Tuesday, 23rd of October 2018

Tuesday, 23rd of October 2018

  • We Are Open Over The Bank Holidays, Please Call For Immediate Attention, Funerals Starting From £2200 Distance Is No Object, We Cover The UK, Including Wales, Scotland, And Ireland.

Need Help Arranging a Funeral Call: (24 hrs) 0161 428 8211

Arranging a Funeral

Customer Testimonials

Our Funeral Services

  • Horse Drawn Hearses
  • Funeral Floral Tributes
  • Repatriations
  • Memorials
  • Public Notices
  • Specilaist Musicians i.e. Bagpipes / Buglars
  • Doves
  • Helium Balloons

Your input is important to us. Please provide your valuable feedback. Here are some testimonials from our clients:

I would like to thank Malcolm and his wonderful staff (especially Billy) for their kindness and understanding in arranging my husband's funeral. Just before my husband died, I had made him promises about what would happen after he died and at his funeral. Promises I wasn't really sure I could keep. But Malcolm made it happen exactly as I had promised and I cannot thank him enough for that. Malcolm deals with everything personally to ensure all goes well on the day. The cost of the funeral was very reasonable and there was never any pressure to spend more than was necessary. Malcolm and his staff are very professional but also very warm and comforting during a sad and upsetting time. I would recommend Whittaker-Wood very highly indeed.
Date of Posting: 12 April 2018
Posted By: Mrs L. Smith
Cheadle Hulme
Thank you Malcolm for being so kind and efficient and for going above and beyond by dealing for me with the obstacles posed by the Coroner's Office. Without you, what was already a dreadful time would have been far worse.
Date of Posting: 12 December 2017
Posted By: Clare Forrest
It was such a stressful time and I didn't know how to go about arranging the funeral but Malcolm was there every step of the way. He ensured we had the service we wanted, listened to us and was there at the end of the phone if we had any queries. The day of the funeral went very smoothly and Malcolm's professionalism shone through. I can't put into words how grateful we are as a family for the care and compassion shown to us.
Date of Posting: 24 November 2017
Posted By: Lynn Haworth
We cannot thank Malcolm enough he gave us the funeral we asked for.We asked for a no fuss funeral just a loving quiet service.Everything about the day, went as well as these things can.Malcolm was always on hand when needed and gave useful advice.
Date of Posting: 24 November 2017
Posted By: Jackie Leather
I can not thank Malcolm enough for everything he did for me and my family. My father passed away very suddenly and at a young age, my brother and I did not have any knowledge on how to plan a funeral and what our next steps were. Totally lost and broken!

When we walked into Malcolm's office unannounced, he immediately put us at ease and helped us with everything. He is such a caring, friendly, helpful and professional person. He made the whole process run smoothly and nothing was too much trouble. He guided us step by step and was always there for a good chat too.
He always made us feel welcome and listened to everything we requested. He really went above and beyond in his role and I am so pleased we found him to help give our father the send off he deserved.

Very highly recommended. Thank you x
Date of Posting: 29 June 2017
Posted By: Lindsay
The Death of a Loved one is a Shock. Please think about using Malcolm at Whittaker-Wood Funeral Directors. He will take a lot of the Stress out of an already Stressful Situation.
My 51 year old Brother Died Suddenly & Unexpectedly. This was a Massive Shock for our Family & the last thing you want to do is hunt around for the right Funeral Director. We did ring up a well known and Previously well Respected Funeral Directors, hoping to use them but after Several Attempts with "No Reply" and no answering service we were left worried that they were uninterested in our Business & it Begs a question as to their Professionalism.Certainly if they cant be bothered to answer or at least have an answering service promising a ring back they do not Deserve the Business.
You do Not have this Problem if you choose Malcolm at Whittaker-Wood. He not only Answers your First Call, he answers any others you make no matter if it's Out of Hours or a Bank Holiday. He is Efficient, Respectful & Professional & also very good Value for Money.
From your First Meeting with him he puts you at ease, explains the Process & Recommends a Minister for the Service too....very useful if your Deceased Family Member was not Particularly Religious or a Church-goer. The one he Recommended (Rev Margaret Tait) performed an Excellent Service.
He also Recommends a Suitable Coffin which is appealing to look at an Reasonably Priced. If your Relative is being Cremated I see little Point in Purchasing a Solid Mahogany one.
On the day of the Funeral Malcolm Arrived at my home Beautifully Attired with 2 Gleaming Limousines & Transported the Family Behind the Hearse in an Efficient Timely Manner. The Drivers are Experienced and Careful & we Arrived at the Chapel Neither too Early or too Late & after the Service were taken to the Function Room where the wake was being held.
It was a Seamless Operation from Start to Finish.
Many Thanks Malcolm. I'd Definitely use you Again when the need Arises.
Date of Posting: 01 May 2017
Posted By: Belinda Craig
I would like to thank Malcolm for his kindness making a very distressing and emotional journey so stress free and special. Although very professional, I felt more that I was getting help from a friend. Thank you again Malcolm. I would recommend Whittaker and Wood for price and professionalism.
Date of Posting: 08 April 2017
Posted By: Anonymous
Gatley, Cheshire,Stockport.
Fantastic and Great Independent Funeral Directors just what we wanted, Malcolm went out of his way, nothing was to much trouble, would defiantly recommend Whittaker-Wood to anybody who is wanting that personal touch, at a very reasonable price.
Date of Posting: 20 March 2017
Posted By: Billy Damerhill
From the very first phone call to Whittaker and Wood right through to the service, the compassion, understanding and customer service we received was exemplary. I would not hesitate in recommending. A very difficult time was made that little bit easier due to the fantastic service and kindness we received. Thankyou
Date of Posting: 17 March 2017
Posted By: Lyndsey Botham
Many thanks Malcolm for being so thoughtful and kind to us after our loved ones death.
The service we had from you was exemplary, nothing was too much trouble. The service went very well and many people remarked how they found it very touching and sincere.
Thank you again
Date of Posting: 04 September 2016
Posted By: Janet, Kathryn and Pamela
Heald Green

