Your Choice Of Funeral

We firmly believe that every funeral should be as individual as the deceased and that the choices made should truly reflect their life, personality and character - making it a unique celebration of their life - this is why it is our policy not to impose urgency or apply undue pressure on you to make arrangements.


You will find links within the information given on this website, marked with our 'Dandelion',        

please use these links to other resources to assist you with some of the queries you may

have whilst making the funeral arrangements but please remember we are always here to answer

any queries personally.

"The life of the dead is placed
   in the memory of the living"
       Marcus Tulliuis Cicaro
The Funeral Service


The first decision we usually ask people to make, unless wishes are known, is whether or not the service shall be a burial or cremation and also where the service is to be held - church, graveside, crematorium chapel or an alternative venue.

Whatever your decision we will liaise on your behalf and make all the arrangements for you.


You may wish to browse some of the sites below

for further information before making a decision  


Mintlyn Crematorium

Cromer Crematorium

St. Faith's Crematorium / Earlham Crematorium

Colney Wood Burial Park

Norfolk Bluebell Wood

Norwich Diocese


Registering the Death


A death occuring in England and Wales should be registered within 5 days.  Changes in the Norfolk Registration system now mean that a death can be registered at any Registration office.

Appointments can be made for any Norfolk registration office by calling 0344 800 8020

or by visiting


Norfolk Registration Services

Registration Office Addresses


It is advisable to ascertain how many certificates you require for solicitor, banks, insurances etc, before you attend the Registrar as copies required later demand a higher fee.

The fee is currently £ 11.00 per certificate.


Further changes have seen the introduction of the

'Tell Us Once' scheme which will assist you in informing other government departments ie DWP and DVLA of the death.  The Registrar will again provide you with the information you need for this.

Alternative Transportation / Services
As well as the traditional hearse and following limousine, if required, we are able to offer and organise for you a range of alternative modes of transport.


Horse Drawn Hearse

Motorcycle Hearse

Trike Hearse

Vintage Lorry

Volkswagen Vehicles



other services we can organise

on your behalf include:


Civil Celebrants / Humanist Ministers

Orders of Service

Keepsake Bookmarks

Dove Releases

Highland Piper or Bugler

Hymns and Music


Increasingly families are chosing musical elements, be it a favourite hymn or song, that reflect the life and times of the deceased.


There are generally few restrictions on the choice of music allowed but out of courtesy choices should be discussed with the minister/celebrant leading the service.  We can help source both sheet and CD music and if required can provide a music system for use in church.


Please use this link to the

Wesley Media Centre



where you will find a comprehensive list of ideas for both hymns and contemporary music choices.

 Floral Tributes or Donations


A floral tribute is the traditional way to pay tribute and express sympathy. The range available is comprehensive and most varieties of flowers are available all year round.  Chosing a tribute will not only bring comfort to you but will reflect your remembrance of your loved one.  We are happy to arrange your flowers for you but you may wish to look at some of the designs available.



Sarah Coxon

Starlings Florist


Many families are now chosing to receive charitable donations in lieu of flowers. There are many worthy causes and it is sometimes an additional comfort to know that your generosity has helped others in need.  Donation monies are accepted on your behalf, administered and in due course forwarded onto the chosen charity(ies).


Charities Commission 

Announcements and Online Memorials
Newspaper announcements in either a local or national newspaper are placed to inform people of the death and provide details of the funeral and any request for flowers or donations. 
We are able to assist with the drafting and
placing of any announcement.
Your will be able to view press notices at -
We also offer the option of having funeral details placed on our website and noticeboard.

Online memorials are a creative way of sharing photos and memories of a life and will often appeal to younger members of the family who may wish to create an online memorial for family and friends.



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