Funeral Service And In Which Order
If a minister is required to take the funeral service, but there is no preferred minister, then we will arrange for either the local parish minister or a suitable retired minister to officiate at the service. If a non-religious funeral is desired, we can arrange for a person to take the service or alternatively we suggest, a relative or friend of the deceased can provide a tribute together with music (if available), poetry, prose and a time for meditation.
For funeral services in a church or chapel an organist is normally available to play accompanying hymn’s and the music for entering & leaving the building. Similarly, at Poole Crematorium an organist is provided should music and hymn’s required with CD playing facilities to allow our client’s own music CD’s to be used.But if you require one we can arrange one at extra cost, Hymn’s & Music tracks can be order up to 72 working hours before the funeral service through us, to see the up to date list on line
Unfortunately at the crematorium a limited time is available for the funeral service, therefore if hymns are desired then we suggest only one or two be chosen.
- CHAPELS OF REST
It is our practice to include hygienic treatment in our service at no additional cost. Carried out by our qualified embalmer with care and dignity, this treatment helps delay the natural changes which occur after death, and achieves a peaceful and often consoling remembrance for those who wish to view the deceased. After all preparation has been completed, the deceased is then laid to rest
Should relatives and friends wish to visit to pay their final respects, they may call at any time during office opening hours. It is only necessary to make an appointment if it is intended to visit the Chapels of Rest during the evening.(See the times on the Home Page). Unlike some of the other Funeral Directors, we do not levy a charge on anybody wishing to visit the Chapels of Rest. By arrangement, we can provide a saloon car (in office hours) to take clients who haven’t their own transport to the Chapels of Rest if they reside in either the Bournemouth, Poole or the Christchurch area which is at no additional cost.
There is no extra charge for taking the coffin into a private home during normal office hours.
Funeral Service Flow
Throughout the funeral We will be in attendance to personally supervise the arrangements made, and provide guidance on procedures and seating arrangements.
If a limousine or saloon car is organised to take the principal mourners to the funeral service, or it is arranged that the mourners are to follow the hearse from the residence of the deceased in their own private vehicles, then we will advise a time for the arrival of our vehicles.
Generally, we endeavor to arrive at the location of the funeral service a few minutes before the specified time. This enables us to introduce the principal mourners to the minister if they have not already met and allows us the opportunity to check everything is ready. Unless it is requested that the coffin be brought into the church or chapel beforehand, there are three alternatives to the next procedure, which are:
- For all the mourners to process behind the coffin into the church or chapel or
- For the coffin to be brought into the church or chapel as the principal and other mourners stand in their places or
- For only the principal mourners to follow the coffin into the church or chapel as the other mourners stand in their places.
After the service has been completed, We will escort the principal mourners out of the chapel, church or from the graveside to where the floral tributes (if any) have been placed or to their cars, whatever is preferred.
For the situation where we have provide either limousines or saloon cars for the transportation of the principal mourners, we will return them to the address where they were collected from, unless it is required for the mourners to be taken to any other address within the locality, in which case we would appreciate notice to this effect at least 24 hours prior to the funeral.
Please note that all fees and any other disbursements will be settled by ourselves before the funeral commences, therefore unless it is desired to give any additional gratuities, there should be no reason for anybody to be concerned about financial matters at the funeral ceremony itself.