We can arrange a service at any crematorium locally or further a-field if required. The costs of cremations are governed by local authorities and we will advise you on this. The local ‘Wear Valley’ crematorium, which opened in 2009 on the outskirts of coundon has proven to be accessible and accommodating when it comes to the more personal needs of families. However the more traditional options of Durham or Darlington crematorium are requested regularly if there is a link with the family, possibly due to a previous cremation service. No one can be cremated until the cause of death is definitely known. There are certain forms that you will be required to sign.
Ashes may be:
Most burials take place in private or local authority cemeteries. A grave space can be purchased before, or at the time funeral arrangements are made. A Deed of Grant will be issued. Fees vary for Parishioners, Ex-Parishioners, residents and non residents of an area; we will advise you on current fees and additional costs at the time of organising the service.
Should a death occur away from home e.g. in hospital or nursing home, on holiday (inc. abroad) staying with relatives or if a person has moved away from the area, we can arrange transportation home to the North East including any necessary paper work associated with.
PRE-PAID FUNERAL PLANS
With Golden Charter funeral plans you can make all of your own funeral arrangements in advance and at today’s costs. Please refer to our Funeral Plans page for more information// LINK TO FUNERAL PLANS//
We can assist in organising refreshment at a venue or establishment of your choice.
If in-house catering is available we will assist where necessary in the organisation of this, however if outside catering is required we can provide various catering options to suit all tastes from our private caterers. We can also cater at a private residence if a more intimate gathering is required.
The individual requirements of each family can be very different, if required we can assist with a press notice to inform those outside the family and close circle of friends that the death has occurred also where and when the funeral will take place.
We work closely with our chosen florist, who are also a family owned and run local business, to provide a personal and individual service where floral tributes are concerned. We will provide a full brochure of suggested arrangements, and traditional tributes however more bespoke options can be discussed. In some cases a family may wish to use their own florist or have no floral tributes at all.
Working with our local stonemason we can provide a full range of traditional and bespoke memorials. Please refer to our// ‘MEMORIALS//’ page for further information.
All funeral directors are legally required to publish this Price List for a standardised set of products and services. This is to help you think through your options and make choices, and to let you compare prices between different funeral directors (because prices can vary).
ATTENDED FUNERAL (funeral director’s charges only) £1950
This is a funeral where family and friends have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person at the same time as they attend their burial or cremation.
This is a funeral where family and friends may choose to have a ceremony, event or service for the deceased person, but they do not attend the burial or cremation itself.
FEES YOU MUST PAY
For an Attended or Unattended burial funeral, the burial fee.1
In this local area, the typical cost of the burial fee for local residents is:
Please discuss any specific religious, belief-based and/or cultural requirements that you have with the funeral director.
ADDITIONAL FUNERAL DIRECTOR PRODUCTS AND SERVICES
This funeral director may be able to supply a range of optional, additional products and services, or to arrange (on your behalf) for a third party to supply them. Examples include:
The funeral director can give you a full list of what they can supply. They are likely to charge for these additional products and services, so you may choose to take care of some arrangements without their involvement, or you can use a different supplier.
1 This fee (which is sometimes called the interment fee) is the charge made for digging and closing a new grave, or for reopening and closing an existing grave.
2 In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you will usually need to pay doctors’ fees as well. This is the charge for two doctors to sign the Medical Certificates for Cremation