How do I know if the death has occurred?
Look for movement to the chest. Can you feel a pulse? Does mist appear on a mirror if held to the mouth? Does the person respond to a pain stimulus?
If you are unsure then immediately ring for an ambulance.
Does the deceased need to be moved by a funeral director?
No – with the technical help of a funeral director the deceased may be kept at home for several days.
Where is the body kept once it has been moved?
The deceased will be cared for in our mortuary which uses refrigeration to aid the preservation. The deceased will remain in our mortuary until they have been prepared for the chapel of rest.
What do I do next?
You need to register the death. You will need to collect the medical death certificate which you will then need to take to the registrar. You will also need to make initial contact with a funeral director.
Where do I collect the medical death certificate?
If the death has occurred at home or in a nursing home, the GP will issue the medical death certificate. They will either give this to you directly or you may need to collect it from the surgery. If the death occurred in a hospital you will be given the certificate by the bereavement office.
Where do I register the death?
The death needs to be registered in the area where the death occurred, even if the death occurred a distance from home. The hospital and/or the funeral director will be able to advise you on this.
How many copies of the death certificate will I need?
The Registrar will issue you with one copy. You will need another 4-5 copies to be able to send to the bank, solicitors etc. They cost approx. £11.00 each.
When do I have to register by?
Deaths in England and Wales or Northern Ireland should be registered within 5 days – if this is not going to be possible, you should inform the Registrar. In Scotland, deaths must be registered within 8 days.
How soon can the funeral take place?
It is best to allow between 7 to 10 days, however in particular circumstances the funeral can take place within 24 hours of the death. We will, of course, ensure that the date of the funeral is convenient for you and your family.
What is a chapel of rest?
The chapel of rest is a viewing room which allows families to privately pay their respects to the deceased.
Can I bring in clothing for the deceased to be dressed in?
Yes you can. Alternatively we can dress the deceased in one of our gowns.
Am I able to put personal items into the coffin?
Yes, you can put personal items in the coffin, however we cannot allow any metal and glass items.
Do I have to have a religious ceremony?
Most funerals in the UK follow traditional religious practices with a typical service taking approx. 20-30 minutes. In some cases this may extend to over an hour.
However there is also the option of a secular service which could include poetry, music and an appreciation of the deceased’s life. We are able to arrange a secular officiant for you. Bungard Funeral Directors can support any arrangement and offer a range of religious and non-religious services.
You may find the following useful:
Humanist Funerals and Memorials
Funeral Information from The Catholic Church
Funeral Information from The Church of England
Funeral Information from The Methodist Church
Funeral Information from The Baptist Church
Funeral Information for Sikhs
Funeral Information for Buddhists
Funeral Information for Muslims
Funeral Information for the Jewish Community
Can members of the family and funeral bear the coffin?
Most definitely. To help, we would give a quick briefing to help prepare those who wish to carry. We will be on hand to help at all times with carrying the coffin.
Is there any other mode of transportation apart from the hearse to carry the coffin?
We can organise horsedrawn carriages, motorcycle hearses or tractor trailers. We can accommodate most requests for funeral transportation as long as they are safe.
How soon can I collect the cremated remains after the funeral?
You are able to collect the cremated remains the next working day, following the funeral. It is possible to have them back on the same day of the funeral as long as the service takes place first thing in the morning.
Is the coffin cremated with the deceased?
Yes. Once the coffin has left the funeral directors the deceased cannot be removed from it.
How do I know that the cremated remains I receive back are those of my loved ones?
The cremation process is governed by strict rules and regulations. The crematorium authorities take great care to ensure that every individual cremation is kept completely separate.
How much will the funeral cost?
There are several factors that determine the funeral cost i.e. style of funeral, choice of coffin, number of limousines required, etc. We will provide you with an itemised estimate of funeral costs so that you are fully aware before making any decisions.
How do I pay?
We request a deposit to cover the disbursements (i.e. clergy, cemetery, crematorium fees). An invoice is sent out a week after the funeral for the balance to be settled.
What if I cannot pay?
If you are having trouble paying for a funeral that you have to arrange, you may be able to get a Social Fund Funeral Payment to help you with the cost, however it is not a set figure as each case is looked at individually. For more information you will find the link below useful: