What is a funeral home?

A funeral home is a place where the deceased is transferred from the home, hospital, or nursing care to be stored and looked after prior to burial or cremation. Here is where the body can be visited in the chapel of rest and funeral arrangements can be made with the funeral director.

The role of a funeral home

In a funeral home, it is the job of the funeral director will oversee all aspects of the funeral planning and make all of the arrangements. They will be first point of call for the family and liaise between the family and the third parties required for the service. They will also be a source of support through the entire process. Some of the duties they will undertake include:

Organising the celebrant or minister
Depending on your wishes, they can help organise the funeral service that best suits the deceased

Notifying people
Funeral directors can arrange for obituaries to be published to notify the local area and anyone who may want to pay their respects.

Organising the wake
They can also look at local venues for the wake and make any relevant arrangements.

Paperwork
A large part of a Funeral Director’s job is sorting all of the paperwork and arranging everything from death certificates to liaising with the local authorities and churches.

What is a chapel of rest?

A chapel of rest is a tranquil room within a funeral home where family and close contacts can visit the body before it is buried or cremated. Every care is taken before hand to prepare the body for viewing and for the body to look as peaceful as possible. Here, you are able to spend time with the one you have lost, this can often be an important part of the grieving process.

Types of funeral service

The three main types of funeral service are Religious, Civil and Humanist. Most funeral directors can cater to your loved one and family’s preference; however, some may be more specialised in one area than others if you are looking for a specific type, so it’s worth asking about the specific service you wish to organise in your initial consultation.

Religious

Religious services are normally held at a place of worship and are centred around the faith of the deceased. These are often traditional funerals and will usually have readings, prayers and possibly hymns. Depending on the religious inclination these services can look very different and will depend on the cultural background of the deceased and the family.

Civil

Civil services often take place outside of a place of worship, usually at a crematorium or cemetery. These are more flexible and can be religious or non-denominational. Civil funerals are growing in popularity due to the flexibility that they can bring.

Humanist

A humanist service is a non-religious, non-spiritual memorial service, usually held at a natural burial ground, crematorium, or cemetery. These services focus more on the life and personality of the deceased and is a deeply personalised ceremony.

Burial or cremation?

The funeral director can help families make important choices in regard to the manner in which your loved one is laid to rest. This is normally something that the deceased has declared a preference to before they pass, however, in the case of an unexpected death, this may be a harder decision to make. Whether a burial or cremation service is opted for, the funeral director and team will ensure that everything is looked after throughout the entire process.

Funeral Choice has an advice centre which provides guidance and support for those who have recently lost a loved one or are planning a funeral. We also offer a free comparison tool to find a funeral director near you which can be found here.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family
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Attended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees for an Attended Funeral, which is where family and friends have a ceremony or service for the deceased person at the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Taking care of all necessary legal and administrative arrangements
  • Collecting and transporting the deceased person from the place of death (normally within 15 miles of the funeral director’s premises) into the funeral director’s care
  • Care of the deceased person before the funeral in appropriate facilities.
  • Providing a suitable coffin
  • Optional viewing of the deceased person for family and friends, by appointment with the funeral director
  • At a date and time you agree with the funeral director, taking the deceased person direct to the agreed cemetery or crematorium (normally within 20 miles of the funeral director’s premises) in a hearse or other appropriate vehicle

In addition to the Funeral Director’s fee, there will be third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements) to cover the other aspects of a funeral (such as the crematorium or burial fees). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to provide these for you.

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Unattended funeral

This is Funeral Choice’s best estimate of this Funeral Director’s fees and the crematorium fee for an Unattended Funeral, which is where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself. This is also known as a Direct Cremation.

This price includes the following:

  • Funeral Director's fees
  • Crematorium fee (for an unattended funeral) as selected by the Funeral Director

In addition to this fee, there might be additional third party costs to consider (sometimes called disbursements). Your chosen Funeral Director will be able to explain these for you.

If you wish to attend the funeral, you should view the “Attended Funeral” price instead.

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Why is this price Estimated?

We work hard to ensure the Funeral Director Fees we display are accurate and up to date. However, unlike with our partners, we cannot guarantee this price is correct today.

Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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Funeral Choice charity donation

To redeem the £20 charity donation all you have to do is select the charity from the dropdown list in the Make Contact form. Once you have confirmed arrangements with that funeral director send us an email to info@yourfuneralchoice.com confirming the service has been arranged. After we receive this email we will make the donation to the chosen charity and confirm back to you.

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