WHEN SOMEONE DIES
Losing a loved one can be devastating to those who are left behind and it can be difficult to know where to start. It is at a time like this that Cherry Blossom Funerals can offer a genuinely caring and friendly service, and the professional support to ease some of the burden when it comes to making the funeral arrangements.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN SOMEONE DIES?
There are various steps to take depending on where your loved one has died, so we would recommend that you contact us in the first instance so that we are able to provide you with the right support and guidance.
You will also find some practical information on this page which may help to answer any questions you have.
We would like to reassure you that we are here 24 hours a day to support you with any questions or concerns, you can contact us as often as you like if it helps.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CONTACT US?
First of all we will ask you for details of the person who has died. We'll then guide you through the options you have.
We will arrange to meet you either at your home or at our premises, whatever works best for you. Details of the funeral will then be discussed and we will provide a written estimate of what has been agreed so that you know the costs upfront.
If someone has died at home, we will arrange to collect them and bring them into our care once the GP has given permission.
If the person has died in a hospital or nursing home, we will arrange to bring the person who has died into our care once the death has been registered.
No matter what the circumstances surrounding a death, you always have the freedom to choose your own Funeral Director, you must never feel pressured to decide at what is already a difficult time.
WHEN AND HOW DO I REGISTER THE DEATH?
Once you are in possession of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, this will then enable you to register the death, which you must do by appointment within five days of the death occurring. Details of the Wigan office are here www.wigan.gov.uk
The Registrar will record the death and provide you with the Death Certificate (free copy). It would be wise to ask for a couple of certified copies as these could be helpful at a later date with banks, building societies, etc., however these will come at an extra cost.
ARRANGING THE FUNERAL
It is not necessary to have the Death Certificate before contacting us and starting the arrangements, we are here to assist you at all times and we encourage you to take time to think about what you want.
Around 70% of people are now opting for cremation, but this is a personal preference.
A Full Cremation is when the whole service is held at the Crematorium instead of a service being held at a church or place of worship.
A Committal is a short service to commit the deceased for cremation, sometimes held after a service in a church or place of worship.
DECIDING WHO WILL LEAD THE FUNERAL
There are options available depending on yours and your loved ones personal preferences. This could be a religious leader from your local church, a Civil Celebrant or a Humanist Officiant or it could even be a family member or friend if they believe they can stay strong for you during the service.
FAMILY & FRIENDS
The family and friends of your loved one who will be there at the funeral are there to support you, to offer their love and to say their own farewells, so if it’s a send-off that is befitting of the person's life they will be glad to be a part of this special day.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP
We understand the pressures associated with planning a funeral at the difficult time of losing a loved one and would like to reassure you that we are here 24 hours a day to support you.
Please call us on 01942 409 403 with any questions or concerns you have. If you would prefer, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org