Arranging a Funeral
R H Bond Funeral Directors conduct funerals, including arranging burial or cremation, giving a simple, direct and personal level of support for the bereaved.
Whatever style of funeral you require for your relative or friend, there are a number of things to consider; some of which are required by law and others which are a matter of personal preference. R H Bond Funeral Directors will guide you through the process, and manage every aspect of the funeral for you, from the traditional funeral to the more complex.
Registering a Death
It is law that all deaths must be registered at the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. It is necessary for the death to be registered before a funeral or cremation can take place. The death should normally be registered within 5 working days. However, if the death has been reported to the Coroner, the Coroner's Officer will contact you as the procedure for registering the death may be different.
To register a death that has occurred in Norfolk, an appointment must be made at a Norfolk Registration Office. Norfolk County Council's webpage Registering a Death , provides useful guidance, plus contact numbers and addresses for the Registrar Offices. Alternatively please call the Customer Service centre on 0344 800 8020.
There are Registrar offices in Kings Lynn, Downham Market, Fakenham, Diss, Dereham, North Walsham, Thetford, Norwich and Great Yarmouth, plus two part time offices in Swaffham and Watton.
You will need to take the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death which is issued by the doctor (you should not make an appointment unless you have this), plus the deceased's birth certificate, NHS Medical Card, and Marriage Certificate, if these are available.
The registration officer will need the following information:
- The date and place of death
- The full name of the person who has died, and any previous or maiden names where appropriate
- The date and place of birth of the person who has died
- The occupation and usual address of the person who has died
- If the person who has died was married or in a civil partnership, the full names, date of birth and occupation of their spouse or civil partner
- Your name and address
- If the person who has died was still married or in a civil partnership, the date of birth of their widow, widower or surviving civil partner
- If the deceased was receiving any pension or allowance from public funds, other than a state pension from public funds, please tell the registration officer.
Once all this information is provided and checked, the Registrar will issue you with the certificates you need. RH Bond Funeral Directors will require the Green Certificate for Burial or Cremation and this should be provided as quickly as possible so the funeral arrangements can proceed. There will be a White Registration of Death Certificate for Social Security Purposes, for you to return to the local social security office. Alternatively the Registrars Office now offers a 'Tell us Once' notification service, and will do this on your behalf.
Finally, there will be a Death Certificate, copies of which you will need to purchase for official notifications to banks, insurance companies, solicitors etc, for the closures and cancellations relating to your relative’s estate.
Arrangements can be made for a local service, burial or cremation here in Norfolk but should Repatriation to a family home overseas be desired, R H Bond Funeral Directors can make all the necessary arrangements.
R H Bond Funeral Directors take personal responsibility for the collection of the deceased. Your relative can be dressed in a favourite outfit if you wish. Hair, and makeup if required, can also be attended to.
Most people choose a traditional coffin, but many other options are available. You will be able to make an informed choice in line with your preference and budget.
Funeral vehicles are available directly from R H Bond Funeral Directors.
Orders of Service
Design and printing of the Orders of Service are arranged in conjunction with local companies.
Local florists provide floral tributes for transport in the hearse or for delivery to the crematoria, churchyard or burial location.
Charity Donations & Collections
Where donations to specific charities are preferred to flowers, R H Bond Funeral Directors will ensure contributions are collected immediately after the funeral service, amalgamated with any donations sent directly to them and subsequently disbursed as intended.
RH Bond Funeral Directors will ensure that your loved ones funeral is conducted in the most professional manner; they consider it their vocation to support you in such a difficult time.