Bereavement Matters

Bereavement Matters

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Death is the one certain thing in all of our lives. It is an understandably difficult subject to broach. Is there ever a good time to talk about your own or a loved ones death ?

It is a subject we tend to only tackle when it happens.

It can help to talk and discuss in a relaxed informal setting. Our team can dispel myths and help you plan. Putting a plan in place can give you peace of mind that your wishes will be carried out and the the loved ones you leave have all the instructions in place so they can simply put your plans in place.

If you have specific wishes you can fill in the online form on Houghtons web site, so when the time comes Houghtons can carry out your wishes, be sure to let your loved ones know you have done this so they know to come to Houghtons.

You can plan further and have a pre payment plan in force, so the costs of your funeral are covered, contact Houghtons for more details of the plans available.

Our services

What we do.

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Bereavement Matters  is a service that we, Houghtons provide for free , we go into the community and hold small informal talks / meetings and hold a question and answer session, prompted by us but discussed by you.

We cover every aspect of death and funerals, including your personal wishes and planning.

Our team are experienced and passionate about their profession they will answer any questions you may have.

We can come to your Church meeting room, Village Hall , library or any groups that feel we could help with this sensitive but important subject.

Just give us a call on 01925 729998

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News and Information

When someone dies, information to help

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Practical Information.



Losing a loved one can be traumatic and life changing.

Making the first call can be very difficult especially finding the courage to share with someone the tragic series of events. Please remember that with Houghtons you have friends who will listen, not judge, empathise and help in any way we can. From the first call you will be put at ease by someone who cares and is experienced in helping families who have suddenly found themselves in similar situations. At all times we respect that our conversations can be sensitive, sometimes emotional and always private.

Practical Information.

In the first few days you must do the below three things.

Get a medical certificate, you get this from the GP or hospital.

Register the death, if the death has been reported to the Coroner, you can't register the death until the Coroner gives permission . Here is a link to the UK Government website to guide you through this and the documents you will need. We can help you with this. Arrange the funeral.

There are certain circumstances whereby the Doctor may report the death to the Coroner.

  • The medical certificate is not available
  • The cause of death is unknown
  • The death was unnatural or violent
  • The person had not been seen by the Doctor who signed the medical certificate within fourteen days before death
  • The person had not visited the Doctor during this final illness
  • The death occurred during an operation or before the person came out of anaesthetic
  • If the medical certificate suggests the death may have been due to an industrial disease or poisoning.

The Coroner might decide the cause of death is clear, if so :

  • The doctor signs a medical certificate
  • You take the medical certificate to the registrar
  • The Coroner issues a certificate to the registrar stating a post-mortem isn't required

If a post-mortem is deemed necessary by the Coroner, to find out the cause of death, it will be carried out at the hospital or mortuary. Once completed the Coroner can release the body. The Coroner may decide an inquest is needed if the cause of death is still unknown.

You can't register the death until after the inquest. The Coroner sends all the relevant paperwork to the registrar

Arrange the funeral.

Contact your chosen Funeral Director, Houghtons can guide you through everything.

The fees include Funeral directors fees, disbursements, local authority burial or cremation fees.

The funeral can be paid for by a financial shame or plan taken out by the deceased, money from the persons estate or you or other family members.

If you need any advice regarding pre-paid funeral plans Houghtons can guide you.