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Arranging a funeral is an upsetting period for family and friends. However, choosing a prepaid funeral plan can relieve the financial worry at this already distressing time.  

Mourner with lilies placing their hand on a funeral casket

So, what is a prepaid funeral plan? In this post, our specialist team of Bristol funeral directors will explain what’s included, what the benefits are, and how to set up your plan. 

What is a prepaid funeral plan, and is it right for me? 

A prepaid funeral plan is a package that enables you to pay for and plan your funeral arrangements in advance. This option allows individuals to protect family members from rising funeral costs. It also shares your wishes and decisions regarding the arrangements with your loved ones.  

What’s included in a prepaid funeral plan? 

There are several options to choose from, depending on the selected prepaid funeral plan package. At Jamieson, our funeral plan providers, Golden Charter, provide a wide range of tailored plans to suit your needs.  

For example, our Complete Funeral package includes: 

How do I set up a prepaid funeral plan? 

Setting up and paying for a prepaid funeral plan is simple. Costs are fixed at the time of purchase. This helps to avoid unpredictable increases in funeral costs.  

Payment can be made in full or via flexible instalments.  

The choice of packages also gives you the freedom to select individual details about your funeral and service requirements. Packages start from £1500 and can be tailored to your needs.  

If you’d like to learn more about setting up a prepaid funeral plan, our supportive team are available on our 24-hour phone line to provide help and advice. 

What are the benefits of a prepaid funeral plan? 

Choosing a prepaid funeral plan for yourself or a loved one has several benefits. Firstly, many decisions about the arrangements and service are already considered, which takes the pressure off family and friends.  

This type of plan covers aspects such as transport, organising the service and, ultimately, choosing a funeral director.  

Secondly, the cost of a funeral can fluctuate over time. Choosing a prepaid plan fixes the price on the day of purchase – giving you peace of mind that your family won’t have unexpected costs during this upsetting time.  

Who can buy a prepaid funeral plan? 

Prepaid funeral plans are available for anyone over the age of 18. Packages allow you to plan the arrangements and pay for them in advance.  

Funeral packages can be purchased without health or medical checks. However, individuals paying by instalments must be between 50 and 78 years old when applying.  

What happens to the plan and arrangements when I die? 

When you take out a prepaid funeral plan, it’s advisable to speak with your friends and family.  

When the time comes to make arrangements, they can call the number in your documents pack to start the process. The funeral director will take care of all the details and keep your loved ones updated.  

Can I take a prepaid funeral plan out for someone else? 

Yes. Prepaid funeral plans can be purchased for someone else. When completing the documents, you will need to fill in a section to identify yourself as the plan holder’s representative. This ensures paperwork is sent to the right person.  

A prepaid funeral plan in your own name can also be transferred to another person as long as it is paid in full.  

To find out more about arranging funeral plans in Bristol, contact us on 0117 956 4796 or email us at directors@jamiesonfunerals.co.uk.  

The loss of a loved one is never easy. When they’re taken into the care of a funeral home, you can still visit them at the chapel of rest. To make things a little clearer, we’ll explain what the chapel of rest is and what to expect when you visit. 

Wooden casket with white flowers and candles at a funeral home

What is the chapel of rest? 

A chapel of rest is a room or building, usually attached or housed within a funeral home, where you may visit and pay respects to your loved one before their funeral. 

What to expect at a chapel of rest 

Each chapel of rest will vary between funeral homes, but there are several general features to expect. There will usually be a table or stand for the coffin or casket. This is known as a catafalque. There will be seating for you to spend time peacefully with your loved one. A chapel of rest either has no windows or windows covered with thick curtains for additional privacy. 

Should I visit the chapel of rest? 

There is no obligation to visit the chapel of rest if you don’t want to or feel unable to. The chapel of rest is there to allow mourners to visit and say goodbye to their loved ones, if they wish to. However, others prefer not to visit. If you’re unsure about whether you’d like to visit the chapel of rest, it may help to speak with your funeral director, who can advise you.  

If you do decide that you’d like to visit the chapel of rest, contacting your funeral director to arrange a suitable time and date to visit is the first step. They can also advise you about whether a visit would be distressing or harmful – for example, if the death was due to a potentially infectious disease. 

Who can visit a chapel of rest? 

