FAQs

All deaths have to be registered, and the people closest to the deceased person have a legal obligation to do this. Deaths in England and Wales or Northern Ireland should be registered within 5 days. If this is not going to be possible, you should inform the Registrar. In Scotland, deaths must be registered within 8 days.
In England and Wales, the death has to be registered at the registrar's office in the area where the death occurred. This is the case even if the death occurred a distance from home. However, there is a facility available to attend your local registrar's office to register a death that occurred in another area. This is called Registration by Declaration, and involves the two registrars transferring documents by fax and post in order to register the death. Depending on the circumstances, this can delay the date of the funeral, ask your chosen funeral firm for advice.

In Scotland, you can register the death at any registration district, as long as it is in Scotland.
No, there is no requirement to hold a religious funeral service and there are a number of alternatives. Perhaps a relative or friend could take the service if they feel able to do so. Other members of the congregation could speak or read verses or poems. The British Humanist Association, Institute of Civil Funerals and Fellowship of Professional Celebrants have networks of officiants who will provide a very personal non-religious ceremony. Ask your funeral firm for more information or, to organise a humanist ceremony, visit humanist.org.uk or iocf.org.uk. It is important to remember that a humanist ceremony is not the same as a non-religious ceremony.
Cornwall Funeral Services are members of the National Association of Funeral Directors and are required to abide by a strict code of practice. The code requires that you be given a full written estimate of all funeral costs.
On the day of the Funeral the Funeral Director is there to help and guide you, your family and your friends. If you are unsure of anything please ask the Funeral Director.
Yes, we will be pleased to arrange for notice(s) to be placed in either your local paper or the national papers.
Yes, but we ask that you discuss this with the Funeral Director as it is essential this is carried out safely.
Yes, our Funeral Home is open and available to you at any time. 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 make an appointment for you.
Yes, we can bring the deceased home either on the evening before the Service or on the morning of the Service, so the deceased can leave from home.
No. There are strict laws regarding cremation. Nothing may be removed from the coffin before cremation.
Yes. The identity of the coffin name plate is checked by the Crematorium staff before it is placed in the Cremation Chamber. This only holds one coffin or casket at a time and again there are strict regulations that must be abided by.
Yes. Once the cremation has taken place, the cremated remains are removed and left to cool before being placed in an urn. This urn is clearly identified as to whose remains they are.
You can bury ashes in your local cemetery or in a natural burial ground. You can scatter them. You can divide them up among members of the family. You can get the crematorium to scatter them. There are so many options from Jewellery to Fireworks to Tattoos and more.
Yes, we have a great deal of experience in the repatriation of remains both to and from abroad.
If you require catering after the funeral, you can make your own arrangements or we can arrange catering for you.
If the grave is �earth� rather than �bricked�, then the grave will take six months or more before the ground is firm enough to place the weight of a headstone. If the grave is �bricked� inside, then it does not take as long. For further advice please contact your Funeral Director, who will be pleased to advise you.
When a funeral is a cremation, two doctors MUST attend to confirm the cause of death. The first doctor must be the doctor who attended the deceased during his/her 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.

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