Arranging a Funeral

When faced with a situation of arranging a funeral if you have not done this before it can be a very daunting task. At Richard Bird Funeral Services we are always here to support and advise you every step of the way.

We will guide you through the detail, advise you of all the options and choices available and work with you to arrange a funeral that is personal to your family and reflects the life it celebrates. No matter whether it is a simple funeral or more elaborate service that you have in mind we are here to guide you through everything and provide attention to detail in everything we do.

In order for us to start helping you make arrangements for your loved one’s funeral you as the person making the arrangements must have the authority of the family to do so and be able to make decisions and give instructions.

You are welcome to come to our funeral office to discuss the arrangements or if you would prefer we can visit you at your home or location of choice.

Things you will need to think about are:

  • Burial, Cremation or Repatriation
  • Coffin, casket and urn selection – we have brochures to help you make a decision
  • Dressing the deceased – what you would like them to wear as their final outfit and whether you would like to dress your loved one or you would like us to.
  • Where the deceased should rest prior to the funeral – with us in our Chapel of Rest or at Home with you if it is practical
  • Where the funeral is to be held
  • Religious or secular service
  • Who is to conduct and speak at the funeral service
  • Whether to have floral tributes or donations to charity or a combination of both
  • Who to invite to the funeral
  • Who should be informed of the death
  • Newspaper Notices
  • What costs are appropriate

Arranging a funeral is a unique opportunity to celebrate the life of a loved one and at Richard Bird Funeral Services we are always available to guide and advise you throughout.

Feel free to call us anytime of day or night to discuss your thoughts, concerns and wishes. We will always help in any way they can. Saying goodbye to your loved one is a very distressing time so we are here to make things a little easier by guiding you through everything and being there for you and your family.

Initial Concerns:

A lot of people are understandably very concerned by the cost of a funeral. ‘Can I really afford to pay for a quality Funeral Director like Richard Bird Funeral Services?’ is a question we are often asked. The answer is of course you can as at Richard Bird Funeral Services we will tailor the cost to suit your specific needs. We are keen to ensure that we are able to meet the needs of everyone. What people often don’t realise, is that Richard Bird Funeral Services carry out D.W.P. funerals, council local authority funerals and funerals for local hospitals, all at the same very high standard and with the same attention to detail.

We offer a range of package funerals as well as basic funerals. All you need to do is explain to us your needs or budget and we will help work out something suitable that you are happy with. We can advise on any grants that may be available. You will be pleasantly surprised at the help you could receive, and we will of course fill out the forms and claim these grants for you if this is applicable. Please don’t be afraid to talk to us and we will do our best to help in any way we can.  It can be a lot cheaper than you first think so just get in touch before worrying about cost.