How to close a loved ones bank account

How to close a loved ones bank account

Knowing the laws about closing your loved ones bank account are complex and time consuming. Find out more about the process and how to avoid delays and pitfalls....

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Coping with loss during the COVID-19 pandemic

Playing and performing music that holds a special connection with your loved one can be a moving way to pay tribute to their life. From recordings and musicians to choirs and lyrics, there are several things you can discuss with our funeral directors to give your loved one a perfect…...

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Choosing the right music for a funeral

Playing and performing music that holds a special connection with your loved one can be a moving way to pay tribute to their life. From recordings and musicians to choirs and lyrics, there are several things you can discuss with our funeral directors to give your loved one a perfect…...

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What to do when someone dies abroad

If a loved one dies unexpectedly abroad or outside of the UK this makes having a funeral more complicated than normal. This handy advice piece guides you through the process and helps with who you have to contact, and when....

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Alternatives to funeral gatherings

What options do you have around non-traditional funeral gatherings and wakes in the light of the Coronavirus outbreak and social distancing to limit the spread of the virus? This article explores live broadcasting and other options....

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Choosing funeral procession transport

Limousine hearses are included in our pricing packages as part of your Co-op funeral director’s fleet, but there are many other options you can explore when it comes to procession vehicles for family and friends....

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Choosing a coffin

Choosing the right coffin or casket for your funeral plan, or for the funeral for a member of your family or a close friend can be incredibly daunting, but our handy guide to choosing coffins will help you decide....

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What to do when dealing with more than one death

We understand that handling more than one death and funeral can feel emotionally, physically and financially overwhelming. We can suggest several ways to ease the burden of paperwork, unite services and combine tributes for loved ones. Registering multiple deaths You may immediately feel pressure to act given the law requires…...

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Organising a cremation

How do you go about organising a cremation service? A cremation offers a variety of ways to commemorate the life of your loved one and reflect on the memories you shared with them. But as cremations are often separate from funeral services, there’s important information to consider when organising one....

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How to scatter the ashes of loved ones

How to scatter ashes Cremations are becoming increasingly popular across the UK and the ceremony often continues beyond the service, such as through the spreading or scattering of their loved one’s ashes. Many people who choose to do this have never done so before, so it is natural for them…...

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What to wear to a funeral

Clothes advice for Funerals Funerals aren’t necessarily the ideal opportunity to sport the latest fashion craze, and a simple dark suit or dress is the go-to for most services. However, there may be more important things to consider than colour. For instance, culture, religion and even weather may have to…...

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Braintree Funeral Directors

Our Clare Road Braintree funeral director branch has light and relaxing surroundings, and is a former modern church. This branch offers not only a chapel of rest where you can visit your loved one in private but also an adjoining chapel where we can arrange a special remembrance service, whatever…...

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Braintree Funeral Directors

Our town centre branch in Braintree is located in the town's main shopping precinct, George Yard, right in the town centre, - we are always welcoming people who come in to discuss funeral planning and help you to discuss funeral arrangements face to face, even without appointments....

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Coordinating a funeral procession

Coordinating a funeral procession   Funeral processions can be one of the most daunting parts of the ceremony. As well as officially starting the day’s proceedings, they can prove tricky to coordinate.   How does every vehicle stick together? What if passers-by get in the way? And do they have…...

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Choosing a headstone

Choosing a headstone   Choosing a headstone or monument is often the last port of call in funeral organisation. But once the ceremony’s over, these stand as lifetime legacies to loved ones – and certainly aren’t easy to re-do. So, from perfecting your words to picking a permitted material, there’s…...

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The role of the coroner

For a doctor to legally certify a death they must have seen their patient alive within 14 days prior to their death; if this isn’t the case, the death must be reported to the Coroner – even if the death was natural and non-suspicious. Find out more about the role…...

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Co-op Funeral Directors Funeral Plans Brochure

Hover over the bottom of the document below and use the arrows to scroll through the text. Alternatively, you can download the Co-op Funeral Plans brochure here....

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Choosing a local crematorium

Co-op Funeral Directors operate at a number of villages, towns and cities across Essex.  In this handy guide we provide information about the key Crematoriums available in the area....

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Planning a funeral

Planning a funeral service When it comes to planning a funeral service, it can often be hard to know what needs to go into the schedule of service and in what order. Where should you have readings or poems, when can family and friends play tribute, should you play music…...

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Bereavement Support For Under 50s

Bereavement is not suffered exclusively by the elderly or retired. We already run 4 support groups across Essex for those going through bereavement and needing additional support; in Ingatestone, Chelmsford, Braintree and Writtle. The free service, available to anyone who needs it – not just our clients – has won the team multiple awards over the…...

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