This is a simple process that we can do for you with minimum fuss. We have designed a number of service sheets ranging from Traditional to Modern in style that can be quickly and easily prepared for your service. You can select the style you prefer here or during the arrangement in our offices and our designers will then personalise your design with your pictures and service details. There is a nominal charge for this to cover printing costs. Of course, if you wish, you are free to design and print your own service sheets.
Southend is a pleasant facility that provides two chapels for funeral services. It has the South Chapel, which is perfect for smaller gatherings of up to 50 people, and the West Chapel, which is designed for larger services of up to 120 people seated. Both are well furnished modern facilities with a traditional feel. Use of either chapel is included in all prices quoted on this site. See local cemeteries and crematoria
This is not a problem. Please take a look at our Local Cemeteries and Crematoria page to see the locations we most usually serve in Essex. If you wish to use a Crematorium that is not on our site please call us 01702 436000 to discuss this.
This can seem like a very daunting situation but don’t worry, there are a few simple steps to take. What you need to do will change depending on where the death has occurred so we have covered every scenario for you. If you go to our First Steps page and select the relevant place of death then you will find a short and clear description of exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it.
This depends to a degree on the situation you are in. For example, if your loved one is taken into a care home or a hospice it is advisable to decide on your preferred funeral director ahead of time and make the home/hospice aware of your choice so that they can take the correct action when required. You will find a brief and clear explanation of when it is best to contact a funeral director by clicking here. Of course we are more than happy to give you advice on this if you wish, just call us on 01702 436000 and we will talk you through it and answer all your questions.
Absolutely not. During a cremation the coffin is always burned. Out of respect for the deceased and the family a coffin would never be reused under any circumstances.
Yes, you get absolutely all of the ashes returned to you. Each crematorium has very careful procedures to ensure that all cremated remains are fully collected for the family. People sometimes wonder if there is any contamination with other ashes, but rest assured that crematoria maintain strict practices to ensure that no ashes are every close to, or mixed with, any other cremated remains.
We advise that 2 weeks is a good period of time for arranging a funeral service. This gives time for all details to be sorted out, service sheets to be designed and printed and for people to make arrangements to attend. The average time for arranging a service is between one and a half and two and a half weeks. It is possible to do this more quickly, for example a funeral can be arranged in a week but it may not be possible to have service sheets ready. In exceptional circumstances where there is no complication or coroner’s involvement a service can be arranged as fast as two days but this is very rare. Please note that if the coroner is involved it can take several weeks for the body to be released and funeral arrangements cannot be finalised until this has happened.
The most helpful answer here is “when it is convenient for you”. Most families like to visit their funeral director and go through all the arrangements between one and three days after their loved one has passed. However there is no rush, so if it takes you a week or so for you to feel ready to visit your funeral director that is OK. A common misunderstanding is that you cannot arrange the funeral until you have registered the death and received the green form. This is not true.
You are free to arrange the funeral before you have registered the death, just be aware that the funeral cannot be completed until the green form has been given to your funeral director. In some circumstances people like to go through all the arrangements prior to the point of death and this is completely fine. Most details and choices can be sorted out and agreed at this time, but of course the actually date and time of the funeral cannot be arranged or decided prior to the date of passing.
Doctor’s fees are only charged for a cremation, not for a burial. The reason for this is that, unlike a burial, no investigation can take place after a cremation has been performed. For this reason the government stipulates that the deceased’s doctor must view the deceased and certify that the cause of death is as specified and that there is nothing suspicious about the circumstances.
Previously two doctor’s certificates were required but since the arrival of the Coronavirus the regulations have changed so only one doctor is required. This has reduced the doctors’ fees from £164 to £82.
If a Post Mortem is carried out by the Coroner’s office then no doctor’s certificate is requires so there is no charge.
Yes, of course you can. We will dress your loved one in whatever clothes you choose to provide, or they can be dressed in a traditional gown for viewing. You can arrange for viewing in our chapel of rest and we will make sure everything is ready for you to say a private and serene goodbye.
