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How to organise a funeral

As your appointed funeral director, we can take care of all the practical arrangements on your behalf and guide you every step of the way. We can offer advice on the options and choices for the funeral, and ensure that the arrangements are made in accordance with your wishes and those of the deceased.

The death will need to be registered by the person responsible for the funeral and we will advise you of the procedure to be followed.

Other important decisions include:

  • whether the funeral is to be a cremation or burial
  • where it will happen (chapel, church, crematorium or graveside)
  • when the funeral is to take place (day, date, time - subject to availability)

We are sensitive to all personal funeral requests and will help you organise the kind of funeral you wish however simple or complex these arrangements may be. We have experience in arranging a wide range of funerals, both religious and secular.

We recommend that you speak directly with one of our staff as soon as practicable.

Registering a Death

The death will also need to be registered by the person arranging the funeral, the death must be registered in the district in which it has occurred, within 5 days.

The doctor’s Certificate of Death should be taken to the Registrar’s Office with, if possible, the Medical Card and Birth Certificate of the Deceased.

We can assist with this process and take you to the registrars office, however you will need to provide the following information about the deceased, to the registrar in person:

a) Full name
b) Date and place of birth
c) Date and place of death

d) Marital status
e) Home address
f) Last occupation (even if retired)
g) If married at date of death – date of birth of surviving partner
h) If female and either married or widowed, maiden name and husband’s full name and occupation


The Registrar will issue a GREEN CERTIFICATE which is required by us before the funeral can take place.

If the death is referred to the Coroner, it would be advisable to contact us so that provisional arrangements can be made prior to the Coroner giving permission for the registration and the funeral to take place.


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