Preparing for the Funeral

When will the funeral take place?

  • It would usually take place about seven to ten working days after making the funeral arrangements.
  • Remember that the funeral has to be arranged with the minister or celebrant, Church and the Cemetery or Crematorium.
  • We will sit down with you and give you all the necessary options.
  • We will tell you the earliest possible date that the funeral can take place.
  • The choice is yours whether the earliest date is convenient or you would prefer to delay it for the family’s convenience.
  • You may wish to avoid birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, examinations or other family occasions.

Are there any special instructions?

  • You may have recently talked to the person who has died about special requests.
  • There may be specific requests in their Will which is probably held by a solicitor or bank.
  • Perhaps a pre-paid funeral plan has been purchased in which case you'll know some of their wishes.
  • Sometimes you may have to make the decision yourself.

Burial or Cremation?

Burial

  • A burial is often more expensive than a cremation.
  • If a burial is chosen:  Which Cemetery or Churchyard is preferred?
  • Will it be a new grave?
  • These are usually opened to allow space for two people, sometimes three.
  • Is there an existing family grave to be re-opened? We will need details of the last interment so that we can locate the grave.

Cremation

  • A cremation is often less expensive than a burial.
  • If a cremation is chosen: Which crematorium is preferred?

There are two in Plymouth, Efford and Weston Mill, also locally available are Bodmin, Torquay, Exeter, East Devon and Truro.

Can I choose a memorial for the grave?

Different cemeteries have different regulations on which we will be pleased to advise.

 

What other acts of remembrance can I do after a cremation?

  • There are many options usually provided by the crematorium, including Books of Remembrance, rose bushes and commemorative plaques.
  • What will I do with the cremated remains (ashes) afterwards?
  • There are two alternatives: They can either be scattered or buried. It is then a question of where?

Burial of cremated remains.

  • If they are buried, it may be in an existing family grave where there is no room for a further burial.
  • Or in your local churchyard which may be closed for full burials.
  • You may decide to purchase a new cremated remains plot at the crematorium and have a memorial  tablet with an inscription so that you have somewhere to visit afterwards.
  • They could be buried at sea, which we can arrange, or by the Royal Navy if there are Naval connections.
  • —Or you may decide to take them and bury them in your own garden.

Scattering of cremated remains.

  • If they are scattered, it may be on an existing family grave in a cemetery.
  • In the garden of remembrance at the crematorium.
  • Scattered at sea, by yourself or with the help of a friend who has a boat.
  • —Or scattered in a favourite place, perhaps your own garden with a seat or favourite plant sited for remembrance.

What about the Ashes?

If any of the above is confusing or not appropriate please do not rush into a wrong decision.  We will always be pleased to hold the cremated remains at our premises to allow you the time to think about and settle on the right decision. We have a wide variety of suitable containers available for you to choose from.

 

Walter C Parson

Head Office - The Firs, Crownhill

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  • Client parking available
  • —Disabled access
  • Reception— & Administration office
  • Arrangement rooms
  • —Chapel of rest & Preparation facilities

The Firs
702 Budshead Road,
Crownhill,
Plymouth, PL6 5DY

Office Opening Hours
Mon-Fri, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

Tel 01752 767676 (24 Hr number)

 
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Hugh Mills & Gaye, Kings House, Newton Abbot

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  • Client parking available
  • Reception & Disabled access
  • —Arrangement rooms & Chapel of rest
  • Administration office
  • —Preparation facilities

Kings House
King Street,
Newton Abbot TQ12 2LG

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tel 01626 334444

 
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Hugh Mills & Gaye, Torquay

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  • Client parking available
  • —Arrangement room —& Chapel of rest
  • Administration office
  • Preparation facilities
  • Reception

147 Babbacombe Road,
Torquay TQ1 3SU

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Tel 01803 329494

 
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Pengelly Funeral Service, Saltash

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  • Parking close by & —Disabled access
  • Reception & Administration office
  • Arrangement room & —Chapel of rest
  • Preparation facilities

Pengelly Funeral Service
139, Fore Street, Saltash
Cornwall PL12 6AB

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tel 01752 848838

 
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Pidgen & Son Funeral Service, Torpoint

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  • Client parking available
  • Reception & Disabled access
  • —Arrangement room & —Chapel of rest
  • —Administration office
  • —Preparation facilities

Pidgen & Son Funeral Service
4,Trevol Business Park
Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2TB

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Tel 01752 812479

 
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Riverside, Ivybridge

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  • Client parking available
  • Reception &  —24 Hour service
  • Arrangement room & —Chapel of rest
  • Administration office
  • —Preparation facilities

Riverside
Costly Street,
Ivybridge PL21 0DB

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm

Tel 01752 690909

 
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Salisbury House, St Judes

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  • On street parking & —Reception
  • Arrangement rooms & Chapel of rest
  • Preparation facilities
  • —Administration office

Salisbury House
11 Tothill Avenue,
Plymouth PL4 8PJ

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tel 01752 665438

 
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St Mary’s View, Plympton

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  • —Easy parking close by
  • Reception & —Disabled access
  • —Arrangement room & —Chapel of rest
  • Administration office
  • Preparation facilities

St Mary’s View
2 Market Road,
Plympton
Plymouth PL7 1QW

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tel 01752 343848

 
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The Stables, Tavistock

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  • Client parking available
  • Reception & —Administration office
  • Arrangement rooms & Chapel of rest
  • —Preparation facilities

The Stables,
32 West Street,
Tavistock, PL19 8JY

Office Opening Hours
Monday - Friday 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

Tel 01822 617300

 
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