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Grassby Funeral Service, 8 Princes Street, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1TW

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Traditional Burial Services

A Traditional Burial is a funeral with either a religious service held in a church or a non-religious service held at a local venue, preceded or followed by a burial in a churchyard, cemetery or natural burial ground.  
 

  • Mandatory Fees and Services

    Our professional fees for arranging, planning and conducting the Funeral

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    Our professional fees for arranging, planning and conducting the Funeral

    From £940

    Professional fees include:

    • Receiving initial instructions and giving advice on Registration of death
    • Discussing all options available including the choice of Cremation or Burial
    • Explaining HM Coroner Procedure where applicable
    • Advice on all procedures and paperwork
    • Completing all paperwork relevant to Cremation or Burial
    • Arranging a date and time for the funeral
    • Liaising with minister or celebrant on your behalf before your meeting with him/her
    • Discussing options for music and hymns and facilitating at the funeral venue
    • Advising on printed Order of Service an facilitating the productions
    • Helping with notices for local/national newspapers
    • Advice on choice of coffin
    • Advice on flowers and receiving into our care on the funeral day.  Options for delivery elsewhere after the funeral
    • Advice on donations for charities and explaining the options for receiving into our care
    • Advice on bereavement care
    • Advice on catering and venues after the service
    • Making all detailed arrangements and conducting throughout on the day

    From £940

    Mandatory

    Collection of the deceased during normal working hours, transfer to our premises, and the use of our mortuary facilities and chapel of rest

    Additional Guidance

    Additional Guidance Relating to Collection of the deceased during normal working hours, transfer to our premises, and the use of our mortuary facilities and chapel of rest

    If the deceased is collected out of normal working hours (9:00am - 5:00pm), at the weekend or bank holidays, or is in excess of 20 miles, there will be an additional charge.

    £265

    Mandatory

    Provision of a Hearse from our premises to the place of the Funeral (inclusive of 20 miles), and all necessary funeral service care and support team

    Additional Guidance

    Additional Guidance Relating to Provision of a Hearse from our premises to the place of the Funeral (inclusive of 20 miles), and all necessary funeral service care and support team

    If more than four support team members are required there will be additional charges.

    £620

    Mandatory
  • Third Party Burial Costs

    Dorchester Town Council Cemeteries

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Dorchester Town Council Cemeteries

    This is the current fee for the purchase of a new grave at Poundbury Cemetery including the cost of digging and preparing the grave. Poundbury Cemetery is the only cemetery in Dorchester where you can purchase new graves. Any burials in other Dorchester cemeteries must be in existing family graves. This does not include fees for the attendance of a religious minister or celebrant.

    £1,600

    Local Churchyard Including Gravedigging

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Local Churchyard Including Gravedigging

    This is the current fee for a burial taking place in a churchyard immediately preceding or following on from a service in a church. The fee is different if burial takes place on a separate occasion or the funeral service takes place at the graveside. Only existing family graves can be used in all Dorchester churchyards. Village churchyards are generally for parish residents only (subject to availability).

    £808

    Minister of Religion/Non-Religious Celebrant

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Minister of Religion/Non-Religious Celebrant

    This cost is in line with the current Church of England fee and an average for a local celebrant.

    £200

    Church Fees

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Church Fees

    If a service at a church is required, either before or after burial takes place, there will be a combination of church, verger and organist fees. These costs vary with each church.

    POA

    Natural Burial Ground

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Natural Burial Ground

    This is the current fee for a Woodland Grave (Ash Grove) at Higher Ground Meadow, Corscombe, including the planting of a tree, grave preparation and a contribution to the Higher Ground Meadow Trust. Fees for other grave locations at Higher Ground Meadow range from £1,120 to £1,900.

    From £1,325

  • Coffins

    Wood Veneered Coffin

    From £525

    Traditional Solid Wood Coffin

    From £1,325

    Cardboard Coffin

    From £495

    English Willow Coffin

    From £1,095

    Natural Woven Coffin

    From £750

  • Miscellaneous Burial Services

    Limousine

    Additional Guidance

    Additional Guidance Relating to Limousine

    A limousine can take up to 7 family members or friends to the service, either following the hearse or separately. We have additional limousines if required

    £255

    Hygienic Treatment

    Additional Guidance

    Additional Guidance Relating to Hygienic Treatment

    If any family members or friends are visiting the deceased in our chapel of rest it can sometimes be appropriate to carry out some hygienic treatment in order to ensure that your loved one can be presented to the highest standard. The Funeral Director will advise you further on this matter.

    £150

    Recording Names and Supplying a Typed List

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Recording Names and Supplying a Typed List

    We can supply two or three members of staff to take the names of all those who attend the service. These names are then typed up and a printed list of the names is sent to you

    £70

    Floral Tributes

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Floral Tributes

    We can advise on the options available for floral tributes, and either liaise with a local florist on your behalf or give you their contact details so you can speak to them directly.

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    Newspaper Notices

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Newspaper Notices

    A notice advising of the details for the funeral can be placed in a local newspaper and/or in a national newspaper. The cost depends on the length of the notice but notices in national newspapers are significantly higher than those in local newspapers

    POA

    Alternative Hearses (Horse Drawn or Motorcycle)

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    Additional Guidance Relating to Alternative Hearses (Horse Drawn or Motorcycle)

    If you would prefer an alternative to a traditional motor hearse, a horse drawn funeral carriage or a motorcycle hearse can be used to transport the deceased to the service

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