Memorial Woodlands Funeral Directors: 24-hour emergency service, 365 days
When someone dies we can collect and care for the deceased very quickly, no matter what the time of day or day of the week. At this point you can give us clothing to dress your loved one, or you can leave this until later.
When you’re ready we will guide and support you through the next stages of the process. There’s no need to rush and we will help you at every step.
Death at home
Once the doctor has visited to certify the death, we are allowed to collect the body and take it to our peaceful chapel of rest at the Memorial Woodlands. We can arrange the doctor’s visit, or you can do this.
Death in hospital
Hospitals usually have their own mortuary, where staff will take the deceased to await a doctor to certify the death, which they will arrange. Once this has happened we can collect and care for your loved one while we help you through the next stages. All you need to do is tell them you would like to use Memorial Woodlands Funeral Directors; they will contact us, then we will contact you.
Death in a home or hospice
Care homes, nursing homes and hospices normally require a funeral director to collect the deceased as soon as possible once a doctor has certified the death, which they will arrange. All you need to do is to tell them you would like to use Memorial Woodlands Funeral Directors.
If the death is sudden or unexpected a coroner will be involved. This is to establish the cause of death and may cause a delay in arranging the funeral. The doctor, ambulance service or hospital will arrange this. The deceased may be taken to the coroner’s premises or we may be asked to look after the body on behalf of the coroner.
You may like to read our advice about what to do when someone dies.
Also please refer to our bereavement resources page.