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Arranging a Funeral & Selecting the Right One

It is critical that the right type of funeral and service is decided on as this is a very personal decision and should be one that best suits the individual and the family.

We at Butterfields are noted for our attention to detail and are more than happy to discuss even the smallest of details and personal touches with you so that the funeral in all its parts is a true reflection of the individual, giving satisfaction to all who are involved.

It may be that you feel that you would like the cortege to take a particular route, pausing at a particular place that is appropriate and has meaning to the deceased or family. Perhaps personalising the coffin with photographs or pictures, or mourners or funeral staff wearing special colour highlights. Most things are possible and we are more than happy to discuss these things with you, because that is what we do, that is our job and we'd be happy to make it happen.

Burial or Cremation

This is sometimes one of the most difficult decisions for the family to make, particularly if the person who has passed has been reluctant to make their feelings known. This is another good reason to think about a funeral plan, not only does it help financially, but it also makes clear what the person preferred, burial or cremation.

Having decided this there are other considerations, how should the person be dressed, the type of coffin, items that you may want to place in the coffin, should the curtains at the Crematorium be open or closed, and many more. We are happy to advise on all the decisions that need to be made.

If burial is required

Burial usually takes place in a local Cemetery or Churchyard, where either a new grave is prepared  (usually for 2 interments but can be for 3) or an existing family grave is reopened. 

If an new grave is required, the decision is needed, how many interments will be taking place in it. In a local authority Cemetery grave deeds are issued following the funeral, but not normally in a Churchyard , as different rules apply. It therefore follows that in the case of an existing grave in a local authority Cemetery we would require the deed before the grave could be reopened.

If cremation is decided

First of all the decision is needed as to which Crematorium you wish to use, the choice is yours, but we are happy to discuss the differences with you help you make that decision.

The next step is to decide wether a service would be preferred at a location other than the Crematorium, in which case the Crematorium would only be required for a short committal service, or a longer service time would be needed for all the service to take place at the Crematorium. We would discuss with you all the details and options possible at the Crematorium (e.g. curtains open or closed , and music etc.)

We are here to help you

Butterfields strive to provide a sympathetic understanding to every situation. We use our expertise and guidance to make the passing of loved family member as painless as possible.

Please use the contact form below to inform us of your requirements and we will contact you at your preferred time, whether that be by phone, email or in person.

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Coffins & Caskets

The Tipton - our standard range coffin for cremation The Whitby  - our middle range coffin for burial or cremation The Raby  - our top range coffin for burial or cremation Medium oak coffin  - named Two tone open coffin  - named

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