What We Need To Know

Arranging a funeral can seem a daunting task. At Smiths Funeral Directors we will guide you through the funeral arrangements at your own speed. Using our experience we can tailor the funeral to your need. We will advise you of the options and the choices are yours.

The questions below will provoke conversation and allow you to reflect on some of the areas prior to making the funeral arrangements. These questions are some of the fundamental elements in arranging a funeral:

The following are some of the questions we will ask you when arranging the funeral:

  • Is the service to be a burial or cremation?
  • If the service is to be a burial, where would the preferred location be, a Churchyard, cemetery or natural surrounding?
  • If you have chosen a cremation, at the committal you have the choice of the curtains to close around the coffin or for the coffin to stay on view until you have left the chapel?
  • If cremation, what intentions do you have regarding the cremated remains? There are a number of options and we are happy to discuss these with you.
  • Where would you like the service to be held?
  • Is the service to be religious, civil or humanist?
  • Your choice of music and/or hymns?
  • Would you like an order of service printed?
  • Where would you like the funeral cortege to leave from, the deceased’s home, a family’s address, from our Chapels of Rest, or meet at the place of service or committal?
  • Do you require any limousine(s)? In each limousine there is room for six passengers.
  • The limousine(s) can be used to follow the hearse from a private address, collect your family from a private address and meet the hearse at our Chapel of Rest, on route or at the service.
  • Flowers and or donations?
  • Do you require a death notice to be placed in either a local or national newspaper? We will place a complimentary notice onto our website for you.
  • Type of coffin? To see coffin choices Click Here.
  • Would you like your loved one to wear their own clothing or for us to provide a robe set ?
  • If your loved one is wearing jewellery, is it to remain on or to be removed for return?

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As a church organist, I have had a lot of dealings with funeral directors. I can honestly say that Smiths are the best I have encountered - when it came to my mum's funeral, they were absolutely terrific. Everything was done with not only tact and sensitivity, but also perfect efficiency. I would add that their charges are very reasonable. Heartfelt gratitude to them.

David Pattrick

On behalf of my family I just want to say a big thankyou to Smiths Funeral Directors. They made a very difficult task a lot easier. Arrangements were easy and we felt very comforted. We were kept informed every step of the way.

The day itself was handled professionally and personally. I could not give a higher recommendation.

A friendly well organised local family business that definitely know their business. Thank you to all your staff.

Simon Husbands

At every stage of what was a real difficult time, Ian, Ruth and their team gave us magnificent advice and support. Our family could not have wished for better service. Thank you.

Bruce Ferguson
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