resources and services and find local companies and providers who can help you find what you’re looking for.

H J Dawson
+44 (0) 1926 427464
22 George Street
Leamington Spa
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The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1926 428665
52 Warwick Street
Leamington Spa
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The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1926 490780
9 St. Johns
Warwick
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The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1926 854261
178 Warwick Road
Kenilworth
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Maton & Sons Funeral Home
+44 (0) 2476 225191
35 Raglan Street
Coventry
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The Co-operative Funeralcare
+44 (0) 1926 426052
40181 Russell Terrace
Leamington Spa
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W G Rathbone
+44 (0) 1926 425331
30 Clarendon Avenue
Leamington Spa
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W G Rathbone
+44 (0) 1926 492229
6 High Street
Warwick
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Grimmett & Timms
+44 (0) 2476 674746
118 Albany Road
Coventry
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The Co-operative Funeralcare
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11 Lower Holyhead Road
Coventry
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Funeral Companies

Funeral Planning & Arrangements

Funeral Companies | Unusual Burials, Cremation Services & Wakes

Planning a funeral is a rare event in most people lives. Faced with making arrangements at a time when we are under emotional pressure makes the task more difficult.

If you are planning your own funeral then it can be the point when you truly face your own mortality and grief. A funeral is about more than just disposing of a body. It is a time for celebrating life, saying goodbyes and making the exit you want.

Leaving all the arrangements to family and friends who will undoubtedly be upset can cause a huge financial and emotional burden. They may be unsure of your wishes regarding issues such as cremation or religious ceremony or may be unable to make the kind of clear and rational decisions you can make now.

A funeral is an event which is unique to the individual and by planning your funeral before you die you can ensure it reflects your personality, desires and needs. In this section you can find information about types of funerals, writing tributes and the costs associated with funerals

Types of Funeral
Funerals have existed for thousands of years and are performed in one form or another across all religions and in all countries. Different religions have very different approaches to how they treat the body of a person who has died and you can find more information at Wikipedia .

The two most common types of funeral are burial and cremation.

Burial
You can be buried in a cemetery, churchyard, vault, in woodland and at sea. In the UK everyone has a right to be buried in the churchyard of the parish in which they die providing there are spaces. If there are no spaces then you must ask the clergy in another local parish. Your local authority may also have a graveyard.

There are often fees associated with the cost of burial including a grave digging fee and exclusive rights to a plot - a funeral director or cemetery can advise you of all the costs. If you pay for a space in advance then you need to make sure the paperwork relating to the plot is left in a safe place, easy to find and mentioned in your will.

Cremation
Local authorities run the majority of crematoria. Before cremation takes place, three forms must be signed. the next of kin sign one form and the other two by two different doctors unless the person died in hospital and a post mortem has been carried out. In this case only the doctor who attended the last illness needs to sign.

There are fees payable to these doctors and for the use of the crematorium; scattering of the ashes is usually included in the fee although you may collect the ashes if you wish.

You can have a service in the chapel which is usually attached to the crematorium and a funeral director can help you get in touch with a member of the clergy or other religious person if required. You will be allowed to play music and have readings as in a church. You can find extensive information...

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Funeral Preparation

Final Countdown Checklist

Funeral Preparation | Preparing your Funeral when Terminally Ill

As you reach the end of your life then there will be things you choose or need to deal with.

This list is designed to help you work through the areas that may need your attention. Some people refer to this as their 'before I die' checklist. It is often a mixture of very practical and deeply personal issues, emotions and wishes and varies from person to person.

Your checklist doesn’t have to be a written document; it could be a list of simple wishes in your head that you need to tick off before you feel ready to die. Your checklist will vary depending on how close you are to death and according to your personal needs.

  • Complete living will, if required.

  • Make will, recording your wishes for distribution of your assets after death. This is also where you express your preferences concerning your funeral arrangements.

  • Get together all personal paperwork such as passport, birth certificate, copy of will.

  • Compile an assets and liabilities form including a list of all bank accounts, life insurance policies, pensions, stocks, shares, credit cards, mortgage etc and associated details. List what will be paid off on your death and any benefits that those left behind may receive. List all financial liabilities including outstanding bills.

  • Make a list of any club memberships or subscriptions so they can be cancelled.

  • Place all important documentation and information in a locked box somewhere safe.

  • Names and contact details of solicitor and accountant if relevant.

  • List of people you wish to be notified of your death.

  • Say goodbye to all those people you want to say goodbye to.

  • Clear up any arguments and misunderstandings that you want to deal with.

  • Clear your physical space and ensure you have the things you want around you at the end.

  • Visit the places and do the things you wish, if you are capable of doing so.

  • Organise the care you want for the very end.

  • Consult a counsellor to help deal with your emotions and how you feel about dying.
Many people believe that a person has to be 'ready' to die. When it comes to making this list, do what feels natural and right for you. Relatives often report that their loved ones seemed less anxious after things were put in place and organised before death occurred, almost as if the person dying needed to finish a mental list of jobs before they felt ready to let go.

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Organising a Wake or Funeral

Organising Wakes & Funerals

Organising a Wake or Funeral | Planning a Memorial Ceremony

As soon as the death occurs, it is helpful to contact a funeral director who can guide you through the process and will take over all arrangements for moving the body to either a chapel of rest or mortuary. If in hospital, the body is usually moved to the hospital mortuary or chapel of rest.

A funeral director can arrange viewings of the body; bear in mind that funeral arrangements should follow any wishes set out in a will. Funeral directors will give you an estimate of costs which are usually payable on the day of the funeral (sometimes beforehand). A funeral usually takes place a few days after the death but if a coroner is involved this may mean that arrangements can not be made until much later.

You do not have to use the services of a funeral director. This may save money but careful consideration needs to be given to this choice as transporting a body is a difficult task. Local undertakers may be willing to help with transport once a doctor has certified the death.

Telling people that someone has died can be a difficult task. It is helpful if you sit down with a friend or family member and make a list of the people it is vital to inform. At the initial stage this should be close friends and family. You can pre-prepare what you are going to say to people and if you find the task too difficult this is a good point at which a sympathetic and supportive friend or family member can step in to help with some calls.

Remember, this may be shocking news for people and they may be very upset. You don’t have to console them but do tell them the funeral arrangements if you have them.

You may choose to place an announcement in the newspaper to let other people know of the death. You can find some examples of announcements here. You can also place death announcements and obituaries on websites such as Your Announcement .

Permission from the coroner must be obtained to move a body out of the country. Permission has to be gained at least four days before the move is intended, although a coroner can allow it to happen sooner. The coroner will provide a removal notice; part of this form is sent back to the local registrar once the funeral has taken place.
If you are organising a funeral then you will find a useful funeral planning checklist here.

A funeral director will be able to help guide you through what will happen on the actual day of the funeral, this depends where the body is and what kind of funeral is taking place.

The ashes of the deceased will be kept for one month following a cremation and must be collected within that time. After a burial, it is normal for the headstone to be laid after a few months once the ground has settled.

You can find funeral directors in your area here.
More detailed information on types of funerals and cremation can be found here.

This site gives useful advice on the costing of a cremation/funeral

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