What is embalming and do I need to have this service?
Embalming is a procedure which can delay the natural process the body goes through, after a person has died. This is suitable for people who need a longer period of time to view their loved one in the chapel of rest. This is a service of choice and is not required as standard.
Can I scatter the cremated remains?
Yes you can. Although guidance must be sought from the Funeral Director before it is carried out due to legal and ethical constraints. A specific container is generally required to carry out the scattering in a safe but dignified manner.
What do I do when a death occurs?
If the death was expected, you should first call the GP. If the death was sudden, the Police must always be notified. A telephone call to the Funeral Director should take place in both circumstances as they are here to guide you through what happens next, and offer further support to you and your family.
Must I use a religious Minister?
No. There are alternatives such a a Funeral Celebrant who may or may not offer some prayers for you during the service; or a Humanist who will conduct a religion free service. You may also have a family member(s) or friends who will offer to lead the entire service.