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 announcement 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?
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 doctorsí papers are completed and availability at the selected crematorium has been confirmed, a service can take place within approximately seven working days, although most funerals will more commonly take place within two weeks. Registration of the death can only be done by appointment with the Registrar in the area the person died. If you are unable to attend due to your location, registration can be done by declaration. Should an inquest be opened you will not be able to register, however you will be issued with an interim certificate and the funeral may still take place.
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.
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 as early as four days after provided all paperwork has been completed.
Burials require slightly more time due to the nature of selecting the grave plot and the grave digging which can require a minimum of 7 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 - bathnaturalburials.co.uk
Bristol Memorial Woodlands - memorialwoodlands.com
Fevin Nature Reserve Burial Ground, Somerton - woodlandburials.org
Our individual, caring and personal approach to funeral arrangements will ensure that the wishes of your loved ones are as fulfilled as we can possibly make them. This may include newspaper announcements, bequests to charities, choice of hymns and music or service sheets, alternative coffins such as rainbow wicker or glitter, fireworks ashes and more.
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, known as disbursements (such as the crematorium or cemetery fees) that need to be met regardless of the funeral style.
Prices applicable as of 1st April 2020
• Crematorium Fees:
Haycombe, Bath £953.00
(9am and 9.30am only) £792.00
(8.30am no attendance) £510.00
Mendip, Shepton Mallet £909.00
(9am only) £750.00
(8.15am and 8.20am no attendance) £499.00
Semington, Trowbridge and Westerleigh £985.00
(9am and 9.30am only) £730.00
• Doctors’ Fees (for cremation only): £164.00
• Ministers Fees: £199.00 (£10.00 for travel expenses may be added)
• Clarkson’s non-religious Service Taker: £110.00
• Purchase of Burial Plot (Haycombe, for residents of Bath): from £958.00
• Churchyard or Cemetery elsewhere - prices on application
• Grave Digging (any depth): Haycombe, Bath: £674.00
• Church Cemetery: Prices on application
• Newspaper Notice’s - prices on request (the average notice for the Bath Chronicle is £65.00)
• Service Sheets:
• Limousine (licensed to carry 7 people): £165.00
• People Carrier (licensed to carry 6 people): £100.00
Please note that we do not charge for our services up to the age of 18 years.
The Cost of a Funeral
Our Traditional Arrangements: £2295.00
Including: arranging and conducting the funeral; provision of a Mercedes or Daimler Charcoal grey hearse; 4 pall bearers and Funeral Director both conducting on the day of the funeral service and throughout all arrangements; preparation and care of the deceased; organisation of a charitable fund for donations; bringing the deceased into our care*; chapel visits in our on premises Chapel of Rest; the families choice of date and time the funeral takes place; ashes to be returned to client or requested location as well as cared for without charge; 24/7 contact with a staff member from Clarkson’s.
*please note that this includes and all in hours removals, however for those ‘out of hours’ there will be a separate charge of £110.00 and all removals are limited to within 20 miles of the premises - mileage may be added for other locations.
Our Limited Arrangements: £1995.00
Including: arranging and conducting the funeral; hearse; 4 pall bearers; flat lid lined coffin; preparation and care of the deceased; chapel visits within opening hours; bringing the deceased into our care ‘in hours’, (the date and the time of the funeral is limited to the early morning 9.30am only at the nearest crematorium to the branch used. Cost of doctors’ fees and crematorium not included).
*Please note, the option of a limousine or a different choice of coffin is not available with this package nor are certain additional options.
Direct Cremation: £1850.00
This service includes a flat lid lined coffin, caring for the deceased, bringing the deceased into our care ‘in hours’, assisting with all arrangements in our offices’, an early morning cremation at the local crematorium, the date and time of which will be chosen by us and clients will be informed of when the funeral will take place, doctors’ fees and our services. This service does not allow attendance at the crematorium, or any additional options. Ashes will be cared for until collected.
THE YORK - oak veneered coffin £200.00
THE LINCOLN - mahogany veneered coffin £200.00
THE PRESCOT - oak veneered coffin with square panels and double raised lid from £280.00
THE CLAUGHTON - solid oak coffin with routered panel sides and double raised lid from £700.00
LAST SUPPER - solid oak with side panels, crown of thorns end and choice of 4 stains from £795.00
SOMERSET WILLOW - wicker coffin from £650.00
BANANA LEAF, WOOLLY & SEAGRASS from £470.00
COLOURFUL COFFINS from £500.00
CARDBOARD COFFIN; patterned or block colour from £240.00
Coffin prices are listed for the ‘standard’ sizes made by the suppliers, however any special made coffins will be discussed with you and may incur an additional charge.
We are not restricted to the above listed coffins, and other options such as MDF, unfinished coffins, handmade and caskets are all available - price at request.
Please see our separate page for Pre-Paid Plans and to see just a small selection of the range of coffins that are available for you to choose.
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 run funeral directors, over the years, it has been my 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 services, up to the age of 18 years. Should you choose to have personal requests such as floral tributes, order of service and alternative coffins, we can show you our range of options and the cost is only what we would be charged.
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 roseandthebee.com
Crescent Flowers has a great location along the road at Julian Road: 01225 312999 crescentflowers.co.uk
Minty and Son in Frome. You can call them on 01373 462123
Should you prefer family flowers only, more and more people are opting for charitable donations in memory of their loved ones in lieu of flowers.
We will set up a charitable account for any donations received, hold this for several weeks and then inform you of the raised amount. We will write to both you and ask the charity to confirm the amount received.
“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
We do not track visitors, and we do not store or collect personal details.