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

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 -

 

Teapot Catering

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 arrangements

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.

Memorials

 

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 authorisation for you and will then deal direct with you as a family.

 

Stonemasons that we recommend are Paul Miles and  M. B. Howell

 

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

 

This information is currently being updated please check back later 

 

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

 

 

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Make the most of the dash."

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