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What to do when death occurs

Things to Consider

Coffins & Caskets

We understand that selecting the right coffin is difficult; you want your loved one’s final resting place to be special, but the sheer volume of choice can be overwhelming. We offer a wide range of coffins and caskets in a variety of different styles and materials. Click here to download our full range of coffins.

Funeral Flowers

We will offer to supply the floral tributes or you may wish to use your own florist. Many people now request donations in lieu of flowers to a charity of organization. Either is acceptable but you may wish to have some family flowers on the coffin. Click here to download our flower brochure.

Monumental Masonry

Choosing a memorial can be a difficult task but we are able to offer advice and assist you in purchasing a lasting tribute that’s perfect for your loved one. We can help you to choose or design the most suitable memorial from our large selection of premium quality headstones, using an array of different materials. We also offer additions such as marble statues, memorial vases, porcelain photographs and ornaments. Click here to download the brochure.

Horsedrawn 2

Most funerals require the use of a Hearse to convey your loved one to their place of rest. Usually we use our modern dignified black motor hearse with matching six door limousines to follow. However your loved one may have preferred an alternative mode of transport such a horse-drawn hearse or motorcycle hearse.


We can help you to create a unique keepsake made especially for you that can be treasured for a lifetime. We have a range of items such as memory bears, finger print jewellery, ashes into glass, cremated remains urns and other keepsake items.


Many funerals are held in a church or some other place of worship followed by burial or cremation. The Local clergy or leader will be contacted and they will go through the service with you. For those who are not religious, we can arrange for a Humanist or a Celebrant to lead the ceremony, which usually takes place at the crematorium or graveside.


The music you chose to play at your loved ones funeral is often very personal. Music played in church will need to be approved by the clergy, but many churches now allow favourite tunes or songs to be played in addition to hymns. Most Crematoria have a library of popular music, we just need to know the track title and artist to be able to download it. You may also wish to include live music, such as a piper, bugler or harpist. We can help you to arrange this.


We can provide many menus from various venues in the local area who offer catering facilities. However, if you prefer, we can supply buffets to church halls, workingmen’s clubs, cricket club, private venues and homes from as little as £5.00 per head. We can organize the whole reception for you.

Funeral Costs

As no two funerals are the same, we believe in tailoring your requirements which are personal to you, therefore we don’t have set packages for you to choose from. We will create the perfect tribute to your loved one, within your budget means. We will provide you with an estimate of funeral costs before we proceed with any arrangements.

Things to Consider

Death is a difficult thing to come to terms with, and there are certain things to consider and steps to take for those who are left behind. To help make this process easier to deal with, Alderson’s Family Funerals have compiled a list of things that will help.

Death Outside of the Home

If death occurs in a hospital, hospice or care home, it’s up to the staff of the particular place to contact the GP of your loved one. From there, the GP will come and visit them and issue a Medical Certificate of the Cause of Death.

Death at Home

If a family member passes whilst they are at home, you will want to contact their doctor and inform them immediately, this will allow them time to give you the necessary medical certificates which you will need when you register their death. You can register a death at a local registry office.

The next thing to do is contact your local funeral directors, Alderson’s Family Funerals, who will be able to guide you through the entire process of arranging a funeral. We will visit and collect your loved one, allowing them to rest with us until all of the necessary arrangements have been made for the funeral.

You should register a death within five days and you will need to arrange this with a local registrar. Ensure that you have all of the necessary information to hand on the day, this includes:

  • Medical Certificate stating the Cause of Death
  • Time, date and place of death
  • Full name of the deceased (you will also need their maiden name if the deceased was married)
  • The date and place of birth
  • Their occupation (including the full name and occupation of their spouse/civil partner)
  • If married/in a civil partnership, the date of birth of the surviving significant other
  • Their medical card
  • Their current address

Documents you will need to verify the deceased:

  • Their passport
  • Proof of address (council tax or utilities bills will suffice)
  • If applicable, marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Some form of identification for yourself

When the death has been registered, a green certificate will be given to you, enabling you to bury or cremate them. This will need to be handed over to your chosen funeral directors, allowing them to proceed officially with your loved one’s memorial service.

Local Registry offices

Deaths should be registered within the jurisdiction in which the person has died. Deaths which occur in Durham should be registered at one of the Durham branches. Telephone the main registry office and they will be happy to make an appointment for you at any of the below offices: 03000 266 000

Durham, Stanley, Chester le Street, Crook, Bishop Auckland and Consett.
Tel: 03000 266 000

Other District Registry Offices:

Newcastle Registry Office
2nd Floor Civic Centre, Newcastle, NE1 8QH
Tel: 0191 2787878

Sunderland Registry Office
Civic Centre, Sunderland, SR2 7DN
Tel: 0191 520 5553

Darlington Registry Office
The Register Office, Town Hall, Feethams, Darlington DL1 5QT
Tel: 01325 406400

Coroner Involved

If the coroner is involved due to various circumstances such as sudden death, tragic death, industrial illness or doctor unsure of the cause of death, the procedure is different and we at Alderson’s Family Funerals will keep you informed of the procedures and documentation required.


Let us help you create a fitting tribute for a loved one

Call us on 0191 373 1828 Email us on: enquiries@alderson-funerals.co.uk or request a callback using the form below

Come & see us, we are here to help

Ushaw Moor: Flass Terrace Ushaw Moor Durham DH7 7LD
Mon-Fri: 09:00 - 17:00 Sat: by appointment Sunday: by appointment

FAQs & Advice

To help you during this difficult time, Alderson’s Family Funerals have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and their respective answers below.

If you would like to take further steps to remember your loved one after the funeral, there are a number of different options available to you. For example, you could consider our range of keepsake items, such as scatter tubes and memory stones, memory bears, keepsake jewellery or you could put your loved one’s name in the memorial book.
It’s not always easy to know what flowers would best suit the funeral you are arranging, but it’s not uncommon to see any of the following: sprays, wreaths, sheaves and baskets, posies, hearts and cushions, and crosses and letters. If you would like to see our flower brochure or would like some expert advice from our team, please contact us.
Yes you can, but in order to do this, we will need the deeds or definite confirmation as to the location. Most councils require the deeds or an indemnity signed. There are often strict rules regarding the erection of memorials in churchyards and cemeteries and we can advise you of these at the time.
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