No, this is usually an unnecessary expense. Contrary to some common practice it is not usually necessary for the deceased to be embalmed even when viewing is desired. We will, of course, provide embalming where requested and, in some circumstances where it is deemed necessary we will advise that embalming is required for a viewing. Embalming is invasive, adds to the cost of a funeral and most often it is not required so we advise against this procedure unless it is necessary for viewing purposes.
Yes. It is not uncommon for a funeral to be delayed between 2 to 4 weeks for family arrangements and we are happy to do this. We do not charge for long term care of the deceased unless the delay is longer than 3 months.
When you pre-pay for a funeral the money is never held by the funeral director. Your money is held by a financial institution regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. This means that your money is legally protected and cannot be lost even if your chosen funeral director goes out of business. Should this happen then the company holding the money will arrange for your funeral to be conducted by another reputable independent funeral director in your area.
Yes, of course. You can choose during the arrangement for family and friends to carry the coffin, but even if you decide at the last minute that some people want to help carry the coffin this will not present a problem. You can select anything from 1 to 6 bearers but not more than 6. We will instruct the bearers carefully on the procedure for carrying the coffin and then remain in close attendance while it is being carried in. Please note that we always attend with a full team of bearers so even if you have arranged for 4 people to carry the coffin but they decide not to at the last minute then we can continue without any delay.
No, you will never be required to carry the coffin. Penrose Funerals always attend each funeral with a full team of bearers even if the family have arranged to carry the coffin themselves. This is to ensure that the funeral will always proceed without any delay or problem even if the family decide not to bear the coffin at the last minute. No responsible funeral director will ever ask or require any family or friends to act as bearers for a funeral. Bearing is done on a purely voluntary basis.
It is a legal requirement that a death is registered within 5 days unless the death is being investigated by the Coroner. You will find more information about when to register a death and the documents you will require here as well as contact details for your local registrar which you will find here.
Death can be registered by any of the following
This depends on where you live in Essex. If you live in Southend then you must register the death with the Southend Registrar or at the Southend Hospital Bereavement Centre if the death occurred in Southend Hospital. If you live in Thurrock then you must go to the Thurrock Registrar. If you live anywhere else in Essex then you must register the death with the Essex Registrar in Benfleet. The addresses and contact numbers for all of these offices are available in full if you click here.
Hi NathanJust wanted to thank you for all your support leading up to Jill’s funeral. Your patience was so apparent and you helped me enormously. Also thank you to your father Jeremy who once again was so supportive. The whole team were so respectful and it was inspiring to watch the reverence you all displayed throughout the process of the funeral. I don’t live locally but if I did I would want Penrose to take my funeral.Thank you all and I wish you all well.
To Jeremy, Nathan and all the staff at Penrose
Thank you so much for the support, care and guidance you provided to us when we were arranging Joe’s Funeral
Good afternoon Jeremy
Just wanted to say thank you so much to you all for making mums funeral so special in these very difficult times. Thank you to Brendan for taking us through the initial arrangements and for getting mum to your care.
The order of service was perfect as was the service. John did a lovely service it would of been exactly what mum would of wanted thank you for recommending him.
Thank you for guiding us through on the day which is very difficult with all the covid rules. I was worried how it was going to be but you made it all very easy for us as a family so thank you.
Take care stay safe
Thank you so much for the way you dealt with my husband Dennis’ funeral. It was done with great dignity and respect and for your kindness!
To all the staff at Penrose Funeral Services,
Thank you all so much for being so helpful and kind at a very difficult time. Keep up the excellent, friendly service.
Thank you all so very much
You are a lovely bunch, you made what was a terrible time much more bearable. Best Wishes,
Hello. I would like to thank you all for the care, support and compassion you all showed and for the lovely service you gave for my husband Dennis’ funeral on 11th August. He had a grand “send off” with so many to say their goodbyes, and the sun shone too. John Banks gave a lovely service and myself and my family would like to express our thanks for your help on such a sad day in our lives.Regards,
Dear Nathan and teamJust wanted to say a heartfelt thankyou to you and all at Penrose for your dignity, help and support yesterday and beforehand in the arrangement of dad’s funeral. It was a lovely send-off and your professionalism and courtesy on the day was first-rate and warmly appreciated by our family and friends.Best wishes