When someone dies
When someone dies there are many things to do, often at a time of deep personal sorrow when we feel least able to cope. If your loved-one has left no funeral instructions in their will, a letter about their wishes or spoken about their wishes, what happens next will inevitably fall to you.
Some may be familiar with the process already, whilst others will be encountering this for the first time. Either way, there are going to be many decisions to make, and certain procedures to understand.
William Watson will take time to explain all these procedures to you in a clear unfussy fashion, advising and supporting you every step of the way.
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Requirementsfor the registrar
Full Name of Surviving Spouse & Date of Birth
National Insurance Number of Deceased
The first steps
Whether your loved-one has died at hospital, nursing home, or private residence, once the death has been verified or certified we can be contacted to assist.
Once the hospital or GP has provided you with a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death you must notify the The Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages within eight days of your loved-ones passing. To do this you will need your Birth Ceritificate, Marriage Ceritificate and the National Insurance Number of the deceased.
Once the registrar has provided you with a Certificate of Registration of Death (Form 14) we can confirm arrangments for the funeral.
What type of funeral?
Your loved-one may have made a special request. However, if there are no clear wishes, it will be for you and your family to decide if the body will be cremated or buried and what type of funeral will take place. Put a little bit of their personality into it; were they religious? Did they like a particular kind of music? Are there any particular poems or readings they would have liked?
Cremation or burial
The decision on whether to have a cremation or a burial will depend on a number of things: the wishes expressed by the deceased, the wishes of the next of kin and family, and the estimated costs involved. If you would like William Watson to arrange a burial it may be that you have an existing family plot or would like to purchase one. You may also wish to consider placing a memorial headstone or adding an inscription to an existing one.
The cost of a cremation tends to be lower than that of a burial and you also have more flexibility where the remains or ashes are concerned; they can be scattered or interred.
What are disbursements?
When people talk about disbursements they are usually talking about costs that are beyond the control of the Funeral Director.
These extras are likely to include Death Notices, cremation or burial fees and any other third party costs. Its just a fancy way of saying additional costs.
In the case of a sudden death, the funeral cannot be arranged until all necessary investigations have taken place. However, we can, be contacted beforehand to make provisional arrangements and liaise with the relevant authorities on your behalf.
If someone dies abroad
If someone dies abroad or dies locally and needs to be transported to another country and you want us to make arrangements outside of Scotland, William Watson will undertake this procedure on your behalf as part of the funeral arrangements.
Floral tributes and funeral flowers can be arranged to help you pay your respects. We do not sell flowers on site, but we do have several florists we can recommend locally. If you are unsure about the options available, we can advise.
Headstones and monuments can provide lasting symbols of love & remembrance. We are happy to recommend local stonemasons like, J.R Henderson & Sons and Elgin Marble Company (opposite Asda in Elgin Town Centre).
Announce the death of your loved one with details of the funeral or service. This can cost anywhere between £50 and £500. William Watson have years of experience in writing and submitting these for publication.
Music can be used to reflect the life and personality of the person you have lost. It might be a favourite hymn or a favourite record. Depending on your wishes, we can help you arrange an organist or have the music played through our sound system.