Other things which you may require assistance with are . . . .

 Don't forget to use the links marked with our 'Dandelion',            please use these links to other                      resources to assist you with some of the queries you may have. 

Funeral Tea or Wake


Following the funeral service families may wish to gather at a local venue for refreshments or to catch up, reminisce and exchange stories.  There are many suitable venues available - below we have linked those closest to the crematoriums.


The Sandboy, Bawsey

The Crown, Gayton

The Black Swan Inn

Elm Farm Country House


For those wishing to cater in their own home or a

village hall we can highly recommend the ladies at -


Sue's Country Teapot

Cremated Remains

At the time of making the funeral arrangements, it is not always easy to know where the final resting place of a loved one should be.


Some families decide to leave a loved one at the crematorium, the crematorium staff are available to guide you through the options.


Some wish to have the cremated remains interred in a churchyard

or cemetery and we can make arrangments with the clergy or local authority for you.  Some wish to have a loved one at home and we offer a range of suitable containers - full size caskets and urns, keepsakes and jewellery, for this.


However, some find it difficult to decide straight away and we are more than happy to take care of your loved ones remains until you feel ready to make that decision.

Help with Funeral Costs


Under certain circumstances you may be eligible for a contribution towards funeral expenses from the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) Social Fund.


This will generally apply should there be insufficient funds and you

or your partner are/were in receipt of a benefit.

For a claim to be processed, a BSP1 Bereavement Support Payment’ form will need to be completed by the claimant and sent, together with a copy of the funeral account, to the nearest Job centre Plus within three months of the funeral taking place.


You may be eligible for a Funeral Payment from the Social Fund

if you or your partner are receiving any of the following benefits

or tax credits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit (or the Council Tax payer where you live gets a Second Adult Rebate because you are on a low income)
  • Working Tax Credit which includes a disability or severe disability element
  • Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family element


The term ‘partner’ is used here to mean: A person you are married to or person you live with as if you are married to them, a civil partner, or person you live with as if you are civil partners.


For further help and advice please visit the following websites :-


Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

Citizens Advice Bureau

Money Advice Service


To print off or download a copy of SF200 please click here





A memorial, be it a headstone, cremation tablet or oak cross, is a lasting tribute to your loved one and can once again be an

upsetting and confusing time.


It is important therefore that time, thought and consideration are given to the design and inscription in order to reflect the personality of the deceased and create a unique lasting memorial.


Your choice of memorial may be governed by churchyard and cemetery regulations.  For instance kerbing, statuary and book designs are not permitted in a churchyard.  Local authority regulations are a little more flexible.


The location of the grave may also be a deciding factor as some materials - granite for example - will weather better than a natural stone.


The inscription or wording is the most personal thing and should

above all reflect your memories of your loved one.  You may wish to consider a verse or phrase as well as a design or drawing.


A detailed memorial brochure is available upon request with help

and guidance always at hand throughout your decision making

from either ourselves or from the stonemason.


Once you have decided upon the style, design and wording,

the order will be placed with the stonemason who will obtain

all necessary aurthorisation for you and will then deal direct with

you as a family.



M. B. Howell

Paul Miles

"Your life is made up of two dates and a dash.
Make the most of the dash."


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