You might be wondering if there are any restrictions on who can visit a chapel of rest. Though there are no legal restrictions on who can attend, this will ultimately be at the discretion of the deceased’s family or those arranging the funeral, so you should always speak with them first before visiting. You should also contact the funeral home beforehand to arrange a suitable visiting time. 

Etiquette for visiting a chapel of rest 

What to wear to a chapel of rest 

This will depend on whether the family of the deceased have specified a dress code or if there are any religious requirements specified. If these don’t apply, then there is no formal dress code to follow. 

Can I speak at a chapel of rest? 

Yes, you can speak at the chapel of rest. Some mourners use this as an opportunity to say goodbye to their loved ones or tell them how they feel. There are no strict rules on what you can or cannot say, but you should always be respectful to the other people in the room by considering your volume, tone of voice, and wording. 

Can I take photographs? 

There is no restriction against taking photographs in a chapel of rest, but you should always check with the family of the deceased and the funeral organisers first to ensure you don’t cause offense. 

Compassionate and respectful funeral services in Bristol 

Arranging a funeral can be a daunting task, especially whilst you’re grieving for a loved one. Additional considerations such as deciding whether to visit the chapel of rest can seem overwhelming. If you have any questions about visiting a loved one before the funeral or about the funeral process itself, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our caring and helpful team.  

To learn more about our funeral packages or book an appointment at our funeral home in Bristol, call us on 0117 956 4796 or email at directors@jamiesonfunerals.co.uk

Losing a loved one is never easy and arranging a funeral can be tough, especially when your world has just been turned upside down. Whether you’ve organised a funeral before or it’s your first time, feeling overwhelmed or underprepared is completely understandable.

Female funeral director asking a question

Funeral arrangements will depend on several factors, including your loved one’s religion and their final wishes. Knowing what you want for their service and what to expect when making funeral arrangements can make the process a little easier.

So, what questions will a funeral director ask you? Read on for our essential guide on what to expect at your first appointment below.

What to expect when visiting a funeral director

Firstly, it is important to understand that funeral directors are highly empathetic and understanding of your situation. If you don’t feel ready to go to the funeral home, it is perfectly acceptable to request that the funeral director come to you instead.

Nor do you have to visit the funeral director straight away. Once the death has been registered, you will be given a green form which you must take with you to the funeral home (or have with you at the home visit). The time frame in which you decide to do this is up to you.

Funeral directors understand that losing a loved one is a life-changing event, and they are there to guide and support you through the process in whichever way is best for you.

Questions to expect

Funeral directors are not cold or indifferent, there to bombard you with questions about your dearly departed. They are there to listen, give advice and offer guidance. However, they will need to ask you a few questions to make sure that the funeral goes ahead smoothly and that all your wishes are respected.

To help you prepare for the funeral, our dedicated Bristol funeral directors will ask you some of the following questions:

Depending on how you answer, there may be follow-on questions to ensure the funeral director fully understands what your wishes are and how best to arrange them.

Questions to ask a funeral director

You may have lots of questions to ask, but don’t worry if you don’t. Your appointment with one of our female funeral directors is a conversation – not a questionnaire. They will be happy to answer any questions you have about the process, so don’t be afraid to ask.

Common questions that we encounter from our customers are:

You may have questions not included on this list – and that is fine too. All in all, your appointment to discuss the arrangements will take around an hour, in which you will have the opportunity to make your final goodbye as special as possible.

If you’d like to book an appointment at our funeral home in Bristol or you want more information about our services, call our 24-hour phone line on 0117 956 4796 or email us at directors@jamiesonfunerals.co.uk and we’ll be in touch soon.

Deciding what to wear to a funeral when the weather is warm can be a challenge. On the one hand, it’s a relief not to have to worry about it being cold and wet on such an important occasion. On the other, you don’t want to end up feeling uncomfortably hot.

Woman Choosing Clothes for Summer Funeral

If you’re wondering what to wear to a funeral in the summer, you’re in the right place. Our specialist team of female funeral directors have put together a brief guide on dressing respectably for services while staying cool and comfortable. Read on to learn more.

Ladies wear for summer funerals

Skirt/ dresses

Skirts and dresses are a reliable go-to for a funeral on a hot summer’s day. It is perfectly acceptable to show your legs at a funeral, providing the skirt is no shorter than knee-length. Ideally, you should also wear thin tights for formal occasions.

