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Arranging a Funeral

For over 200 years Lodge Brothers has been undertaking funeral arrangements for the communities in which we are based. During this time we have built up an enviable reputation for quality based on a compassionate and highly professional approach to handling the arrangements our clients require. For simple, traditional and sometimes elaborate funerals, Lodge Brothers prides itself on the services it is able to offer.

We are committed to a programme of re-investment to ensure we provide our clients with the appropriate facilities in which to discuss arrangements and also to spend time with their loved ones. We have our own in-house Memorial Masonry Department and Pre-Paid Funeral Scheme, and we have chosen local suppliers for floristry and printing that can provide services to our clients that match our own high standards. We believe that it is only right to offer our clients the opportunity of arranging all services through ourselves rather than having to visit numerous businesses at different locations.

During the last 200 years funeral vehicles have changed from horse-drawn hearses and hand pulled biers to modern motorised hearses and limousines. Our ‘E’ Class Mercedes-Benz funeral fleet was coach-built by Coleman Milne to our specification to meet the needs of our clients. Like our funeral fleet, our Ambulances are maintained and presented to the highest standards and all our staff are fully trained to provide the highest levels of care to both you and your loved one.


A funeral is the last chance to say goodbye to a loved one and will be a very emotional time. It is of paramount importance that the arrangements are carefully considered as they can only be carried out once.

Most funerals are either Burials or Cremations. Burial at sea is a rare alternative. The majority of arrangements are made around what is termed a ‘traditional’ funeral. This is where the funeral procession, normally a hearse which carries the coffin and a limousine which transports the relatives, arrives at the home of the deceased. The relatives are collected and the procession moves on to a local church for the main part of the funeral service and then on to a cemetery or crematorium for the committal service. After the committal the relatives are returned to the deceased’s home or another local address where refreshments are served to the mourners. Alternatively the whole funeral service can take place in the crematorium chapel or cemetery chapel, if available, followed by the committal at the grave.

Because we care about the environment, our coffins and caskets are made with timber products from sustainable forests where it is the policy to plant new trees to replace those which have been felled.

A simplified version of the above arrangements, where the hearse travels directly to the crematorium or cemetery and meets the relatives there, is also available. Naturally the relatives provide their own transport to and from the crematorium or cemetery. As most people have cars this is no longer the problem that it once was.

Unfortunately there are too many variations on the ‘traditional’ or ‘simple’ funeral to list here. Our staff will be pleased to discuss your requirements and offer advice accordingly. Within reason and the existing law of the land, most requests can be catered for and arrangements made. There is no set pattern which has to be followed. The arrangements can be tailored to suit the family arranging the funeral. You can now view our range of coffins and caskets from this website. Individual costings can be discussed by contacting one of our offices.

Religion plays a major part in the way many funeral services are conducted. We can make arrangements for any religious belief. The majority of people in the UK are Christians but we also carry out arrangements for non-Christian religions including Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Non-religious services can be provided for those who have no religious beliefs and these can take place anywhere.

There is no legal requirement to use the services of a Funeral Director. We are here to help by offering advice and experienced staff. Should you wish to take care of the arrangements yourself and use us just for the supply of a coffin, for example, then we will be happy to oblige.