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SAIF – National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors
McAlister Funeral Director are full members of SAIF, the only professional organisation in the UK exclusively dedicated to serving the local independent family owned funeral director. Being a SAIF member means even that even though we are a small family firm, we can provide a full service for you and your family when you require it. For more info go to www.saif.org.uk
GOLDEN CHARTER FUNERAL PLANS
We provide funeral plans from Golden Charter. These plans give an easy way to plan ahead. You chose the funeral you want and fix the cost at today’s price. We can advise you on the best option for your circumstances.
Our funeral plans have the following practical benefits:
* You can choose your own funeral arrangements, for your own peace of mind
* You will save your family from having to make difficult decisions, trying to guess what you would have wanted, at such a distressing time.
* You can choose a set plan or we can tailor every detail exactly as you want it.
* Your relatives will not be landed with a financial burden, at what could be a difficult and distressing time for them.
* The service will be provided by us, an independent funeral director with an established reputation. If you move to another area you can transfer your plan through a network of professional firms across the country.
* Financial security – the funeral payment is held in Funeral Planning Trust until it is needed, with HSBC Trust Company (UK) Limited as Custodian Trustee
* Your plan can be purchased with a once-only payment or by instalments – whichever suits you best.
* There is no age limit and there are no questions about your health.
Contact us and arrange an appointment today.
For more info go to goldenchartertrust.co.uk
AT HOME OR NURSING HOME
The first thing to do is to contact the deceased’s own G.P, or the doctor on call who comes out to certify the death. The doctor will issue a medical certificate confirming cause of death that is used to register the death at the registration office. If you opt for cremation, let the doctor know as certain paperwork needs to be completed.
Once the doctor has certified the death, contact McAlister’s Funeral Directors who will come out to discuss further details and the deceased will be removed from their place of death to McAlister’s Funeral Home for preparation.
AT HOSPITAL OR HOSPICE
The doctor tending to the deceased during their illness will issue a medical certificate of cause of death. This may be done shortly after the death or perhaps the following morning, depending on the time of death and if the doctor is available.
The deceased will be removed to the mortuary, where the funeral director will liase with the staff to organise the moving of the deceased to the funeral home. Contact McAlister’s funeral directors at any time after the death and we will guide you in the right direction.
If someone dies suddenly or tragically, the coroner will become involved and the deceased will be removed from the place of death by the coroners staff to the Regional City Mortuary where an examination of the deceased may be carried out to determine the cause of death. Any time after the death, contact McAlister’s Funeral Directors who will guide you in the right direction. In this situation the funeral may be delayed for a day or two due to the examination to be carried out.
If a death takes place abroad it must be registered according to the law of that country. The death should also be reported to the Irish or British Consul who may be able to arrange for the death to be registered in the UK as well.?Returning a body to the UK is expensive but the cost may be covered by any travel insurance taken out by the person. If the death was on a package holiday the tour operator should be able to help with arrangements?
Normally a funeral director will be instructed by the insurance company to bring the deceased back to Northern Ireland and then the funeral director at home will co-ordinate any necessary arrangements with them and they will then take over all arrangements. ?If the death was not due to natural causes the coroner for the district will also need to be told and an inquest may need to take place. In Northern Ireland a coroner can also arrange a post-mortem or an inquest if the family requests it.
Once contact is made with McAlister’s you can either call to our office or a funeral director can call to the house to make arrangements. We will guide you through every step of arranging the funeral and our priority is to make sure that you can arrange the funeral for your loved one in the way you want. We will do our best to accommodate any special requests.
The decisions that you are presented with, when arranging a funeral include:
- Is it going to be a burial or cremation?
- Would you like a wake in the house, or to use the funeral home? (if required we can provide coffin stands, candles and alter sets, extra chairs.)
- Which church the funeral will take place in?
- What type of coffin?
- Is the deceased to be dressed in their own clothes or a robe provided by McAlister’s Funeral Directors?
- Would you like a removal to the church the night before?
- What newspapers would you like the funeral notice to be published in?
- Do you require flowers?
- Do you require a limousine?
McAlister’s can liaise on your behalf with the cemeteries, crematorium, newspapers, clergy, and florists if required.
Mass booklets/hymn sheets
If this service is required for a funeral, please contact;
1) IMPACT Printing Ballycastle and talk to: Peter or Francis
Ballycastle: +44 (0) 28 2076 2469
Coleraine: +44 (0) 28 7034 4543
2) Ballymena Business Equipment
Contact Myrtle on: +44 (0) 28 2564 1712
By law, all deaths occurring in Northern Ireland must be registered. Deaths should be registered before the funeral takes place, except where the matter has been referred to the Coroner. If the Coroner is involved, the registration will take place after the funeral. The registration office will phone to let you know when to register and this happens after two weeks or up to six months after the death depending on the circumstances. The Coroner can issue an interim death certificates in the meantime which can be used for any legal purposes.
WHAT DO YOU NEED IN ORDER TO REGISTER A DEATH?
You will need the medical certificate cause of death issued by a doctor.
WHAT DOES IT COST TO REGISTER A DEATH?
There is no cost for registering a death. The only cost will be for certified copies of the death certificate if required.
WHERE CAN A DEATH BE REGISTERED?
With the Registrar at the office of Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages
If a medical certificate cause of death is issued by the doctor :
- the death can be registered in any Registration Council Office.
If the coroner is involved the death must be registered:
- in the district in which the person died, or
- in the district in which the person normally lived.
WHO CAN REGISTER A DEATH?
Any relative of the deceased who has knowledge of the details required to be registered (this includes a relative by marriage).
- A person present at the death.
- A person taking care of the funeral arrangements.
- The executor or administrator of the deceased’s estate.
- The occupier, at the time of death, of the premises in which the death occurred.
- A person finding the body, or
- A person taking charge of the body
WHAT INFORMATION WILL YOU NEED TO GIVE THE REGISTRAR?
- Full name and surname of the deceased.
- Date and place of death and usual address.
- Marital status (single, married, widowed or divorced).
- Date and place of birth.
- Occupation of the deceased (if the deceased was a wife or widow, the full names and occupation of her husband (or deceased husband) will be required.
- If the deceased was a child, the full names and occupation of the father will be required or where the parents are not married the full names and occupations of the mother will be required).
- Maiden surname (if the deceased was a woman who had married).
WHAT WILL THE REGISTRAR GIVE YOU?
Once the registration is completed, the Registrar will issue the following forms:-?- GRO 21 which permits the burial or cremation to take place ?- Form 36 for production to the Social Security Offices regarding benefits.?
Please note: The GRO21 must be given to the funeral director before the funeral takes place
Grave side service
- Arranging opening and closing of the grave
- Dressing grave: side sheets, grass matting and covering, etc.
- Erecting Grave side tent: this will provide shelter to the family.
Providing pre-planned, pre-paid funerals