When you call us we’ll need to know some preliminary details such as whether your loved one has died at home, in hospital or in a private nursing home. We’ll help you decide where the body should rest before the funeral – our private chapels offer a peaceful and dignified environment.

We’ll also arrange an appointment for you to meet with a funeral director either at our office or at your home or a friend/relative’s home to discuss the funeral arrangements.

Considerations for the funeral arrangements will include whether to opt for cremation or burial, an appropriate date for the service, type of service (religious or non-religious), music, obituary notices for press announcements, floral tributes and transport to and from the church/burial site/crematorium.

It’s important to check if the deceased made a will and you should consult their solicitors to establish the deceased’s wishes regarding the funeral arrangements. The will shall also disclose the names of the executors or persons legally entitled to deal with the estate and any matters relating to taxation that may arise.

Our funeral directors will oversee the completion of the statutory cremation forms by the appropriate doctors and will contact the crematorium, church or cemetery on your behalf to arrange the service.

Relatives and friends often wish to visit the deceased person in the chapel of rest to pay their last respects before the funeral; we only allow this with express consent from the family.

For more information on how to arrange a funeral, please get in touch with one of our funeral directors in Dorset.