There is much to take in at this difficult time but we hope that this page will guide you in the things you made need to consider when planning the funeral.

• What are the formal and legal requirements regarding registering the death?

• What time and where would you like the funeral to take place?

• Has the decision for cremation or burial been made?

• Will the service be religious or non-religious?

• Will there be an anouncement in the newspaper?

• Should there be family flowers and/or donations to a charity of your choice?

• Would you like to have an Order of Service printed?


Registering the Death

Once we have been asked to take care of the deceased, we will inform the family when their loved ones are safely with us.

If the death was unexpected or has been reported to a Coroner by a Doctor, a Post Mortem may have to be carried out.

Currently, once the doctors papers are completed and availability at the selected crematorium has been confirmed, a service can take place within approxiametly seven working days. This can only be done by appointment with the Registrar. Should an inquest be opened you will not be able to register, however the funeral may still take place and you will be issued with an interim certificate.

Bath Registry Office: 01225 477234

Frome Registry Office: 01373 462887

We can provide details of other registration districts.

Patient Affairs at the Royal United Hospital, Bath can be contacted on 01225 824015 for any deaths occuring there.


What time and where would you like the funeral take place?

We are happy to guide you through the options offered by churches, cemeteries and crematoriums.

Currently, once the doctors paper are completed and availability at the selected crematorium has been confirmed, a service can take place within approxiametly three days.

Burials require slightly more time due to the nature of selecting the grave plot and the grave digging which can require a minimum of 5 working days.

Natural Burials are becoming a much popular option. Below are links to three of the more local burial grounds in the South West, including details of what they provide, how to visit and what they can provide.

Bath Natural Burial Meadow, Midford -
Bristol Memorial Woodlands -
Fevin Nature Reserve Burial Ground, Somerton -

Our individual and personal approach to funeral arrangements will ensure that the wishes of your loved onesare as fulfilled as we can possibly make them. This may include newspaper announcements, bequests to charities, choice of hymns and music or service sheets.


Funeral Costs

This is variable and dependent on how much you wish to spend on items such as the coffin, floral tributes, funeral vehicles, the type and style of the service and service sheets. In addition to our professional charges there will also be certain external charges that need to be met regardless of the funeral style. 

Prices applicable as of 1st December 2017

• Crematorium Fees: (please note, all three crematoriums listed below have shorter time slots of half an hour at 9am and 9.30am at a lower cost)

Haycombe £795.00

Mendip £875.00

Semington £915.00
Westerleigh £915.00

• Doctors’ Fees (for cremation only): £164.00 

• Ministers Fees: £190.00 (£10.00 for travel expenses may be added)

• Clarkson’s non-religious Service Taker: £85.00

• Purchase of Burial Plot (Haycombe, for residents of Bath): from £893.00

• Churchyard or Cemetery elsewhere - prices on application

• Grave Digging (any depth): Haycombe, Bath: £643.00

• Church Cemetery: Prices on application

• Newspaper Notice’s - prices on request (the average notice for the Bath Chronicle is £60.00)

• Service Sheets:
as a guidline, our most popular service sheet is a 4 page booklet printed on 280gsm white card:
- includes as many coloured photographs as you would like on the front and back page only
- black and white only on the inside pages
- all design, set-up and layout included in this cost
£1.30 per copy of the service sheet. (Example; 25 copies = £32.50)
*should there be more than 70 copies printed, a discounted rate can be offered.

• Limousine (licensed to carry 7 people): £165.00

• People Carrier (licensed to carry 6 people): £100.00


Professional Charges

Minister's Fees will increase from January 1st 2018 as per the instructions of the Archbishops' Council.

Please note that we do not charge for our service, up to the age of 18 years.

Should you choose to have something different, we can show you our range of alternatives, and the cost is only what we would be charged for these personal choices. The only costs incurred are from disbursements and outside providers.

Our Traditional Arrangements:                  £2285.00

Arranging and conducting the Funeral including thep provision of a hearse, 4 bearers to carry into the Church or Crematorium (we pride ourselves on always carrying the coffin, however should we feel this would not be safe, we will discuss the options with you during our arrangement), Funeral Director throughout and our guidance on related matters including organisation of a charitable fund for donations, bringing the deceased into our care*, preparation of the deceased, use of the chapel of rest for visits, the family's choice of date and time the funeral takes place including location, ashes returned to client or requested location, storage of the ashes, 24/7 contact with a member of staff from Clarkson's.

