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When you have experienced a loss it can be difficult to think of every detail.
We want to assure you that we will have everything in hand leaving you to focus on what is most important to you.
This is a brief run through of what we usually do with regard to the funeral itself. If there is anything else you need help with, then please just ask.
Once you have decided on the funeral arrangements, Beckfords will organise everything.
We will contact the minister or officiant and organist, if applicable.
We will also deal with the caretaker/verger, for availability of the venue/church, as well as the cemetery committee and gravedigger or the crematorium.
Usually the minister/officiant will arrange a visit to you to organise the order of service and discuss required hymns/music, readings/ prayers/poems and the eulogy/tribute. They will normally ask for background information about the deceased and for you to share fond and happy memories.
Beckfords will also order the flowers if required, put together the order of service sheet and arrange for it to be printed.
We will also liaise with you to decide how many seats should be reserved for the immediate family and discuss with you how you wish messages of condolences to be dealt with.
On the day
We will make sure that everyone understands the arrangements for the day.
We will travel with the hearse to the church/ venue, seat everyone and record the names of all attendees.
Following the service we will take the coffin to the cemetery or crematorium.
Beckfords will collect the Death Certificate from the Greffe for you.
We will also draft a funeral report for your approval and once approved send it to the Guernsey Evening Press.
Finally we will liaise with you with regard to your wishes in the case of any ashes, and also any chosen memorials.