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FAQs

I have never arranged a funeral before, what do I need to know?
It is inevitable that at some time in our lives, we will be involved in arranging a funeral. This is not an easy period, but there are certain things you can do to ensure everything is arranged to make things simpler:

  • Choose an independent funeral home like Harrison.
  • Be an informed consumer, we are happy to answer any questions you have.
  • Discuss all pricing and ceremonial matters before moving forward.
  • Be prepared and ready for any details that may need changing.
  • Stay in contact with family and friends for moral and financial support.
  • Plan a personal and meaningful service for your loved one to say goodbye in the best way possible.
What does a funeral director do?
Funeral directors provide a variety of services to help the bereaved through a difficult time. They make arrangements for the transportation of the body, handle all necessary paperwork, and guide the family through funeral choices and any other matters that need rectifying. They are caregivers and administrators, with the experience and compassion to help families through the entire process.How much does a funeral cost?
There are many factors that go into the total cost of the funeral; these can include the price of the casket, memorial, hearse rental and so on. The best way to determine a price that is suited for you is to talk to our funeral director and ascertain the prices for individual items, and the service as a whole.What is a funeral Plan?
A funeral plan is essentially a plan for the future, and is a simple way for you to take control of your affairs and ensure that your family will not be burdened with having to second guess your wishes at an emotional time. It also eases the financial implications of a funeral, making sure that when the time comes, your family will not have to worry about costs.Can I make a funeral plan on the behalf of someone else?
Yes, if someone is not in the position or is unable to arrange a funeral plan, you can arrange it on their behalf. All correspondence is fully confidential upon the request of the person making the payment.What do I need to do when someone dies?
If someone dies at home, the first thing anyone should do, is contact the family GP who can then issue a Death Certificate that you take to the registrar. Our funeral director will facilitate transport of the body, so we can move forward with arrangements.
Should I choose a cremation, or a burial?
More than 70% of funerals involve a cremation today, because it is generally more affordable and simple. Commonly, cremated remains are placed in an urn, which families can take home as a memorial, or ashes can be scattered in a place deemed suitable for the deceased.What personal touches can be arranged for a funeral?
A funeral is a highly personal and emotional time, and sometimes a family will have specific requirements that will we strive to fulfil. This can include a particular piece of music, an arrangement of flowers or even a particular vehicle to transport the body. Whatever your individual requirement, we will do our very best to accommodate your wishes.How much do caskets cost, and why are some more expensive than others?
The price of a casket is dependant on what the bereaved decide upon. Some are more expensive than others because of the materials used, and the type of lining within. Caskets can be both wood and metal, and have their own respective varieties and properties which affect the price.Do funerals have to be a religious ceremony?
As with any other aspect of our funeral service, there is a choice concerning the use of a religious ceremony. It is not necessary to have a minister of religion to conduct a service. Instead of prayers and hymns, a family can simply have a series of tributes and sharing of memories. The ceremony can be held in a private home, a funeral parlour, or a place relevant to the deceased.What should I do if death occurs on the weekend or the middle of the night?
Harrison’s funeral directors are available to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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