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Funeral Guide


At T Allen, we believe that every funeral is individual to the family concerned, and that everybody deserves their own unique send off. However, there are a few frequently asked questions when it comes to funerals and the related services which we have answered below. Hopefully these help you and answer any queries or concerns you may have. Our friendly team of staff are also available to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information

Immediate Concerns:

It can be really difficult to choose a funeral firm that you feel suits your loved one, especially if you’re having to make the decision quickly, or under pressure. There are a few things we would recommend looking out for to ensure that the funeral firm is reputable, such as them being a member of a trade association, such as NAFD (National Association Of Funeral Directors). Beyond this, people often seek recommendations from friends or family, but doctors and solicitors can also often point you in the right direction. The most important thingis that you feel comfortable and secure in your choice, using a friendly and supportive firm.
Registering the death is an important part of the funeral process – all deaths have to be registered within 5 days as a legal requirement.
It is possible to begin sorting arrangements with your chosen funeral firm before the death has been registered, however in order for the funeral itself to take place, the death needs to have been registered as above.

Not at all – nowadays there are a number of alternative funeral types, from high church to secular and humanist, with some individuals opting for an entirely eco-friendly funeral. We know that every family has different needs, so are really happy to discuss this and find the best type of funeral for you.

On The Day:

At T Allen we are with you every step of the way through your funeral arrangements, including on the day itself. We are here to help so please ask and we can run you through exactly how everything goes on the day of the funeral in advance so you are prepared.

Yes, it is down to the individual families whether they want to have family and friends as pallbearers. We have further information about how to be a pallbearer here which may be of use.

Funeral Costs & Payments:

Any reputable funeral directors will be upfront with you regarding costs from the very start of the process. As an NAFD member, we have to abide by strict codes of practise and ethics, and as such will provide a full written estimate of costs to you.

There is some assistance available from the Department for work & pensions (DWP) social fund which could provide some support for funeral costs if you meet the right criteria. You can find more information about our charges and our friendly team are happy to help you through the process.

A funeral plan offers a pre-agreed set of services for a specific cost to help you make arranging the day as simple as possible.

There are so many benefits to taking out a pre-paid funeral plan. Perhaps the greatest is thatit gives you the control back, allowing you to choose your own funeral arrangements for yourown peace of mind but also that of your family. It also helps you get ahead of rising funeral costs and ensures that you leave no worry behind for your loved ones.

Those are just a few of the most commonly asked questions, which we really hope makes this whole process a little easier for you. However, if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today. We’re here to help and support you.