Our professional team of funeral experts will guide you through every step, helping you with the choices to be made and arrangements to be co-ordinated.
We operate to the highest standards and will care for your loved one with the utmost care and respect. You will have full access to our entire range of services and professional facilities. We will take responsibility for ensuring every detail is taken care of. We also offer a Simple Funeral service at a lower cost.
You can be assured that we take just as much care with the things you don’t see as the things you do and can expect the highest service levels from us.
You can rely on us to make a difficult time a little easier.
Please call us at any time of the day or night on 01482 947357.
Members of staff always very courteous and professional both over telephone and in person. Very efficient and met all our requirements which took away a lot of the stress at such an emotional time.
Mrs Gail H, March 2019
First class service. Every detail was taken care of in an empathetic manner. All the staff were so helpful, but especially our funeral director, she went above and beyond at this very difficult time.
Mrs Lorraine M, March 2019
Immaculate presentation; approachable and helpful; sensitive and the ultimate professionals with top level administration.
Mr Stephen W, March 2019
As every funeral is completely unique and personal to the families we serve, the final cost will depend on the details you choose.
Funeral costs are usually broken down into Funeral Director fees, third party costs and optional extras that you can choose to personalise the funeral. This table shows an estimated total funeral cost, not including any optional extras that you may wish to add. This is designed to give you an illustrative price and is not intended as a quote.
We always have price lists available in our branch and can provide a quote over the telephone on 01482 947357 or by email. We will also provide you with a written estimate as part of the funeral arrangement service. While we take great pride in giving you the most professional and caring service, we also want you to be comfortable with the costs and understand how our fees work.
We break our costs down into six sections, which we hope you will find helpful. Please use the tabs to find out more about our services, and the high standards you can expect from us.
Summary of costs
We will provide support and guidance, and co-ordinate everything for you. We’ll manage everything for you, liaise with third parties and arrange all the personal details to ensure the funeral is perfect.
Personal, face-to-face contact to discuss your requirements, either at our premises or your home.
A complimentary online Funeral Notice to make it easier for you to advise family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances about the time and date of the funeral.
Our staff, premises, facilities, services and expertise will be available to you whenever you require them with full access to our own 24 hour Client Service Centre.
Flexibility and choice over the time, day and location of the funeral service.
We will continue to be available for any aftercare, including collection of ashes, further advice or additional services as required.
We will bring the person who has died into our care at the soonest available instance using our own fully trained and regulated people and only specialist vehicles and equipment.
Our funeral professionals will care for your loved one in our premium facilities, and will be treated with the utmost care, respect and dignity throughout.
You are welcome to visit the person who has died at our funeral home by appointment at a day and time to suit you. Reception into an alternative location is also available upon request.
We will ensure every available care is taken to delay the natural processes that occur after death. However, as members of the National Association of Funeral Directors we recommend the peace of mind that embalming brings. You will be advised on this and we will require your consent.
One of our own experienced Funeral Directors will personally oversee your chosen arrangements and will guide and support you every step of the way.
Your Funeral Director will prepare in advance all locations for the service and committal and ensure your instructions arranged through ourselves on your behalf are followed on the day.
They will ensure sufficient pallbearers are available and instructed to escort the coffin with dignity and respect.
On the day of the funeral they will be present at your side throughout to supervise the occasion and direct all in attendance accordingly.
As a Dignity Funeral Director, we have access to a wide range of the highest quality hearses.
Our Full Service Funeral service includes the transportation of your loved one in our traditional chauffeur-driven motor hearse. You may choose from a range of alternative options to suit your wishes for an additional fee.
Should you require a personalised alternative to tradition, we can make these arrangements for you as well. We can also provide as many of our chauffeur driven limousines as required to convey the family and main mourners with dignity, in safety and on time.
We will also discuss specific requirements regarding the processional route for the cortege with you. This may be comprised of a journey that includes treasured memories or personal landmarks.
Our Full Service Funeral includes a choice of either a dark wood coffin or a light wood coffin. We offer a wide range of coffins and caskets which include colourful and picture coffins, willow and bamboo or cardboard. All of our coffins are lined and finished by hand with a selection of interiors.
A selection of our coffins is provided below. We will help guide you through your choices at the time of arranging the funeral. We also supply a selection of urns for ashes.
Satin finish, enhanced by silver effect Fleur-de-Lys style handles and cross design screws. Interior fitted with a white taffeta ruched frill with lace edges and pleated at the top. Also available in teak effect with brass effect handles.
Classic oak veneer gloss finished coffin with matching mouldings. The superior brass effect furnishings include hinged bar handles and grooved screw covers. The white satin interior suite features a quilted lid lining, mattress and pillow, lace edging and 14” ruched two-way frill.
For the supply of a woodgrain effect cardboard coffin, this provides an alternative to a traditional wooden coffin and is suitable for burial and cremation.
