At Herbert Murray we understand that when a loved one dies arranging the funeral can seem daunting. Most people have never experienced having to arrange a funeral before and simply do not know where to begin. With this and the feelings of emotional upset can be extremely overwhelming.
We are here to guide and support you throughout your journey. We are available to answer any questions you may have on 0161 962 3456 or alternatively you can read the following guides in your own time.
In all circumstances, we strongly recommend you contact Herbert Murray Funeral Directors as soon as possible. That way we can support and guide you through the process. We will take as much information as you are comfortable giving and will be at hand to make the funeral arrangements when you are ready. You can do this by coming into our office or we can and make the arrangements in the comfort of your own home.
It is important that you know we are here to support you and that you are not alone during this difficult time.
Religious or Non Religious
Cater for all denominations including religious and non religious services.
Guidance & Advice
Guide you through the funeral arrangements, give you appropriate advice and ensure all procedures and regulations are adhered to.
Honest with No Obligation
Open and honest pricing, provide estimate of cost with no obligation. Followed by detailed invoice.
3rd Party Liasing
Liaise with third parties to take the burden away from families
No Hard Sell
Offer a friendly, family orientated service with no corporate company style hard sell
24/7 service 365 days a year
Always available when required
Private chapel of rest for you to respectfully say your final goodbyes.
Ensure that the deceased is cared for and presented in the highest standard possible
For Your Loved Ones
Care for your loved one as if they were our own family member
Offer a choice of bespoke funeral service tailored to your needs or a package for those that want straight forward professional service, to make a tough time easier for you.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
This is usually the first and most personal choice to make, as different religions & beliefs, family traditions and the deceased’s personal requests will play a part in making this decision.
• Sometimes cremations are a more cost-effective option compared to burials, please feel free to ask us to provide you with a price comparison
• Service times can vary at each crematorium, some give you the option to have a double slot to alleviate the pressure and allow you to have more time for your service
• You will need to think about what you would like to do with your loved one’s ashes. Some people choose to scatter them in the garden of remembrance, have them interred, take them home and keep their loved ones close to them. There are always new and intuitive ways to commemorate your loved ones.
• If you do not already own a grave you may wish to ask us to provide an estimate of cost as sometime these may be quite high depending on what area you live.
• Is there a chapel available at the cemetery for the service? Some families choose to go into church or have a graveside service if no chapel available
• Will you be needing a new headstone or a new inscription on an existing headstone
At Herbert Murray Funeral Directors we want each funeral to be a true and unique reflection of a person’s life. Every person is individual and have individual tastes, we want these to be expressed during the funeral as these are usually the things we love most about them. There are many ways to commemorate a person’s life, some things to consider are:
Hobbies and Pastimes
Families who want to favour a unique tribute to a person’s life can let their imagination go wild when it comes to hobbies and pastimes. Some examples of past funerals at Herbert Murray Funeral Directors have included picture coffins, pink hearses, fairy lights around the coffin, Dr Who themed funeral, funeral procession being driven around football stadiums, wellies on top of the coffin…
Order of Service Stationery
Order of service allow mourners to follow the service and a unique commemoration to the deceased. They allow mourners to follow the service and can include poems and photos that are special to the family. In addition to order of service we can provide memorial cards, bookmarks and condolence books.
Families can choose to have a recorded piece of music, an organist, bag piper, jazz band or solo singers. They can have a classical piece of music or light hearted pieces of music. We will discuss with you at the time if there are any restrictions
Herbert Murray Funeral Directors can source specialist vehicles for funerals. These can range from the traditional Horse Drawn Carriage to a motor bike hearse. If your loved one was passionate about vehicles let us know and we can let you know what options are available. A few examples are shown below.
For many, choosing the right coffin can be a difficult decision. We are able to support you when making this choice. By listening to your wishes we will be able to guide you to a coffin which is a unique and fitting tribute to your loved one. Our coffins range from Traditional coffins to bespoke coffins. Here are some examples of the coffins we have in our range. Please feel free to contact us to see our full range.
We encourage you to call us to go through a no obligation estimate of costs. At Herbert Murray Funeral Directors we are aware that funerals are often an unexpected expense. We will provide you with an honest and fair estimate and will remain discreet always. We know that not everyone has the same budget when it comes to arranging funerals. No matter what choices you make we assure you we will treat your loved one with the upmost dignity and respect at all times.
You can arrange for a solicitor or a bank to pay the final balance of the funeral, however the responsibility for the payment will remain with our client.
Our costs are made up of the following:
Including suitable advice and guidance. Liaising with third parties and arranging all personnel required for the attendance of the funeral.
including transportation and preparation if the deceased, bringing the deceased into care and the use of the chapel of rest.
Coffin or casket
We offer a selection of coffins and caskets, ranging from traditional to bespoke.
Limousines, embalming, additional mileage and scatter tubes or Ashes Caskets
Third Party Fees
These are classed as disbursements and are the payments we pay on your behalf. Such as Crematorium and cemetery fees, Minister and Church fees. Flowers, order of service and obituary notice.
At Herbert Murray Funeral Directors we require the Third Party fees as a deposit payment as these payments are made before the funeral takes place. We ask that full payment be paid in full 30 days after the funeral has taken place.
Please let us know if there is any aspect of our invoice you are unsure of.
Also, please let us know if you expect the balance of the funeral to be paid by their estate. Here at Herbert Murray we offer pre-paid funeral plans. Please contact us to discuss this.
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