Garstang’s Independent Funeral Director¬†

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What We Do

Funeral Arrangements

Once you have entrusted us with the privilege of looking after your loved one, we would need time to meet to go through the formal arrangements, take instruction and discuss the choices you may want.
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You could visit us at our funeral home. Alternatively, we can come out to meet with you in the comfort and familiar surroundings of your own home.
We’re happy to meet at your convenience.

Memorial Masonry

We can guide you through choosing a lasting memorial stone to be placed on a grave or ashes plot.
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There are many rules regarding headstones in both churchyards and cemeteries. Permission is normally required to have such a memorial. We can deal with all the regulation and formalities on your behalf.

Liaison on Your Behalf

The choices you make will require organisation. As part of our services we will liaise with all the necessary 3rd parties to confirm arrangements. These can include organising crematoriums, cemeteries, churches and Celebrants.
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We deal with local doctors, hospitals or if required HM Coroner to sort any required official paperwork.

Sometimes there are costs associated with the arrangements. We settle these costs on your behalf providing you with one final account to make things a little easier.

Ashes

Once a cremation funeral has concluded, we are able to help you with your decision regarding the ashes.
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From attended scattering to informal interments in churchyards or cemeteries. Perhaps you have a more personal choice or just to keep them with you.

As part of our services we can organise the collection and safe return to you, or suitable final decision.

Type of Service

We can guide and assist you in your choice and style of service.

We have experience with arranging services held at the crematorium, at a church or place of worship or on occasions at a cemetery chapel.

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We can organise a religious type of service lead by a Vicar, Priest or other denominational minister of faith.

Instead, you may prefer a non religious service taken by a Celebrant or Humanist Officiant. They would work closely with you to deliver a ‘Celebration of Life’ service.

Additional Choices

All clients have different opinions and personal wishes. Our focus is you and the person we’re looking after.
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We can help you with newspaper notices, orders of service, floral tributes and post funeral catering.

You may have other considerations regarding coffin choice, speciality cars. Please look at our other pages for further information.

We are here to make this hard time a little easier.

Floral Tributes

Many families like to choose a floral tribute to be placed on the coffin.

Other friends and family may also wish to send a floral tribute.

Whichever way you want to express your feelings, we can arrange perfectly arranged floral tributes from our local high quality florist.

They will also arrange delivery to our funeral home making the process easier for you.

Here are just some examples of floral tributes that can be organised.

Funeral Stationery

Funeral stationery products are becoming more popular. Most funerals typically have a special order of service with hymns, music and poems printed.

There are other stationery products that we can arrange should you wish. These can be bookmarks, memorial cards, thank you cards, condolence books or even a large printed collage of pictures to display at the service or afterwards at the reception.

Order of Service

Working closely with you, the Officiant and our publishers, we can produce a high quality Order of Service

Book of Condolence

A Book of Condolence where poignant collections of memories that people can leave either at the service or afterwards

Memorial Items

A nice memorial keepsake for somebody. This could be a thankyou card, bookmark or memorial card

If an Order of Service or other memorial items are services you would like,

please let us know and we can assist you.

Newspaper

Obituary Notice

An obituary or death announcement is often placed in a newspaper to inform people that somebody has passed away. Details in the announcement may also include family names.

The announcement will usually have the funeral details, day, time and place of the service. It can also state if donations are to be collected and for which charity.

Acknowledgement Notice

Following the service, you may wish to express your thanks and appreciation. This can often be with a formal acknowledgement in a newspaper.

Often families like to pass on their thanks to friends, relatives and neighbours. Also to specific people who have helped and given special care.

We are experienced in writing and placing newspaper notices in our local papers.

The Garstang Courier, Lancaster Guardian and Lancashire Evening Post, also to the national papers such as The Times and The Telegraph.

If you need help or advice on how to place an announcement in a paper orperhaps just a few tips on writing a suitable notice, then please let us know and we can assist you.

Reception Catering

Following the funeral service, you may wish to extend an invitation for friends and family to join you for some refreshments and to share memories.

We can assist you with organising a suitable venue for you to hold a reception and guide you through choices of refreshments.

We have great local knowledge of many places around Garstang and the surrounding areas to suggest. Alternatively, you may wish us to organise somewhere closer to the place of committal.

We are happy to discuss your requirements and give advice whether you would like to arrange the reception yourself or we can take of this for you.

Funeral Cars

A Traditional Hearse is used to convey your loved one to the funeral. This can be as part of an official cortege. Usually, the cortege would meet and leave from the person’s home address, or another family member’s address.

To make the official cortege more unique, we can always pass and maybe pause somewhere of sentimental importance en-route to the service.

Accompanying limousines can be chosen to follow the hearse to the funeral. Our chauffeur driven limousines can seat 7 passengers and once the service has concluded, will return you back home or to a chosen reception venue.

Alternatively, you may wish to follow in your own car or instead meet directly at the place of service.

Something Different Perhaps?

Maybe a traditional, standard Hearse doesn’t reflect a person’s true personality or something more unique would be more appropriate.

Here are some examples of speciality Hearse vehicles that can be chosen to convey your loved one to the funeral.

From a Victorian Horse & Carriage with black or white Horses to an expertly converted VW Camper Van.

Something more fitting for a rural community with farming heritage, a special adapted Land Rover 110 or the 1955 Traditional Tractor with Trailer.

Motorcycle Enthusiasts

For those with a two wheeled passion, there are various options of a special adapted motorcycle hearse.

Memorial Masonry

Our Services

 

We offer a wide range of services to cater for your memorial masonry requirements.

Using an expert team of local stonemasons, we can help you create that lasting memorial to remember someone and give tribute to them.

New Headstones

We can help you through the process of choosing a new headstone. All the different types, styles including advice on inscription, layout and fixing.

Ashes Plaques

We can assist you with choosing a suitable ashes memorial if the ashes have been buried in a local churchyard or cemetery.

Renovations & Added Inscriptions

Should you need to add a further inscription on an existing memorial, headstone or ashes plaque, we can advise you.

Perhaps there is an existing memorial that needs attention and could benefit from a renovation. We can assess the memorial and advise on the next appropriate steps.

Permits, Rules & Regulations

Many churches and cemeteries have rules and regulations about what type of stone is allowed, including the wording of the inscription.

We have extensive knowledge of our local CofE churches, RC Churches and cemeteries to advise you on the various rules. We can also arrange all the necessary permits and applications needed.