The Funeral Process2018-01-02T12:05:48+00:00

Letters of Thanks

At a time that is confusing and obviously heart breaking to have someone like Andy appear at your door and guide you through the funeral process was a blessing. We didn’t feel pushed at all but gently guided and allowed to talk freely and choose exactly how we wanted our service for my father to be. It all felt quite natural which is exactly what you need at times like that.

C. Murphy

From the moment my dad died to the end of his funeral you have been there. A constant source of support and advice. We could not have given him such a lovely ‘send off’ without you.

Mary & David, East Sussex

Thank you for your care and support at the time of Peters passing. Your professionalism and seamless service were really appreciated.

The Barnes Family, East Sussex

Dear John, Annie and all at Hailsham Funeral Service. Thank you so very much for all you done and making things go so easy for us. Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are endless. Reggie would have been proud of it.

Joyce & Family, East Sussex

Thank you to everyone at Hailsham Funeral Service especially Andrew for your care and compassion to our mum and continuing care and compassion to ourselves at this very sad time in our lives. Please also extend our grateful thanks to the Rev for his lovely service capturing mums character perfectly.

Cheryl, Steve, Martin & Rita, East Sussex

Initial Contact

Our services start when you contact us, whether by telephone or calling personally. We will ask for preliminary details, such as name and address, where death has occurred, your details and whether burial or cremation is required. A day and time can then be set to suit everyone to discuss the detail of your service requirements. Funeral directors can handle every part of a funeral on your behalf apart from registering a death.

In all aspects of discussing your requirements we will point out the procedures and legal requirements and provide costings and an estimate

Registering a Death

If death occurs at home your first call should be to the doctor. The doctor will need to see and examine the body to confirm death. He can then issue a Medical Certificate of death. If death occurs in hospital the same procedure will apply but the Medical Certificate will be arranged by the hospital bereavement office.

In cases where death is sudden or unexpected the Coroner will be involved and he will order a post mortem examination to ascertain the cause of death.

Who Can Register a Death?

This can be done by:
a) the nearest surviving relative;
b) a relative in attendance during the last illness;
c) a relative living in the district where death occurred;
d) any person present at death;
e) the person causing the disposal;

Documents Required

  • The Medical Certificate of Death,
  • Medical Card if available, and/or Birth Certificate.

Appointments will be necessary at the Registry Office in the county or local authority area where the death occurred.

Check on Pre-Arrangements

Before you arrange the funeral, check if the person who has died has made any pre-arrangements for their own funeral.

Peace of Mind

Most people have never arranged a funeral service, and you can be assured that we are aware of your circumstances and the trust you have given us.

The funeral service can be private or public, complex or simple. We are here to guide you through and it is our aim that when you look back afterwards you will feel that you have done everything you can to reflect the life of the person, and have provided a fitting tribute to them. This will then enable you personally to move on.

Further Points of Discussion

Many details require discussion and set out below is a list to help you;

  • Registration,
  • Burial or cremation,
  • Place of service, minister,
  • Music and/or hymns & readings,
  • Family involvement,
  • Limousines, choice of coffin,
  • Obituary notice,
  • Printed order of service,
  • Viewing of deceased.

Donations & Collections

We will also act as the collecting point for donations if a charity has been chosen instead of flowers. After a period of time (4-6 weeks) a list is compiled and sent to the next of kin and the donations to the chosen charity