Arranging a Funeral

Sometimes people leave clear instructions for family members regarding their funeral wishes. Here at Stannington Funeral Services we are pleased to talk to and guide you through the various procedures and services required for your chosen way.

The services here at Stannington cover everything you can think of. From transport and flower choice to printed orders of service and newspaper announcements.

Planning for the Future

It is becoming increasingly popular nowadays for individuals to plan their own funeral in advance and sometimes to pay for a future funeral at today’s prices. Pre arranged funerals give peace of mind in the knowledge that your family members or executors are free of a burden that they would face at the time of your death.

Here at Stannington Funeral Services we are pleased to inform those wishing to discuss these matters in confidence, either at our premises or in the comfort of your own home.

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We are located at 98 Oldfield Road, Stannington, Sheffield, S6 6DW. Our telephones are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to contact us for information or advice, please call 0114 285 3444.
You can register the death if you’re:

• a relative
• someone present at the death
• an administrator from the hospital
• the person making arrangements with the funeral directors

You can go to any register office, but if you use the one in the area where the person dies, you’ll be given the documents you need on the day. Sheffield is the nearest one to us, located in the Town Hall.
If you use a different register office the documents will be sent to the office in the area where the person died before they’re issued to you. This means you’ll usually wait a few days.

You should register a death within 5 days, you may need to make an appointment which will last approximately 30 minutes.

Take the medical certificate showing the cause of death (signed by a doctor) with you.

If available (but don’t worry if not), also take the person’s:

• birth certificate
• Council Tax bill
• driving licence
• marriage or civil partnership certificate
• NHS medical card
• passport
• proof of address (eg utility bill)

• the person’s full name at the time of death
• any names previously used, eg maiden name
• the person’s date and place of birth
• their last address
• their occupation
• the full name, date of birth and occupation of a surviving or late spouse or civil partner
• whether they were getting a State Pension or any other benefits

You should also take supporting documents that show your name and address (eg a utility bill) but you can still register a death without them.

When you register a death you’ll get:

• a Certificate for Burial or Cremation (the ‘green form’) – gives permission for burial or an application for cremation
• a Certificate of Registration of Death (form BD8) – you may need to fill this out and return it if the person was getting a State Pension or benefits (the form will come with a pre-paid envelope so you know where to send it)

You can buy extra death certificates.

No, there is no requirement to hold a religious funeral service and there are a number of alternatives. Members of the congregation could speak or read verses or poems. We have some local non religious or humanist speakers that would be able to undertake these types of funeral.

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