About Sherwood and Hope
At Sherwood and Hope funeral directors we understand that, when you lose a loved one, it can be one of the most difficult times of your life. You are grieving and have a lot to do; it becomes way too much. Sherwood and Hope funeral directors are dedicated professionals. We are here to help and advise in whatever way we can and understand that this is a very difficult time for families. That is why we endeavour to take as much stress away from you as possible and make sure the funeral arrangements you want, are carried out professionally.
The day of the funeral is a special day where family members and friends can show their love and respect. No funeral is the same, just as every family is different. That is why we are here – to adhere and organise on your behalf, giving your loved one the best send off.
Our service to you starts the moment you make contact with us. We are here to talk you through the process of arranging a funeral and will tell you exactly what you have to do in regard to registering and what documents you need to bring to the arrangement. We will take details of your loved one and yourself and arrange a time and day suitable for you to make the funeral arrangements.
Funeral arrangements can be made at our funeral home or in the comfort of your own home.
We are now working in partnership with Funeral Safe. We wanted to be able to offer more assistance to families who may well struggle to give their loved one the farewell they deserve. Funeral Safe offer competitive rates, and are real people who understand your situation and work with you, rather then taking advantage.
Growing in popularity are alternative hearses. More families are opting for a personalised funeral, giving a unique tribute to their loved one. We offer a range of alternative hearses. If you have any special requests, do not hesitate to ask us.
24 hour service
Home visits available
Bringing your loved one into our care
Wide range of hearses available
Free function hall and catering available
What you need to know in time of bereavement
if death occurs at home
When death takes place at home there is usually a kind friend, neighbour or relative to attend.
inform the doctor
As soon as possible inform the doctor that death has occurred. He/she may write out the Medical Certificate of Death when he/she visits the house or may request you attend the surgery for this purpose. They will advise when to call your chosen funeral director.
when death occurs in hospital
When death occurs in hospital the procedure is very similar. Apply to the hospital for the Medical Certificate of Death and not your family doctor. Where possible inform the hospital if you intend a burial or cremation so that the correct paperwork can be produced to save any delay.
The cases where the death has been reported to the Coroner the procedure is somewhat different. The Coroner and his officers are working in your interest. No doctor will issue a Medical Certificate of Death. This will be sent by the Coroner to the Registrar’s Office in the district where the death occurred. The Coroner’s staff should NOT indicate or recommend a funeral director to use after the Coroner has released the body.
How to register a death
Who can register
- a close relative of the deceased
- a relative in attendance during last illness
- a relative living in the district where death occurred
- a person present at death
- the person causing the disposal
- Medical Certificate of Death
- Medical Card if available or
- Birth Certificate and information regarding date of birth
Information required to register
- Date and place of death
- full name of deceased(maiden name if applicable)
- date and place of birth
- occupation and home address
- if married, full name and occupation of surviving spouse
- Disposal Certificate for the funeral director(better known as the Green Slip)
- Social Security certificate to be handed in at the DWP Offices with any books
- Copies of Entry of Death for bank, insurance, solicitors
Disbursements are essentially the fees that we have to pay out on behalf of the family, ie: Doctor’s Fees where appropriate, Crematorium / Cemetery Fees and Parochial Fees etc. Our estimate will detail the approximate cost of any disbursements. However, you will appreciate that we will have no direct control over there charges, and they could therefore be subject to slight variations. These costs are covered by us and incorporated in the detailed estimate that you will receive.
Doctors’ Fees or Crematorium Forms
No one can be cremated until the cause of death is definitely known. These are three cremation certificates(forms 4,5 & 10). Each must be signed by a different doctor. These certificates must be paid for and listed under disbursements on our estimate and account. The cremation certificates 4 & 5 are not required when the death has been referred to the coroner.
Help with funeral costs
The following information should be treated as general guidance. We are not able to guarantee the availability of a loan, but we do understand how the Department of Work & Pensions makes a decision.
Who is entitled to help?
You may receive help if here is not enough money to pay for the funeral and you are responsible for making the funeral arrangements, if you or your partner are recieveing any of the following benefits:
- Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Housing Benefit
- Working Tax Credit
- Council Tax Benefits
Check what amount of money is available from:
- The estate of the person who has died, such as money from the bank or building society accounts.
- Any insurance policies or charities, lump sum payments made by a pension scheme or relatives, (either yours or those of the person who has died)
- Any savings you have in a bank or building society, National Savings (including certificates and premium bonds) or in cash at home.
- The savings may be in your name or the name of your partner.
- The Widows Payment does not count as savings.
- The social fund may make a contribution towards the cost of a simple funeral within the United Kingdom. This includes:
- Bringing the body home if the person died away from home but within the United Kingdom
- The Death Certificate
- a standard coffin
- The Hearse for the coffin and bearers
- Flowers for the person who is arranging the funeral
- Contribution towards fees of funeral director
- Chaplain and organist fee for the simple funeral
- Cemetery fee or Crematorium fee
- Doctor’s fee
Costs and Charges
In all aspects of the funeral arrangements our staff will point out any necessary procedures and legal requirements
Whilst arranging the funeral, we will advise on costs and charges to be incurred, culminating in a full written estimate that should be agreed and signed so that you feel confident with the funeral commitment you have arranged. All estimates and final quotes are transparent with no hidden costs.
