Gallagher Funeral Services

A Family Owned Business

Chapels in Leeds and Harrogate

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if the death has occurred?

Look for movement to the chest. Can you feel a pulse? Does a mirror mist over if held to the mouth? Does the person respond to a pain stimulus?

If you are unsure then immediately ring for an ambulance.

Does our loved one’s body need to be moved by a funeral director?

No – your loved one may be kept at home, with the technical help of the funeral director, for several days.

If we collect your loved one’s body?

We will collect your loved one’s body as soon as possible. If they died in hospital, we need the correct paperwork and a release form first. If they died in a nursing home, or at home, we need the doctor’s permission to remove them to our premises.

Where will our loved one be kept?

They will be kept at our premises.

What happens to our loved one’s jewellery?

We will ask you what you would like to happen. We can return it to you, or you can ask for it to stay with your loved one. We will never remove it unless you ask us to.

What do I do next?

You will need to collect the medical death certificate which you will then need to take to the registrar. You will also need to make initial contact with a funeral director.

Where do I collect the medical death certificate?

If the death has occurred at home, the GP will issue the medical death certificate. They will either give this to you directly or you may need to collect it from the surgery. If the death occurred in a hospital you will be given the certificate by the bereavement office.

Where do I register the death?

The death will need to be registered in the area where the death occurred, even if the death occurred a distance from home. The hospital and/or the funeral director will be able to advise you on this.

How many copies of the death certificate will I need?

The Registrar will issue you with one copy. You will need another 4-5 copies to be able to send to the bank, solicitors etc. They cost approx. £3.50 each.

When do I have to register by?

Deaths in England and Wales or Northern Ireland should be registered within 5 days - if this is not going to be possible, you should inform the Registrar. In Scotland, deaths must be registered within 8 days.

How much will the funeral cost?

There are several factors that determine the funeral cost i.e. style of funeral, choice of coffin, number of limousines required, etc. We will provide you with an itemised estimate of funeral costs.

How do I pay?

We may request a deposit to cover the disbursements (i.e. clergy, cemetery, crematorium fees). An invoice is sent out after the funeral for the balance to be settled.

What help can I get to pay?

If you are having trouble paying for a funeral that you have to arrange, you may be able to get a Social Fund Funeral Payment to help you with the cost, however it is not a set figure as each case is looked at individually.

How soon can we have the funeral?

The Funeral Director looking after the arrangements for you, will aim to let you know the funeral details as soon as possible. Once a date and time has been secured at the cemetery or crematorium and we have confirmed that this time is convenient with the minister, we will telephone you to let you know. We will follow this up with a letter of confirmation.

What happens on the day of the funeral?

Every funeral is different, so before the day we will explain what will happen and you’ll know what to expect. On the day itself, we will guide you through every element of the funeral.

How long is the service?

A cremation service is usually around 30 minutes long, although you can ask for additional time. A church service is usually around 45 minutes long, although this can vary too. A church service will be followed by a simple 15 minute committal at the crematorium or a burial. Your funeral director will make all the arrangements and co-ordinate the various elements of the funeral.

Do we need a Minister?

No. You don’t need anyone to lead the service, though most people choose a religious leader, or a trained humanist or civil celebrant. If the service is held in a place of worship you will need a minister or their permission.

Who will arrange an Order of Service if it is required?

We can arrange to have an order of service professionally printed for you. Once you have decided where the funeral service will take place and the hymns, music and readings you require, we will arrange for a preview of the Order of Service to be brought for you to check, before they go to final print.

Who puts the notice in the newspaper?

The Funeral Director can arrange to put a death notice in the local paper for you, or if you prefer, this is something that can be arranged by the family.

Do we need to bring music?

There are very many different choices regarding music. These days anything is played from classical to rock and pop. You will be able to choose two to three pieces of music - for example a favourite hymn or piece of music that the deceased liked.

Can we bring in clothing for our loved one to be dressed in?

Yes you can, alternatively we can dress the deceased in one of our gowns.

Am I able to put personal items into the coffin?

Yes, you can put personal items in the coffin, however we cannot allow any metal and glass items.

Can members of the family and funeral bear the coffin?

Most definitely - to help, we would give a quick briefing to ensure that all are prepared and we will be on hand to help at all times with carrying the coffin.

Can I arrange my own flowers?

You can arrange your flowers with your own florist who will then deliver them to our funeral home. Alternatively, our own very experienced florist will be able to assist and will guide you with your requirements.

How many people can go in the limousine?

Each limousine can accommodate seven people. Six people in the back, and one person in the front with the driver.

When will we be able to view our loved one?

If you have decided that you would like to come to the chapel to pay your last respects, we will arrange with you a convenient date and time for this to take place.

Which is the best coffin for my loved one?

This is a personal choice. There is a vast selection, from traditional coffins to eco-friendly coffins and picture coffins. The coffin reflects the person who has died, and only those nearest to them can know which is best.

Do you reuse coffins?

We never reuse a coffin. Once the deceased has been placed in the coffin and the lid fastened, everything is then cremated or buried except floral tributes, which may be removed.

Is there any other method of transportation apart from the hearse to carry the coffin?

We can organise horse drawn carriages, motorcycle hearses or tractor trailers. We can accommodate most requests for funeral transportation as long as they are safe.

How soon can we have the cremated remains?

The cremated remains will be returned to the Funeral Director's premises within a day or two of the cremation taking place. The cremated remains can be held at the Chapel of Rest for a period of time, or they can be returned straight to you.

Do we get all of our loved one’s ashes? Are they mixed with other people’s?

Each cremation is carried out individually as there is only room in the cremator for one coffin at a time. The identification of the deceased is checked by the crematorium staff before the coffin is placed in the cremator.

What can I do with the cremated remains?

The cremated remains can be placed in the garden of remembrance at the crematorium, or they can be taken home and scattered in a special place. Alternatively, you may decide to bury them in a cremated remains plot, or in a family grave. There are many new ideas for Cremated remains. These include turning ashes into diamonds, using a small amount in a pendant or ring, or incorporating the ashes into a firework