Mostly, the body of the person who has died is brought into the care of the funeral director, but we can also help you to look after your loved person at home. Our aim is to provide a high level of care, just as the person had before they died if they have been poorly. We tend to the person who has died, wash, use moisturiser on the hands and face and make them comfortable and secure. We may dress them or wrap them in a soft unbleached cotton shroud, and prepare them to be seen by family and friends. We never forget that the person is not ours, but yours, and you may wish to care for them in death as you did in life. We invite you to be present and assist with any of these final acts of care, and, if you wish, to take the person to lie in honour at home the night before or for some time before the funeral.
We tend not to embalm unless it is really necessary or requested. We find that with careful attention we can avoid this and still enable family and friends to visit and see the person if they want to. The natural burial sites won’t accept embalmed bodies.
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We will also advise you about holding a “home funeral” when you care for the body at home. Please call us on 01803 840779 to make an appointment or for a chat without obligation.