Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

County Funerals is a family owned and run service provider offering simple direct to crematorium services in addition to modern and traditional funerals. We provide a simple, affordable and dignified funeral service, that you can arrange in person,online or over the phone. Whilst still maintaining the high standards you would expect from a local funeral directors we promise a simple process with transparent prices, and exceptional care.

From our base in Little Wymondley, Hertsfordshire, County Funerals service all towns and cities in Herts, Beds and Bucks and the surrounding areas. However, should you live further away, we can offer our specialised services across the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. Call a member of our care team or click here for a FREE quotation.

We offer a more cost effective direct to crematorium option, which is not widely available from most Funeral Directors. Both our modern and traditional funeral options can also be tailored to individual requirements and can be worked to keep the costs as low as possible. Our streamlined service means that a lot of the unnecessary extras are removed, leaving just the essential elements; we will only provide you with the services you need and the services you choose.

Cremations FAQ

A direct cremation is the simplest funeral option. Your loved one will be brought into our care and placed into a simple wooden coffin, they will then rest in our private mortuary until committal takes place at a local Crematorium; the time and date is agreed between County Funerals and the crematorium.

The direct cremation approach separates the cremation from the funeral ceremony. This way, a memorial, thanksgiving service or celebration of life can be held whenever, wherever and however you choose allowing you to create a truly personal send-off.

No it doesn’t. Our “no-frills” approach allows you to grieve without the escalating worry of additional costs. Many of our families will hold a memorial or celebration of life service at a later date. By choosing a County Funerals direct cremation you are able to arrange a much more personalised memorial for your loved one, without the cost and pressures of a traditional funeral.

A County Funerals Direct Cremation is £995.00 covers all of the essentials required for an unattended direct cremation, including handling all the paperwork associated with a direct cremation.
(Our direct cremation fee includes the doctor’s fees worth £82.00, usually payable in England and Wales)

Our Simple funerals start at £2,300.00 – please get in touch for a full quote

County Funerals Traditional Funerals are price on application only. Please see our services options for an itemised price list to give you an idea or contact us for a full estimate.

Our “no-frills” direct cremation service covers all of the essentials required for an unattended direct cremation, including handling all the paperwork associated with a direct cremation. However we can offer any additional services for a fee. Common examples include:

  • Flowers
  • Attendance to the Crematorium
  • Upgraded coffin
  • Returning of ashes

If you have any special requests, call us on 01438 510355 or submit your enquiry here.

Absolutely not! Neither of these practices are allowed. Your loved one will be treated with the utmost of dignity and respect. They will be placed in their own sealed and approved coffin with a name plate, before being transported to the Crematorium for a private individual cremation.

On the day of the funeral County Funerals will be here to guide you through every step of the process; we aim to make you as informed and comfortable as possible at a very tough time.

The service

  • If you choose to have an attended service, then mourners will meet at the crematorium – usually there is a waiting room close to the chapel. You can choose to have the coffin placed in the chapel prior to family and friends entering or alternatively you may wish for mourners to wait until the hearse arrives and have the mourners follow the coffin into the chapel; the choice is entirely yours.
  • When the hearse arrives at the crematorium the chapel attendant will confirm the identity of your loved one by checking the nameplate with the information the crematorium holds for that service.
  • The content of the service is entirely the choice of the family and will be decided with the funeral director and officiant in advance. You may choose to have a religious or non-religious service and we can help you find a suitable celebrant or religious officiant if you wish. You can choose music, hymns, poems as appropriate to your loved one.
  • As the service draws to a close the officiant will lead you in your final goodbyes. The curtains can remain open or be closed as you wish
  • At the end of the end service all mourners will leave the chapel and then have the opportunity to view the floral tributes (if there are any) and have the chance to speak with other mourners. Some families ask for donations to a chosen charity in memory of the deceased – there will be a box for anonymous donations if this is the case.

After family and friends have left the chapel the coffin will be collected by the crematorium attendant; the name plate will be checked once more. The coffin is transferred to the cremator and the cremation process will take approximately 90 minutes. When the cremation is complete the remains are removed from the cremator and sorted via a machine which reduces any remaining fragments to ash. The remains are then placed into a container which is labelled and stored safely.

The remains of your loved one can be held at the crematorium, collected on your behalf by the funeral director or collected by yourself. You may choose to organise scattering or interment; some families opt to purchase a decorative casket or urn for keeping their loved ones close at home or in the garden. The choice is yours and will be discussed with you when you are arranging the funeral.

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