Arranging a Funeral | Herne Bay | Canterbury

Arranging a funeral can be an emotionally challenging experience and certain decisions will need to be made at a time when you're least able to do so. We at A Welch and Sons Ltd are here to help and we're just a telephone call away but, for those needing an answer to the many questions you may have, the notes on this page will help.

First Steps

When someone dies it is very common to get in touch with a funeral director. At A.Welch and Sons Ltd, we pride ourselves with the highest standard facilities, service, care and advice we provide to our customers over the last 67 years. From the first moment that you contact us, the telephone will be answered by someone who can give you assistance and advice, 24 hours a day: there are NO automated switchboards or endless departments to choose from.

Transfer of the Deceased

We will transfer the deceased to our private facilities in our own Private Ambulance. Our Ambulance is not sign-written in any way so provides a very discreet means of transfer at any time of the day or night.

We can also arrange for the deceased to be repatriated from within the UK or internationally.

Advice

We will advise you of all procedural and legal requirements relating to your own circumstances. This includes registration of the death, dealing with bank accounts, insurances, probate and estates. If there is ANYTHING you do not understand or need assistance with please ask us.

Arranging the Funeral Service

We will meet with you to arrange the funeral service and ensure that all the necessary paperwork is completed, collated and sent to the appropriate places. If you prefer we will visit you and your family at home at no extra charge. We will contact the funeral celebrant on your behalf, make the necessary arrangements with doctors and hospitals and make all the necessary reservations for the funeral service.

Private Chapels

We have 4 private viewing Chapels where you can visit your loved one. Visits are by appointment only but are arranged at your convenience and include evening and weekend visits.

We also have a private Service Chapel where a complete funeral service can be carried out. We can accommodate approximately 20-30 people for the service.

Mortuary Facilities

Our mortuary facilities were completely refurbished in 2012. We have refrigerated storage facilities for the deceased. We also have a fully equipped Hygienic Treatment Theatre staffed by a fully qualified embalmer.

Our private Chapels of Rest

A Welch and Sons Chapel of rest | Herne Bay

Memoria

We can provide Cards and Books of Remembrance for the funeral service.

We can provide a large range of Cremated Remains Memoria including:

  • Solid Wood Caskets & Urns
  • Metal, Stone, Crystal & Glass Urns
  • Keepsake Jewellery
  • Glass/Crystal Paperweights & Jewellery
  • We will assist you in selecting and ordering Headstones and Gravemarkers.

Everyone has different requirements and expectations of the funeral that they are arranging; every funeral is unique. Our list of services provides a broad overview of what we can provide but it is by no means exhaustive. Whatever you require please talk to us; if it is possible we will do it.

There are 3 things you must do in the first few days after someone dies.

  • Get a medical certificate from a GP or hospital doctor. You’ll need this to register the death.Register the death within 5 days.
  • You’ll then get the documents you need for the funeral.
  • Arrange the funeral - you can use a funeral director or arrange it yourself.

Please note that if the death has been reported to a coroner you can’t register the death until the coroner gives permission.

When registering a death, you will be asked for the following information about the deceased:

  • The date and place of death
  • The full name and usual address (and maiden name if applicable)
  • The date and place of birth
  • The occupation (and name and occupation of her husband if applicable)
  • Details of any pension or allowance from public funds
  • The date and place of birth of any surviving spouse
  • The full name and usual address of the Informant
  • The qualification of the Informant

A Death Certificate can then be obtained on payment of the prescribed fee. This will be needed for obtaining Probate or letters of administration, closing bank accounts and making claims on insurance policies.

The Registrar will also issue a green Registrar’s Certificate for Burial or Cremation which will be needed by the Funeral Director, and a white Certificate of Registration of Death – Form 344/BD8 – which is for Social Security purposes to cancel the payment of pensions and allowances from public funds.

Without a Cause of Death the Registrar cannot allow the death to be registered.

The main duty of the Coroner is to investigate all sudden and unexpected deaths The involvement of the Coroner is to establish who has died, when they died, where they died and how they died

When a death is reported to a coroner

A doctor may report the death to a coroner if the:

  • cause of death is unknown
  • death was violent or unnatural
  • death was sudden and unexplained
  • person who died was not visited by a medical practitioner during their final illness
  • medical certificate isn’t available
  • person who died wasn’t seen by the doctor who signed the medical certificate within 14 days before death
  • death occurred during an operation or before the person came out of anaesthetic
  • medical certificate suggests the death may have been caused by an industrial disease or industrial poisoning

The coroner may decide that the cause of death is clear. In this case:

  • The doctor signs a medical certificate.
  • You take the medical certificate to the registrar.
  • The coroner issues a certificate to the registrar stating a post-mortem isn’t needed.

If the coroner decides to hold an inquest

A coroner must hold an inquest if the cause of death is still unknown, or if the person:

  • possibly died a violent or unnatural death
  • died in prison or police custody
  • You can’t register the death until after the inquest. The coroner is responsible for sending the relevant paperwork to the registrar.