The funeral account itself is divided into two separate parts, the Funeral Directors Charges and the Disbursements. These contain our professional fees and overhead costs, which include the provision of a 24 hour a day on call rota, our professional services in making the funeral arrangements and arranging documentation and any necessary personal attendances, the conveyance of the deceased to our private chapel of rest and the use of chapel until the day of the funeral.
Relatives and friends often wish to visit the deceased and pay their last respects before the day of the funeral. This is always done only on the specific request of the family. We understand the importance and trust you place in us, with regards to the care of your family member while they are with us. We would like to assure you that we will care for your family member in a caring, respectful and professional manner whether you wish to visit them in chapel or not.
Hygienic treatment and attendances to the deceased are also considered to be very important by our company. The last time you saw a loved one may have been a distressing memory, perhaps in hospital or for the purpose of identification. We endeavour to help your family member look as peaceful and comfortable as we can. We understand this is a difficult time for yourselves and we aim to make chapel visits a pleasant experience for fond farewell memories.
- Basic Funeral Costs
At Sherwood and Hope our basic funeral cost starts at £2,600.00. This includes our fees, care of the deceased, standard lined coffin, a hearse and the cost of using Medway Crematorium at their current rate.
- Costs not included in this package are:
- Minister's fees
- Doctor's fees
- Price List
- Our professional fee from:£1200.00
- Standard coffin from:£325.00
- Natural bamboo/willow coffins from:£650.00
- Standard hearse from:£450.00
- Horse drawn from:£980.00
- Limousines from:£250.00
- Urns from:£52.00
- Medway Crematorium from:£700.00
- Bobbing Crematorium from:£740.00
- Doctor's fees from:£164.00
- Celebrant/ministers from:£204.00
- Organist fee from:£60.00
- Removal out of hours in the Medway area, 20 mile radius:£150.00
- Removals out of the Medway area:£TBA
- Mileage out of the Medway area per mile:£1.25
- Embalming "Hygienic Treatment":£100.00
- Gowns from:£35.00
- Cremation Direct
- This includes our fees, care of deceased, basic coffin and an ambulance to Bobbing Crematorium at a time and date chosen by them with no service:£1700.00
How to obtain probate
What is probate?
When someone dies somebody has to deal with their estate(the money, property and possessions left) by collecting in all the money, paying any debts and distributing the estate to those entitled. The probate Registry issues the document which is called A GRANT OF REPRESENTATION.
There are three types of grant
- Probate issues to one or more of the executors named in the will
- Letters of Administration (with will) issued when there is a will, but no executor named or unable to deal with the estate
- Letters of Administration issued when the deceased has not made a will or it is not valid.
Why is a Grant necessary?
Organisations holding money in the deceased’s name need to know to whom the money is to be paid. The distribution of the estate is the responsibility of the person named on the deed.
Is a Grant always needed?
A grant is sometimes not needed if the deceased’s money will be released without the holder seeing a grant, when the amount held is small and there are no complications.
Consult a solicitor
In most circumstances it is advisable for you to consult a solicitor both to relieve you of any worries and to take control of wills, problems of intestacy, outstanding debts, grants and letters of administration. A solicitor could save you a great deal of unnecessary trouble and eventually save you money. If known that a will was made, it is important that the contents be ascertained as soon as possible after death as it may contain instructions regarding the funeral arrangements. A will may be among personal papers, with the bank or solicitor for safe keeping. If a solicitor has been consulted by the deceased prior to passing, it is important that you contact them without delay. We recommend V.E White & CO. Solicitors for all your needs.
Donation to charity
If donations to charity are requested in lieu of flowers we supply a charity box and forward them in due course to the charity of your choice, requesting a response directly to you the family.
You can take comfort in knowing that your loved one will be well looked after while making the funeral arrangements. Where to scatter or bury ashes is something that takes thought and discussion and at the time of arranging the funeral this can be too raw or hard to deal with. It is possible that after the funeral you request the funeral director to collect the ashes and look after them giving you the time to make that all important decision once the initial grief and sadness has eased. At Sherwood & Hope Funeral Directors there is no charge for the collection and storage of your loved one’s cremated remains.
At the time of making arrangements for a funeral, it is not always easy or necessary to determine what future memorial requirements might be. In the case of existing memorials, it will be necessary to remove the headstone and any surrounding kerb stones from the grave prior to the funeral. After the funeral has taken place it can take some months, depending on the condition of the ground, before the grave will be ready. This period of ground settlement gives the family the time they need to decide what they require.
All funerals require an officiant to give your loved ones the perfect send off. Sherwood & Hope Independent Funeral Directors believe in celebrating a life rather than mourning a death. We are able to assist with all types of services from religious to non-religious.