It is advisable to consult with us at an early stage
in order to decide upon the options available, particularly
if the circumstances appear difficult or complicated.
You need to decide on Cremation or Burial.
We attend to the additional documentation which is required for
a Cremation, any fees payable
on your behalf being itemised on the final account.
Most Crematoria have adequate facilities for a full funeral service in pleasant surroundings - often with facilities to sing hymns - although there are no extra charges when a Church Service is held before going to the Crematorium.
Crematoria in this area are situated at Altrincham, Macclesfield, Crewe, Chester, Manchester, Widnes, Eccles and Stockport. Seating is limited at some of these and a short committal ceremony can often be more private if non-family mourners attend at church only.
It is usual for an appointment to be made in order to witness the final resting place of the remains.
We arrange with the appropriate authorities for the opening of a grave for the Burial. In this area we are served by both Public Cemeteries and SOME Churchyards where Burial is still available.
Everyone has the right to purchase a grave in a Public Cemetery, although non-residents of the Borough owning the Cemetery are required to pay double or treble fees, dependent upon local bye-laws.
Available space in existing graves can be used by relatives of the grave owner, usually on production of the original grave deed or, alternatively, a signed statutory cemetery indemnity form if the grave deed has been lost.
A churchyard which still accepts burials is known as an Open Churchyard. Usually there are no Grave Deeds; the Church Registers being the Statutory Records.
A churchyard which no longer accepts burials is known as a Closed Churchyard.
Those eligible to request a Burial in an Open Churchyard are:-