Please see below for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you wish to speak to a member of our team, you can email us at email@example.com or call 029 2086 2100.
What To Do When Someone Dies
After a person dies, their death should be registered within 5 days. If they died in a hospital, a doctor will provide you with a death certificate and your funeral director can liaise with the hospital to arrange transportation for the body. Similarly, in a hospice or nursing home, they will provide you with a death certificate and be in communication with your funeral director. If they died at home, the doctor will need to be called to certify the death and provide a death certificate. The body can then be taken to the funeral home. The UK government website offers further information on what to do once someone has died.
How Much Does a Funeral Cost?
Funeral costs in Wales vary. The most recent statistics by SunLife revealed that the average cost of a basic funeral in Wales is £3,538. This includes the cremation or burial fees, doctor’s fees, officiate fees and funeral director fees. It does not include elements such as flowers or the wake. The average cost of a burial is £3,934 and the average cost of a cremation is £3,142. According to the report, funeral costs have been steadily increasing and are projected to continue to rise.
How Do I Register a Death?
By law, a death must be registered within 5 days. This should be in the area where the death occurred. Your funeral director can direct you to the relevant office. However, they cannot register the death on your behalf.
Following the person’s death, a medical certificate signed by a doctor should be given to you. This should be taken to the registrar when registering the death. The registrar will issue you with the person’s death certificate and a certificate for burial or cremation. To learn more about registering a death, visit our page.
How Long After Death Should a Funeral Take Place?
After someone dies, in theory, the funeral can take place at any time after their death. However, plans for the body should be made sooner rather than later. Whether burial or cremation is decided on, your funeral director will need to contact the authority responsible for the cemetery or crematorium to book a time slot. This can be several weeks in the future. Once the time is booked, the other funeral arrangements can be made.
How Can I Make Sure My Family Won’t Have To Take Care Of My Funeral Expenses?
If you are concerned about leaving your family to shoulder the costs of your funeral after you pass, a prepaid funeral plan might be the solution. Prepaid funeral plans offer people the opportunity to contribute to the cost of their funeral. This helps save family members from the added grief of being met with high funeral costs. At Caerphilly Funeral Services, we offer a range of prepaid funeral plans, supplied by leading funeral plan provider Golden Charter. Visit our page to find out more about prepaid funeral plans.
How Do Prepaid Funeral Plans Work?
When you purchase a prepaid funeral plan, you are able to spread the cost of your funeral over an extended period of time. You can choose the type of funeral package you want, and you will only pay the amount that it would cost at the time you take out the prepaid plan, not at the time of your passing. To find out more about prepaid funeral plans in North Cardiff, visit our page.
What Is a Green Funeral?
With Caerphilly Funeral Services, you can opt for our Eco-Friendly Funeral plan. Ideal for those who are strongly committed to sustainability. Our ‘green’ funeral package includes burial in a natural countryside burial ground. We supply eco-coffins which are fully biodegradable and are designed to be environmentally friendly.
Can I Get Help With Funeral Costs?
The UK government offers support with funeral costs in the form of Funeral Expenses Payments. To be eligible for the Funeral Expenses Payment, you must be receiving certain benefits or tax credits, be closely related to the deceased and the funeral must take place in the UK. The Funeral Expenses Payment can help to pay for burial or cremation fees, travel to the funeral, the cost of moving the body and death certificates. This will usually not cover the full cost of the funeral. For more information on payments and how to claim, visit the government’s website.
Can Someone Be Buried At Sea?
Anyone can be buried at sea. However, a licence is required first. To get a licence for a sea burial, you must apply to the Marine Management Organisation. A licence costs around £175. When applying, you must prove that the body is clear of fever and infection, usually with a certificate signed by a doctor. You may also need to inform the coroner. The person should not be embalmed before burial at sea. You are also limited to where at sea the person can be buried. To find out more, read this article on sea burials from the BBC.
How To Arrange An Obituary
Your funeral director should be able to advise you on submitting an obituary notice to a newspaper. We can also assist with drafting funeral notices. Find out more by visiting our page.
What Is Involved In a Funeral Package?
Funeral packages vary in what they include. At Caerphilly Funeral Services, we offer several comprehensive funeral packages to suit different budgets. Our Simple Funeral Package includes transporting your loved one from hospital to our funeral home, a basic coffin of your choice, a funeral car from the funeral home to the cemetery or crematorium and up to four staff to assist on the day of the funeral. At the other end of the scale, our Traditional Funeral Package also includes formally attired funeral director and pallbearers in top hat and tails, flowers for the coffin, custom order of service books, a solid wood coffin (for burial) and a traditional hearse or limousine. To find out more about our funeral packages in Caerphilly, visit our page.
Where Can Cremation Ashes Be Scattered?
Many people request that their ashes be scattered in a place that is meaningful to them. There are no strict rules on the scattering of ashes. However, it is important that you first request permission of the landowner if you plan to scatter your loved one’s ashes outside of the home or in waterways, for example. Alternatively, ashes can be scattered in the garden of remembrance at the crematorium. They can also be buried if you wish.
How Do Funeral Arrangements Work?
When you contact a funeral director after someone has passed away, they will invite you to visit their offices. If you are unable to get to them, they may be able to come and visit you. During the visit, they will talk to you about your wishes and the wishes of your loved one. They will explain the funeral planning process and go through the funeral plan options. They will also be able to advise you on registering the death.
Once you have decided on the plan and what you want, the funeral director will be able to arrange these for you. They will get in touch with the cemetery or crematorium to book a time for the funeral and can submit an obituary to local newspapers if you wish. You may see them again before the funeral to go through final details. Your funeral director should always be available should you need to discuss anything with them. At Caerphilly Funeral Services, our lines are open 24/7.
Do You Supply Hearses?
We own and operate a fleet of traditional black hearses and limousines for transporting the deceased, family members and funeral officiant either from home or our funeral home to the cemetery or crematorium and to the wake if needed. All our vehicles are fully valeted before each funeral service. Find out more about our funeral cars and hearses here.
Do You Supply Funeral Flowers?
We do not include funeral flowers as part of our funeral packages. However, your funeral director will be able to recommend florists to you when making the funeral arrangements. For out Traditional Funeral Package, we do supply flowers for the coffin only. For inspiration on choosing funeral flowers, read our recent blog post.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 029 2086 2100. Our lines are open 24/7 and you can speak with a member of our friendly, caring team. For a compassionate funeral director in Caerphilly, contact us today.