Here at the Green Burial Company we understand that it is an upsetting time for you and our caring staff can help and liaise with funeral directors to organise the perfect funeral.
We can offer advice but further information can be obtained from The Natural Death Centre
Funeral directors are welcome at Olney Green Burial and we will liaise with them about funeral arrangements and payment as necessary.
Funerals of any religious denomination, civil or Humanist ceremonies or none at all are welcome. Services may be held at the graveside, live or recorded music played and as there is unlikely to be another funeral on the same day, there is no constraint on the time taken. Our aim is to provide a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere for all users and visitors to the Burial Ground.
Death in Hospital
A Bereavement or Patient Affairs Officer will be your point of contact and let you have any valuables and possessions of the deceased and the death certificate. There may be a delay if the Coroner's Office needs to examine the cause of death. The body will be kept in the hospital mortuary until released.
Death at Home
When someone dies at home a doctor should be called and will certify the death or arrange for the police to be called if there is anything unusual about the death, in which case a post mortem may be required. If the doctor can issue a death certificate it may be necessary to collect it from the surgery.
Usually a body can be kept at home for a few days and the doctor or nurse can advise how best to care for it.
Death in a Nursing or Residential Home
Often, when a resident dies, the staff will arrange for a funeral director to remove the deceased over night and will call a doctor and funeral director of their choosing, unless prior instructions have been given. Should you wish to use a different funeral director, transferring the deceased may incur additional costs.
Before making any funeral arrangements it is important to check if the deceased left any wishes or instructions in a will or letter. Respecting the deceased's wishes can help overcome any disagreements among family members over the form of funeral to take place.
Registering the Death
A funeral cannot take place until this is done, within 5 days of the death, at the local office of the Registrar of Deaths, usually by appointment. The Registrar will need:-
The Registrar will issue a death certificate (free but copies will be charged for) and a green certificate of registration, which the funeral director or person responsible for the body, will need before burial or cremation can take place. The place of burial will require this or the order for burial, issued by the coroner's office, before interment can take place.
For many this is best left to funeral directors but it is possible to organise a funeral without. Giving consideration to practical issues such as caring for the deceased, lifting, carrying and transport arrangements. Good advice is available from The Natural Death Centre.
If cremation was the wish of the deceased additional forms have to be completed by two doctors for which a fee will be charged.
The cemetery or green burial ground will require the green certificate of registration or coroner's order for burial.
Coffins today can be made from many beautiful natural materials, from willow and banana leaves to cardboard and paper mache, or a simple shroud made in calico or wool. We have listed below some of the many companies that can provide, via ourselves or your appointed funeral director suitable coffins.
The SAWD Partnership
Tel: 01795 830 688
Greenfield Creations Ltd
Tel: 01440 788866