A superior mahogany veneer coffin with raised lid and matching mouldings, finished in a high gloss polish. The white satin interior suite has a two-way ruched puff ruffle frill with lace edging, quilted lid lining, mattress and pillow. Polished silver effect and dark wood furnishings.
Dignity Picture Coffin
An alternative coffin, the colourful collection offers a choice of designs with a more personal touch. The designs are printed directly onto the wood for a high quality finish.
Hand-woven from natural willow by skilled weavers using traditional skills. The lid has plaited edge detail, securely fastened by toggles, features natural rope and sea grass handles. This coffin has natural, unbleached calico linings and all fastenings are of natural materials making it 100% biodegradable.
Made from solid oak with a gloss finish, this coffin has six antiqued bronze effect handles and a tufted superior satin interior suite with lace edging. Unsuitable for cremation at some crematoriums.
A hand finished, mature grained solid hardwood coffin in Oak finish with triple step raised lid and distinctive panelled sides. The superior brass coloured cast metal fittings feature angel wing screws and drop bar handles. The luxurious white satin interior suite has a laced edge lid piece, padded mattress, quilt and pillow.
A coffin made in fine solid oak with a hand polished finish, this coffin has antiqued brass finish handles and a tufted superior satin interior suite, with lace edging.
We will discuss the following additional services and fees with you during the funeral arrangement, so that you can make an informed decision. Alternatively, you may wish to call us on 01482 947357 to discuss further. You may also wish to add options such as flowers or a memorial for your loved one, which you can read more about further below, or discuss during the arrangement.
We will help you create a dignified and personalised funeral.
Third party costs, sometimes called disbursements, are additional charges which we will manage for you and are included within your single invoice. These payments can vary widely depending on where you live and whether you choose a cremation or burial service for your loved one.
As part of our Full Service Funeral we will prepare, collect and distribute all the required documentation and coordinate external payments for you that are necessary for the funeral to legally proceed. If you would like to discuss a burial service, please call us on 01482 947357.
Within these tabs, we have provided more information on the most common costs. However, we are available to help guide you at any time of day.
Example essential third-party costs
For some people, having enough time to have a private and uninterrupted service to remember a loved one is the most important factor in a funeral service. Ensuring you have enough time at the crematorium to do this is important, including the time taken for the congregation to enter and leave. You may already have a preference on the crematorium that you wish to use. If not, below we have selected the three closest crematoria.
If you are not sure what to choose, you may want to consider the location of the crematorium, the length of time for the service, the seating capacity, facilities and cost. If you would like to discuss these options, or wish to discuss a burial, please call us on 01482 947357.
2.35 miles away
Data is correct as of May 2019. If any of the details above need to be updated, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before the deceased is cremated, two certificates need to be signed by two separate doctors to confirm the cause of death. The cost of attaining two certificates is £164.
In some circumstances, these certificates are not required; for instance if the death has been reviewed by the coroner.
As part of our service, we will handle this paperwork on your behalf, and will guide you to ensure that the required documentation is completed.
A funeral celebrant will usually lead the funeral service, addressing the congregation, and can provide a eulogy, should you wish.
The costs for a minister or celebrant can vary, so £198, the cost of a Church of England minister, is provided for guidance. You may already have a preferred celebrant or minister that you would like to choose. If not, we will provide guidance to help you choose.
Our clients will often choose one of the following to lead the funeral service:
Every funeral is different, and there are other items and services that you can add to a funeral to help celebrate the life of the person who has died.
In this table, we have provided examples of how much is spent on each additional item or service on average in the UK.
The options really are limitless, but we have provided more information on the most common optional costs within these tabs. However, we are available to help guide you at any time of day should you have any questions.
Please don't hesitate to call us on 01482 947357.
Example optional funeral costs
*Data based on UK averages in the SunLife Cost of Dying report 2018
There are many types of memorials and monuments that can be chosen to commemorate a loved one’s life:
At A Shepherd & Sons Funeral Directors, we will guide you through the options for our high-quality range of memorials, and will be able to advise you on local regulations.
You can read more about our Memorials or call us on 01482 947357 to discuss further.
Although they’re not compulsory, funeral flowers help loved ones express their love for the deceased by choosing an appropriate floral tribute.
Some examples of the more commonly used flower arrangements are:
During your arrangement, we will help to guide you through the options should you wish to arrange a floral tribute.
Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your options further on 01482 947357.
A funeral order of service booklet typically provides a schedule of the ceremony and can be given out to mourners as they arrive or sent to people who cannot attend.
A funeral service is a very personal event and people will often have different requirements. However, the order of service may include hymns, songs, poems, readings, photographs, or anything else you would like added, creating a unique commemoration of someone's life. It can become a special memory of a loved one to keep forever; for you, your family, and friends who came to say goodbye.
During your arrangement, we will help to guide you through the options. Please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your options further on 01482 947357.