There are many things to consider when arranging a funeral. When you start to think about the funeral choices available and which one is right for your loved one, Clarkson’s will help guide you and provide the kind of service that will help you say goodbye in the most personal and appropriate way.
We offer a wide range of funeral services:
Eco-friendly & natural burial funerals
Disbursements, third party, & other costs
Under 18's, loss of an infant, baby, or child
Further details on the above options can be found on the linked pages.
All of our services can be bespoke, unique to the character of the deceased, just let us know whatever you are thinking. Our individual, caring and personal approach to funeral arrangements will ensure that the wishes of you and your loved ones are as fulfilled as we can possibly make them.
And with pre-paid funeral plans also available, you can even plan ahead to ensure you get the funeral you would want for yourself when the time comes. If you would like more information on the funeral options or talk discuss any of the above, please get in touch with us at our Bath, Saltford or Frome office.
There is much to take in at this difficult time but we hope that information below will help as a starting guide for you in the things you may need to consider when planning the funeral and a guide on the process of what happens after someone has died.
Firstly, a doctor will need to issue a death certificate. If the death has taken place in hospital, this should happen automatically, but if the death has taken place at home, your family doctor will usually be the person to issue the certificate.
If the death is unexpected or it has been reported by your doctor to the coroner, there may need to be a post mortem to establish the cause of death.
The death needs to be registered within five days. 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.
To register the death you will need:
• The death certificate
• The name, surname and maiden name (if applicable) of the deceased
• Date and place of death
• Date of birth and occupation of the deceased
• Address of the deceased
• The deceased’s medical card, birth certificate and death certificate, if available
Please note that you can contact us at any point after the death and do not need to wait until registration has taken place.
Currently, once the doctors’ papers have been 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, however most will find that within two or three weeks from the time of death is most commonly when a date is booked for the funeral service. This however does not mean that is what time frame you should work to, this is a guide only and many people find they need longer or shorter time frames that we will always try our best to accomodate.
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.
We believe in keeping you involved throughout and will always endeavor to contact you when your loved one has been safely brought back to us.
We know that no-one can understand exactly what your loss feelslike to you, but we do understand that it’s sometimes easier to talk to someone outside of your friends and family about grief and the impact of bereavement on your life, and this is why we offer the GriefChat service.
GriefChat is a completely free service and is available Monday - Friday, 9am - 9pm (except Bank Holidays).
Click here to see our bereavement support page.
“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
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