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Planning a Funeral


A death should be registered in the district in which it has occurred and wherever possible it should be done by a near relative or an executor. The Registrar will require the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death forwarded by the treating doctor (either the G.P. or Hospital Doctor). The Registrar will issue a Green Certificate, which is either forwarded directly to your chosen Funeral Director or an original copy will be handed to you there and then. The Registrar will also issue a White Certificate of Registration which may be required if claiming any Social Security benefits when they apply.

You may also request Certified Copies of the Entry of Death which will be needed for legal purposes. Such copies will be required for Life Assurance, Probate, Banks, Savings Certificates, Premium Bonds, company shares and other financial interests, although they may not all need to keep a copy. Registration can either be completed on line or on the telephone. It may be necessary to attend the Registrars’ office in person. Details of the Registrars’ addresses and hours for the various local districts are available from our offices.


There are various reasons why a death may have to be reported to the Coroner by a Doctor or by the Police. The Coroner’s duty is to establish the medical cause of death when, for whatever reason, a Doctor is unable to certify. If this is the case, relatives will be kept informed by the Coroner’s Office. If the wish is for cremation the Registrar does not issue a Green Certificate, since we will receive a cremation authorisation certificate direct from the Coroner. Nevertheless a relative will still need to confirm details with the registrars by email or telephone.


Whether your choice is for burial or cremation either locally or at a distance, we are able to make all necessary arrangements on your behalf. From our extensive choice of coffins and other services you will be able to select everything suitable to your needs and within your means.

A typical funeral would include the removal of the deceased from the place of death to our Private Chapels, care of the deceased, the provision of a fully fitted and furnished coffin as selected from our illustrated brochure or on our website, the use of a Private Chapel, making all arrangements for the funeral inclusive of all administration and liaising with officiants, Cemetery or Crematorium, Doctors etc. Also included is the completion and delivery of all necessary documentation to ensure the funeral proceeds as arranged, the provision of a hearse, bearers, the Funeral Director and the supply of any limousines required.

Pre-Payment Plan

Planning ahead for your funeral is one of the most thoughtful and caring things you can do. Some people never get round to discussing funeral wishes with their loved ones, which can lead to all sorts of worry and anxiety when the time comes.

Taking out a funeral plan is a simple and straightforward way to remove this worry, and it can provide real financial benefits too. Some of the other benefits include;

  • -Pre-arrange the details of your funeral and record any special wishes, such as hymns, music choice and any other personal touches you would like your plan to include
  • -Make financial provision for your funeral
  • -Choose your funeral director in advance
  • -Ensure your family has access to expert help at what can be a difficult time.

Our funeral plan is available to UK residents and there are no complicated medical forms to complete. You can also appoint a nominated representative who we will keep informed about your plan, according to your instructions.

Our plans cover our costs (as specified in the plan paperwork) as long as we carry out the funeral and your requirements don’t change. You can also make a contribution towards third party costs, such as the cremation fees. These costs are outside of our control.

For more information, please download our funeral plans brochure.

How your funds are held – All funeral plan pre-payments are held in an individual whole of life assurance policy for your peace of mind.

Backed by a trusted, national provider- Our funeral plans are provided by Ecclesiastical Planning Services Limited, which is part of a specialist, UK-based financial services group.

Flexible payment options- You can choose to pay for your funeral plan by lump sum or in instalments. There is an additional cost for paying over two or more years and eligibility criteria applies. Please refer to the Instalment Q&A and the Terms and Conditions for more information. Your funeral director will be able to provide you with a personalised quote.

Once your funeral plan is in place, you’ll receive a welcome booklet containing the details of your plan and your funeral plan certificate. Your nominated representative will also receive a copy if you request this.

Terms and Conditions apply to funeral plans – please ask us if you have any questions.

We are an Appointed Representative of Ecclesiastical Planning Services Limited Reg. No. 2644860, registered in England at Benefact House, 2000 Pioneer Avenue, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4AW, UK, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Firm Reference Number 958152. The Financial Conduct Authority regulates pre-paid funeral plans only.