With this arrangement there is the choice of any coffin (please see list below for information, of which all images are on our 'coffins' page)


The Ashton; Foil, light wood coffin - £145.00

The Prenton; Oak venered coffin - £165.00

The Milburn; Mahogany veneered coffin - £175.00

The Prescot; Oak veneered coffin with square panels and double raised lid - £220.00

The Claughton; Solid oak coffin with routered panel sides and double raised lid - £610.00

Last Supper; Solid oak with side panels, crown of thorns end and choice of 4 stains - from £695.00

Somerset Willow Wicker Coffin; locally sourced wicker coffins with option of coloured bands and low carbon footprint- from £550.00
*there is the option of ready made, imported wicker coffins from other suppliers, that do not have a choice of colour or bands from £320.00

Banana Leaf, Woolly and Seagrass - from £370.00

Colourful Coffin - from £400.00

Cardboard Coffin; plain, patterned or block colour - from £180.00             

                 We are not restricted to the above listed coffins, and other options such as MDF, untouched/unfinished wood, caskets and handmade are all    available - price on request.   


Our Limited Arrangement:                    £1995.00

Arranging and conducting the Funeral including hearse, a flat lid lined coffin, preparation of the deceased, chapel visits within opening hours, a small notice in the local newspaper, charitable account and storage of the ashes, and the funeral service date and time, agreed by us, is limited to either 9.30 am appointments, or 4pm in the afternoon.
Please note that for Funerals in Bath and Saltford this is restricted to Haycombe Crematorium.

With this package, the option of a limousine is not available nor is the option of burial, it is for a cremation service only. Nor are we able to put any floral tributes onto our account, these will need to be paid directly to the florist.

Please see our separate page for Pre-Paid Plans and to see just some of the selection of coffins that are available for you to chose.

*please note that any removal 'out of hours' will incur an additional charge of £90.00

Additional bearers will be charged at the rate of £34.00 each should we deem necessary, however this will be discussed with you at the time of arranging the funeral.

     Children's Services
"Death is something that touches us all at some time in our lives but the death of a child is almost unbearable. It is a loss that affects each member of the family. As a family funeral directors, over the years, it has been our privilege to be entrusted with the task of arranging the funerals of many little ones who have lost their fight for life.

We are never intrusive, mindful that our role is to undertake the arrangements, always aware that this child is yours. There is no restriction on your visiting your little one in our chapel as often as you wish, though this is done by appointment to allow for your privacy and ensure you can spend as long as you wish.

We do not charge for our service, up to the age of 18 years and we also supply, at no extra cost, our standard coffin. Should you choose to have something different, we can show you our range of alternatives, and the cost is only what we would be charged"


DoLS: Deprivation of Liberty Safegaurds

Article 5 of the Human Rights Act states that 'everyone has the right to liberty and security of person. No one shall be deprived of his or her liberty [unless] in accordance with a procedure prescribed in law'.

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards is the procedure prescribed in law when it is necessary to deprive of their liberty a resident or patient who lacks capacity to consent to their care and treatment in order to keep them safe from harm.

Please note that in almost all cases, DoLS is only applied to those in the care of a hospital, hospice, care home or nursing home. You should always be informed by the staff that this has been put in place for the person to whom it has been applied. Sometimes, however, this communcation can be missed, but it is important to be aware of as in cases of where death occurs, the person who has died must then be referred to the Coroner and this can be distressing for those involved if they are not aware of this Safeguard.

If you would like more information on this matter, or to discuss this further, we are always available to talk things through.

Selecting Flowers

We can help you with your choice of floral tribute or if you feel a personal visit or consultation would be preferable and of more assistance:

Rosie is a lovely lady, local to Bath: 07788512430
Debs Design; Debbie has worked closely with us since our opening in Saltford. 01225 873288 or visit
Minty and Son in Frome. You can call them on 01373 462123
Crescent Flowers, located less than a mile fro our Bath Branch: 01225 312999 

Memorial Masonry

Young Johnson is a specialist monumental masonry firm based in Westbury, Wiltshire. Young Johnson is a family business dedicated to supplying the highest quality of personal attention and service. Each of our memorials is individually crafted to the highest standards using only the best quality materials.
Telephone: 01373 859629

“The pages on this website should help you consider some of these preliminary arrangements but we will talk these over with you when we meet.

We will also take some of the pressure off you by making the arrangements on your behalf.

We have direct links with the local Churches, Ministers, Crematoriums and Cemeteries.”

Carol Spalding and Sophie May, Directors


Windsor Place
Upper Bristol Road
01225 426822
Martha's House
BA11 3HA
01373 463888
Saltford Branch
489b Bath Road
Saltford, Bristol
BS31 3BA
01225 873535

National Association of Funeral Directors

We are a registered member of the National Association of Funeral Directors, and the Federation of Small Businesses.

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