Funeral Help & Advice

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How Can We Help

How Can We Help

When you choose a funeral care provider, you want to know that you will get an attentive, expert and caring service.

Far & Beyond has 20 years of experience in the industry, and we seek to support our clients with the utmost of professionalism, every step of the way.

What To Do When Someone Dies

What To Do When Someone Dies

When someone passes away, it can be confusing and difficult to know what to do first. What happens next will depend on where the person passed away.

For help and advice you can contact Far & Beyond at any time and our experienced staff will help you through each stage of the process.

Registering A Death

Registering A Death

Registering your loved one’s death is the first step in arranging a funeral. While it can seem overwhelming at such a difficult time, it is very important to set the process in motion swiftly, to avoid delays later.

Funeral Costs Explained

Funeral Costs Explained

Funeral costs are divided into two different groups: those over which the funeral director has some form of control (for example the cost of a coffin, the provision of a hearse and similar expenses), and those which are statutory costs, or costs incurred by a third party such as the local authority. These latter costs are known as disbursements.

How To Shop Around

How To Shop Around

The death of a loved one undoubtedly brings emotional strain, but for many people in the UK, it can also lead to a significant financial burden.

Financial Support

Financial Support

Saying goodbye to somebody you love is extremely hard. At this difficult time, the last thing you need is to be worrying about money. While those who can afford to, may have put money into a funeral plan or died with a life insurance policy in place, those in the lower income bracket might not have these funds put aside to cover the relevant costs.

Types of Funeral

Direct Cremation

Direct Cremation

This is an increasingly valuable choice where an attended funeral is not either possible or desired. Increasingly, families are understanding that this is a worthwhile option.

Simple Funeral

Simple Funeral

Following the death of a loved one, money should be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, the costs of funerals can add up, and family members can be left frantic and distraught.

Cremation

Cremation

Cremation has been practised since prehistoric times. It fell out of favour for many centuries due to the influence of the Christian church: there was a belief that cremation was a pagan custom rather than a Christian one.

Burial

Burial

Although currently more people choose to be cremated rather than buried, burial is still an option for those who wish to be laid to rest in this way. People may be buried in a churchyard or cemetery or on private land if they wish.

Woodland Burial

Woodland Burial

Many people are surprised to learn that there are alternatives to burial in a cemetery or churchyard. A popular, legal alternative to the more traditional final resting places is a woodland burial.

Religious Funeral

Religious Funeral

At Far & Beyond, we understand that religious beliefs are important. That's why we strive to ensure that our religious services are sensitive and respectful. Please speak to our funeral directors to discuss the requirements of your particular faith.

Non-Religious Funeral

Non-Religious Funeral

A growing number of people are deciding that a non-religious end-of-life ceremony is most suitable for them and their beliefs. This may be because your loved one was non-religious, the family has a variety of religious views, none of which predominate, or it is just felt that a more flexible, customised end-of-life ceremony is going to be most appropriate.

Things To Consider

Flowers

Flowers

Flowers are a fitting addition to a funeral service, and act as a moving tribute to your loved one. At Far & Beyond, we offer a wide range of flower options to ensure that your loved one is given the perfect arrangement.

Memorial Jewellery

Memorial Jewellery

Memorial jewellery can be one of the most touching, personal ways to remember a lost loved one. With a beautiful, unique item worn on your wrist, your finger or around your neck, you can silently pay tribute to a friend or family member in your daily life. This is a heartfelt memorial that will last long after the funeral service.

Order Of Services

Order Of Services

As well as guiding attendees through the programme of chosen readings, hymns, or other music that will form your loved one's funeral, it can also provide an emotive part of the celebration of their life. It can become a lasting celebration of them as a much-loved individual, both on a striking cover and then inside.

Ashes, Caskets & Urns

Ashes, Caskets & Urns

Here at Far & Beyond, we understand that choosing a casket or urn for a loved one can be difficult and emotional for you and your family. But deciding on the final resting place for a loved one can offer some comfort at this painful time.

Webcasting

Webcasting

For relatives and friends that live abroad, attending a funeral can be difficult.

Thankfully, in today’s digital age, technology presents a number of new opportunities to share in the occasion without having to arrange travel.

Doves

Doves

The release of beautiful white doves during a funeral service has long been recognised as a touching, evocative and symbolic way to help free your loved one from the physical bonds of life.

Photography

Photography

Deaths are always a shock, and there are lots of arrangements that must be made before the funeral service. This, coupled with the grief of losing a loved one, can mean that the service can pass very quickly, before you've had a chance to take it all in.

Transport

Transport

If you're arranging a funeral for a loved one, transport is likely to be one of your top considerations. Choosing a vehicle to transport your loved one to the service is an important and highly personal aspect of the arrangements and can be a crucial element of making the day memorable and special for the bereaved.

Music

Music

Whatever the genre, music can be one of the most emotive ways to express the personality of your loved one at a funeral. Music is highly important and personal to a lot of people, and can help the bereaved to feel more connected to their lost loved one.

Newspaper Announcement

Newspaper Announcement

Writing a newspaper announcement or obituary can play an important part in notifying family and friends of your loved ones passing.

Donations

Donations

Often, families of departed loved ones will ask for a charitable donation to be made, in place of flowers, at a funeral service. These offer valuable, even vital, contributions to many charities, both large and small, international and local. These are also accepted by so many as a more lasting and fitting tribute than short-term floral displays.

Coffins

Coffins

At Far & Beyond, we offer a wide selection of coffins, with something to suit every individual and budget. Choosing a coffin can be difficult for the bereaved, so we are ready to assist you with your decision.

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Our FAQs

What should I do if my loved one passes away at home?

If your loved one passes away at home, it is important to remain calm. If the death has been expected, the doctor who has been treating your loved one should be contacted, providing they have seen the doctor within the previous 14 days of their death. The doctor will either attend to confirm the death or will give permission for your loved one to be transferred into the care of Far & Beyond Funeral Services. If the death has not been expected you will need to contact the GP of your loved one, they will then visit your home address to confirm the death and issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You can then contact Far & Beyond Funeral Services and we will take over the care of your loved one.

What should I do if my loved one passes away in hospital?

If your loved one has been an in-patient, the doctors who have been treating your loved one will usually issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. You will usually be given the opportunity to sit with your loved one before they are transferred to the mortuary. When you are ready for your loved one to be collected, you will need to contact Far & Beyond Funeral Services. We will then collect your loved one from hospital, and transfer them into our care.

What happens if the doctor won’t issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death?

If the doctor will not issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death, this will usually be because the circumstances surrounding the death of your loved one mean that a Coroner should be involved for further investigation. The doctor may not issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death for a number of reasons such as;
Your loved one has passed away suddenly and the cause of death is unknown.
Your loved one has passed away due to violence.
Your loved one has passed away in prison.
Your loved one has passed away unnaturally.
Your loved one has passed away in a place or circumstance which requires an inquest.
The doctor can only complete the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death if they know the cause of death and have seen your loved one for the same illness during the 14 days prior to them passing away.

Why do I have to register the death of my loved one?

All deaths within the UK have to be registered, a death should be registered within five days. If this is not going to be possible the registrar must be informed of the circumstances within the five-day period.

Who can register the death of my loved one?

The people closest to your loved one have a legal obligation to register the death. This can be done by; any immediate family or next of kin, a family member who was in attendance during your loved ones illness, a family member living in the area of which the death of your loved one occurred, any person who was present at your loved ones death, the person arranging your loved ones funeral.

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