Updated: April 2017
Words you may need to know
Funeral - a service held to mark the burial of a dead person
Burial - to put in the ground and cover with earth
Cremation – when a dead body is disposed of by being burnt to ashes by fire as opposed to being buried.
The deceased - the person who has died
Estimate - a likely price
Secular - not religious
Next of kin - a person closely related to the dead person e.g. wife, mother, brother etc
Pre-paid – when you pay for something in advance of you getting it
Bereavement services – emotional support or help available to someone who has just lost or is about to lose someone they know
Person-centred – when attention is given to the person rather than other people
On behalf of – when you do something for somebody; you represent somebody
Celebrant – someone who runs or leads a service
The Jersey Consumer Council have produced a very helpful booklet which gives practical advice and information about all the things you need to consider from the time someone dies to the funeral service and what to do on behalf of the deceased after this.
Information is included about:
- Registering a death
- What happens when someone dies abroad
- Funeral directors (Funeral Homes) and what they do and how they can help
- Arranging a funeral - things to think about including choosing between a burial or cremation.
- the likely cost of a funeral, including grants available and the need to consider carefully the cost of things you might want to include in the service as some things will cost extra
- Pre-paid funeral plans
- What to do after someone dies
- Bereavement services
The Consumer Council has also produced an article: ‘Funerals Price Watch’
Most importantly we are reminded of how important it is to discuss death and what you might wish to happen at your funeral while you are alive. It is a subject that most of us do not want to talk about but if people know the deceased person’s wishes in advance it is much easier to arrange their funeral in the way the deceased person wanted.
Making your own arrangements /Pre - paid funerals
It is possible to make arrangements for your own funeral and pay in advance. Local funeral directors now offer pre-paid funeral services along with pre-paid funeral schemes based in the UK. Payment can be made by one full payment or by instalments. For more information, please visit the company websites.
Civil/ Humanist /Non - religious/ Secular funerals - ‘Celebrant services’
Celebrant services are non-religious and can include personal tributes, poems, prose and music.
In Jersey there are people who can offer celebrant services and you should discuss with the celebrant what you would like to include in the service.
It is not impossible to arrange an Eco Funeral in Jersey, however cardboard coffins are not permitted at the Crematorium and there could be some difficulties about burial as some graveyards will not permit them. There is also a Woodland Natural Burial area available in St Clement’s Parish Cemetery.
For more information, you can discuss these choices with your funeral director.
Note: Most people use a Funeral Director to manage the whole process of burial or cremation but you can do it yourself. However, it is a very difficult thing to do as there are a lot of procedures to follow. However, this is website address will give you some information to help you make your mind up.
For further help and information:
Citizens Advice Jersey - See ‘Death and Bereavement’ advice pages
The Annexe, St Paul’s Community Centre, New Street, St Helier, JE2 3WP
Jersey Hospice Care
Community Bereavement Service, Clarkson House, Mont Cochon, St. Helier JE2 3JB
The Jersey Hospice Emotional Support Service provides free, confidential and person-centred support and is there to help explore and manage feelings around the impact of knowing that someone is going to die.
Jersey Consumer Council
9-13 Central Market, St Helier Jersey JE2 4WL
Contact details for local funeral directors:
34 Great Union Road, St. Helier JE2 3YA
Pitcher and Le Quesne Ltd.
59 Kensington Place, St Helier Jersey JE2 3PA
De Gruchy’s Funeral Services
Bagatelle Road, St Saviour Jersey JE2 7TY