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In all aspects of the funeral arrangements our staff will point out the procedures and legal requirements.

Whilst arranging the funeral, we will advise on costs and charges to be incurred, culminating in a full written estimate that should be arranged and signed so that you feel confident with the funeral commitment you have arranged.

The funeral account itself is divided into two separate parts, the funeral directors charges and the disbursements. These contain our professional fees and overhead costs, which include the provision of a 24 hour a day on call rota, our professional services in making the funeral arrangements and arranging documentation and necessary personal attendances, the conveyance of the deceased to our private chapel rest rooms and the use of the same until the day of the funeral.

Relatives and friends often wish to visit the deceased and pay their last respects before the day of the funeral, on the specific request of the family.

Hygienic treatment and attendances of the deceased are also considered to be very important by our company. The last time you saw a loved one may have been a distressing memory, perhaps in hospital or for the purposes of identification. In any event we believe that, in asking us to look after a member of your family, you would like to be a certain at the best that could be done for your relative has been done whether you wish to visit the deceased before the funeral or not.

How do I pay for a loved ones funeral and what happens if I can’t afford to pay for a funeral?

You may receive help if there is not enough money to pay for the funeral and you are responsible for making the funeral arrangements and you or your partner are receiving any of the following benefits:

  • Pension Credit
  • Income Support
  • Housing Benefit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Council Tax Benefit

Check the amount of money available from:

  • The estate of the person who has died, such as money from bank or building society accounts
  • Any insurance policies or charities, lump sum payments made by a pension scheme or relatives, (either yours or those of the person who has died).
  • Any savings you have in a bank or building society, national savings (including certificates and premium bonds) or in cash at home.
  • The savings may be in your name or the name of your partner. The Widow’s payment does not count as savings.
  • The social fund may make a contribution towards the cost of a simple funeral within the United Kingdom.

This includes:

  • Bringing the body home if the person dies away from home but within the United Kingdom
  • The death certificate
  • A standard coffin
  • The hearse for the coffin and bearers
  • Flowers from the person who is arranging the funeral
  • Contribution towards fees of funeral director
  • Chaplain and organist fee or simple funeral
  • Cemetery fee or crematorium fee
  • Doctors’ fees

If you require any further clarification on the above please feel free to contact Gills Funeral Care Services.

To view or download this information guide in PDF format please click on the link below.

Gills Funeral Care – Cost Guide

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For more information please contact us or call us on (01922) 622 243