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Questions & Answers

What are Doctors Forms?

When a funeral is a cremation, two doctors MUST attend and certify death. The FIRST doctor must be the doctor who attended the deceased during his/hers last illness. The duty of the SECOND doctor is essentially one of confirmation. This doctor must not be related to the first doctor either through family or practice. For this service, each doctor makes a separate charge, which we Peter Dodd Funeral Directors pay on behalf of the deceased’s family.

How Many People Can Be Seated in The Limousine?

In each limousine there is room for seven people, six in the rear compartment and room for one in the front with the chauffeur.

How Do We Know What To Do At The Funeral?

On the day of the funeral the Funeral Director is there to help and guide you, your family and friends. If you are unsure of anything please tell the Funeral Director.

Can The Family Carry The Coffin?

Yes, although we would ask that you contact us as soon as possible to ensure that it is safe to do so.

Can We Visit The Deceased And Pay Our Last Respects?

Yes, our Private Chapel Of Rest is open and available to you anytime Between 9am - 4.30pm Mon - Fri. Weekend viewing strictly by appointment only (for immediate family only). If you wish to visit our private chapel, please ring and inform us when you would like to come and we will be pleased to arrange for a member of staff to meet you.

Can We Have The Deceaced Brought Home?

Yes, we can bring the deceased home so the deceased can leave from home on the day of the funeral. lf you would like your loved one home please discuss it with the Funeral Director.

Can We Choose What Music Is Played At The Crematorium?

Yes, if you have a special request or would like a particular piece of music playing either as you walk into or out of the Crematorium Chapel, please let the Funeral Director know as soon as possible. Please note that only original recordings are allowed because of copyright laws.

Does The Coffin Move After The Funeral Service At The Crematorium?

No. After the service has ended, the coffin does not move until all relatives and friends have left the Crematorium Chapel. At some Crematoria there are curtains that close at the head of the coffin.

Are The Handles On The Coffin Removed Before The Cremation Takes Place?

No. There are strict laws regarding cremation. Nothing maybe removed from the coffin before cremation without the written permission of the Home Office in London.

Is Each Cremation Carried Out Individually?

Yes. The Crematorium Attendant checks the identity of the coffin nameplate before it is placed in. the Cremation Chamber. This only holds one coffin or casket at a time and again there are rules that must be abided by.

Do I Get The Cremation Remains Back That Belong To Me?

Yes. Once the cremation has taken place, the cremated remains are removed and left to cool before being placed into a biodegradable container, if you would like an individual casket or name plate, please speak to the Funeral Director. Please collect the remains within 14 days of the cremation.

What Can I Do With The Cremated Remains?
  1. You can place them in the Garden of Remembrance but you may not know where they are and you cannot place a head stone with them.
  2. You may wish to purchase a grave just for the purpose of interring the cremated remains.This allows you to have a headstone and have other members of the family buried there in the future.
  3. You may keep them at home in a special urn or casket
  4. You may scatter them in a special place.
  5. The remains may be buried in an existing family grave. If you would like to discuss any of the above alternatives, please contact us and we will be pleased to help you.
How Will I Know Who Attended The Funeral?

A list of mourners who attended the funeral can be made, and written in a memorial book.

What About Catering After The Funeral?

If you require catering after the funeral you can make your own arrangements or contact the Funeral Director to make a booking at a hotel or restaurant. Alternatively we can provide catering at your home or venue.

When Is The Funeral Account Payable?

The Funeral Account is sent to the person responsible for the arrangements, about a week after the Funeral. Cash, cheque or Visa Debit Card can pay for the account; payment is usually expected within 30 days.

How Soon After A Burial Can I Put A Headstone At The Grave?

The best thing to do is to contact the memorial mason direct and he will advise you; his number is inside this brochure.

For further advice please contact the Funeral Director. who will be pleased to give you advice.