Trousers

If you do wish to wear trousers, then opt for a soft, thin fabric that fits loosely around the legs. This will ensure good air circulation and the trousers won’t stick to your skin if you start to sweat. Loose fitting cotton or linen trousers are great options for preventing sweating, but you should avoid casual denim fabrics at funerals.

Jackets

If you wish to wear a thin jacket with your outfit, then go ahead. At most services, it is acceptable to remove your jacket if you get too warm, providing that the top or dress you have on underneath is smart enough alone.

Tops

Turtlenecks and long-sleeved are perfect for funerals, however, they may be too warm during the summer. A plain or floral short sleeve or three-quarter length sleeve top or blouse will work fine as long as the neckline isn’t too low.

Sheer tops and vest tops are a no go. Even though they’re a summer wardrobe essential, it’s best to avoid any tops that reveal too much skin at a remembrance service. You should also avoid tops with flashy embellishments or slogans.

Men’s wear for summer funerals

When it comes to deciding what to wear for a summer funeral, men have fewer options, as traditional funerals do expect a formal suit or jacket. However, not all funerals adhere to strict dress codes, so check with the person organising the service to find out what’s appropriate. Either way, men will usually be expected to look smart.

Jackets

Check if you are required to wear a jacket before you attend the service. If you are, opt for a lightweight jacket made from linen, cotton or polyester. You should also opt for understated colours such as black, navy, brown or grey. Dark colours are most common for funerals and they’re also better for disguising sweat.

Trousers

Shorts and flip flops are usually not allowed for funerals, however tapered chino style trousers that reveal a little ankle will keep you cooler and should be acceptable for more relaxed services. Otherwise, stick to tailored trousers made from cotton or linen to keep your comfortable.

Shirts

Long-sleeved shirts are still the norm at funerals, which isn’t ideal in a heatwave. Because of this, you’ll want to choose your fabrics wisely and opt for a shirt made from cotton, chambray or even bamboo. These fabrics allow airflow to pass through freely, helping sweat evaporate easier.

Expert funeral advice in Bristol

Choosing what to wear at a funeral in the summer may be the least of your worries, but it’s wise to consider your comfort during such a difficult day.

Dressing for a funeral in warm weather isn’t always easy given the nature of traditional funeral dress codes. However, services are evolving and not all dress codes are the same, so ask ahead of time to make sure you know what’s expected and opt for lightweight fabrics to keep you cool.

Whether you’re in need of a local funeral director near you or you have questions about what to expect on the day, contact our friendly Bristol funeral directors today on 0117 956 4796 or email directors@jamiesonfunerals.co.uk for support.

It’s only natural to be unsure about what to say at a funeral. Because losing someone close can be very traumatic, comforting a bereaved person is far from easy. It is completely normal to be at a loss for words in such moments.

Talking at Funeral

You can’t avoid being overwhelmed by the grief and sadness that come with funerals. However, you can think through what you are going to say beforehand, so your feelings don’t get the best of you.

Words of comfort to say at a funeral

If you don’t know what to say at a funeral, put yourself in the shoes of the grieving person. They are not looking for instant comfort, nor for advice on how to get on with their lives. All they want to know is that they can rely on their friends and family for support.

The best way to be caring and supportive is by keeping the actual message short and simple. However, you need to ensure that your intonation is heartfelt and sincere. Non-verbal communication is just as important. Maintain eye contact with the bereaved person at all times and — if you’re reasonably close with them — end your message with a short hug.

These are some appropriate words of comfort and support that you can say at a funeral service:

What to text someone after a funeral

After the end of the service, you might want to send a message to the bereaved person to show further support. It can be difficult to know what to text someone after a funeral, but these words will make things easier:

Help with funeral arrangements

One way to support a grieving person is by offering your help with paperwork and funeral arrangements. Learning how to plan a funeral can be extremely exhausting for anyone suffering from bereavement – particularly in the first stages of grief. Your close friend or family member will be eternally grateful if you take some weight off their shoulders.

If you’d like to hear more about our funeral services or plans, call us on our 24-hour phoneline at 0117 956 4796 or email us at directors@jamiesonfunerals.co.uk.

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