The death can’t be registered until after the inquest, but the coroner can give you an interim death certificate to prove the person is dead. You can use this to let organisations know of the death and apply for probate. When the inquest is over the coroner will tell the registrar what to put in the register.

In the United Kingdom, when someone passes away, a burial or a cremation is usually performed.

Burial

A burial takes place at a cemetery. It can occur after a funeral service has been held in a church or other venue, and, sometimes, a service is held at the graveside.

During a burial, the remains of a loved one, along with the coffin or casket, are memorialised in a grave.

Cremation

When a cremation is chosen as the preferred type of funeral, A . Welch and Sons will arrange for the necessary forms to be completed by the nearest surviving relative.

A cremation takes place at a crematorium. It can occur after a funeral service has been held in a church or other venue. There are many options available with regards to the remains of your loved one which we will be happy to discuss with you in detail.

We can help you with all the necessary requirements for a cremation, including choosing the venue and taking care of all documentation and formalities.

Everyone has different requirements and expectations of the funeral that they are arranging; every funeral is unique. Our list of services provides a broad overview of what we can provide but it is by no means exhaustive. Whatever you require please talk to us; if it is possible we will do it.

Direct Cremation

Not everybody wishes to have a funeral service; they don’t want a fuss made.
Some people have no family or have lost touch with them.
Not everybody wants to spend a lot of money on an elaborate funeral.
Some people believe it is unnecessary to have a funeral service.
There are a lot of good reasons to have this simple cremation.
EVERYBODY HAS A CHOICE.

Key Facts

  • You do not visit the person who died
  • You have no choice of Crematorium, date or time
  • There is no service at the Crematorium
  • You will get the remains which you can scatter, divide or keep
  • The remains are portable. If the family wish “to take them home”, this may be abroad.

Costs

  • Funeral Directors time and overheads (including simple coffin)
  • Cremation fees
  • Doctors fees for Cremation forms (legally required) £82 x2 if a coroner is not involved

£1687 could be all you have to pay, for further information please telephone or call into our office.

In England and Wales, burial took place principally in churchyards until the 19th century. Concerns about hygiene in the mid-19th century resulted in many town and city churchyards being closed. This was followed by the development of larger joint-stock cemeteries and municipal cemeteries, often on urban fringes. These took on the larger proportion of burials. The term ‘burial grounds’ is often used to denote either, though it is also used to denote the burial place of a distinctive group, either by religion or national identity.

Cemetery Burial

Anyone can be buried in a Local Authority cemetery, which will sometimes be divided into sections for different faiths and those of no faith. Different religions and cultures have developed different rites and practices for the disposal of the dead, and these have to be considered and respected. There are a number of separate Jewish and Muslim cemeteries, for example, but there are also many cemeteries where different religions are given separate areas within the public cemetery.

Churchyard Burial

Burial in a Churchyard is open to all members of the parish who have been baptised

As members of the National Association of Funeral Directors (N.A.F.D), A.Welch and Sons Ltd agree to comply with the principles and the details of this Code of Practice.

CODE OF PRACTICE PRINCIPLES (Full document available at NAFD Code of Practice Document)

Code of Practice Principles

1. To observe strictly the confidence of every client at all times.

2. To observe at all times the basic rights of clients as consumers.

3. To render good service at all times and make fair charges in respect of services rendered and for merchandise supplied.

4. To ensure that advertising and marketing is always in good taste. No sensational, offensive or misleading advertising or marketing is permitted.

5. To provide clients with full and fair information about services. To have readily available price lists covering The Simple Funeral Service, and itemised charges for all the constituent parts of the Funeral Director’s services and all types of coffins and caskets provided.

6. To display the price lists referred to in (5) above in the public area of our premises.

7. To give a written estimate of the Funeral Director’s charges and disbursements to be paid on a client’s behalf, together with written confirmation of the funeral arrangements in each and every case, as soon as is practicable before the day of the funeral. No contractual agreement will have been entered into until these documents have been accepted by the client.

8. To provide all clients with an itemised account in a form readily comparable with the estimate.

9. To refrain from soliciting funeral orders, or offering, or giving any reward for recommendation to persons or organisations such as Health Service establishments, Nursing Homes or Coroners’ Offices.

10. To display to the general public the logos of the National Association of Funeral Directors and the Funeral Arbitration Scheme.

11. To co-operate at all times with Trading Standards Officers, Citizens Advice Bureaux, consumer support groups, and any other organisation representing clients in the resolution of complaints or disputes.

12. To partake in, and abide by, the decision of the Conciliation, Independent Arbitration and Disciplinary Committee Procedures of the Association in the resolution of any complaints or disputes between client and Funeral Director(s).

This Code of Practice and adherence here to is monitored by the National Association of Funeral Directors.

You can contact the NAFD in writing to the following address:

National Association of Funeral Directors
618 Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 1AA

If you need further information or clarifications, please do not hesitate to contact us