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How to Arrange a Funeral

Steps for Arranging a Funeral

How is a death registered?

How is a death registered?

The death must be registered by the Registrar of Births and Deaths for the area in which it occurred.

We will advise you on where and when to go.

If the death has been referred to the Coroner, it cannot be registered until the Registrar has received authority from the Coroner to do so.

The death must be registered within five days (unless the Registrar says this period may be extended).

When you go to the Registrar you should take all the following:

  • The Medical Certificate of cause of death
  • The deceased Medical Card, if possible
  • The deceased Birth Certificate, if available

You should tell the Registrar:

  • The date and place of death
  • The deceased’s last (usual) address
  • The deceased’s first names and surname (and maiden name where appropriate)
  • The deceased’s date and place of birth (town and county, and country if born abroad)
  • The deceased’s occupation and the name and occupation of her husband (where applicable)
  • Whether the deceased was getting a pension or allowance from public funds
  • If the deceased was married, the date of birth of the surviving widow or widower.

The Registrar will give you:

  • A Certificate for Burial or Cremation (known as the Green Form) unless the Coroner has given you an Order for Burial (Form 101) or a Certificate for Cremation (Form E). This gives permission for the body to be buried or for an application for cremation to be made. We will require this form as soon as possible.
  • A Certificate of Registration of Death (Form BD8 {rev}). This is for Social Security
    purposes only. Read the information on the back of the certificate. If any of it applies, fill in the certificate and send it to your Social Security office.

The Death Certificate

The Death Certificate

The Death Certificate is a certified copy of the entry in the death register. The Registrar can let you have a Death Certificate if you want one, but you will have to pay a fee.

You will need a Death Certificate for the Will, and for any pension claims, bank accounts, building society accounts, shares, insurance policies, savings bank certificates and premium bonds.

Stillborn Babies

Stillborn Babies

If a baby is stillborn (born dead after the 24th week of pregnancy) you will be given a Medical Certificate of Stillbirth signed by the midwife or doctor, which you should give to the Registrar.

If no doctor or midwife has examined the body, you must sign Form 35 which the Registrar will give you.

Sudden Death and the Coroner

Sudden Death and the Coroner

  • The Coroner is a doctor or a lawyer responsible for investigating deaths in the following situations.
  • The deceased was not attended by a doctor during the last illness or if the doctor who treated the deceased had not seen the deceased either after death or within 14 days before death.
  • The death was violent or unnatural or occurred while the patient was undergoing an operation or was under effect of anaesthetic.
  • The death occurred in prison or in police custody.

The Coroner may arrange for a post-mortem examination of the body. The consent of the relative is not needed for this, but they can choose a doctor to be present. It may be important to know the precise cause of death.

If you want advice or information about a death reported to the Coroner, contact the Coroner’s Officer. We will advise you where he can be contacted.



An inquest is an enquiry into the medical cause and circumstances of a death. It is held in public, sometimes with a jury. It is up to the Coroner how to organise the enquiry in a way to best serve the public interest and the interest of the relatives.

The Coroner will hold an inquest if the death was any of the following: violent or unnatural or caused by an industrial disease or the death occurred in prison or if the cause of death remains uncertain after a post-mortem examination.

It may be important to have a lawyer to represent you if the death was caused by a road accident, or an accident at work, or in circumstances which could lead to a claim for compensation.

Other things may have to be done such as those listed below. It is not a complete list covering everyone’s individual circumstances.

Things to send back

Things to send back

You should return the following, with a note of explanation and the date of death with each of the documents:

  • Order books, payable orders, or giro cheques to the Social Security office or other DSS office which issued the payment. This applies also to a Child Benefit book which includes payment for a child who has died. Orders should not be cashed after the death of a person. It may be useful to keep a record of pension book numbers or other Social Security numbers before you send anything back.
  • The deceased’s passport to the Passport Office. The Passport Office for this area is at India Buildings, Pier Head, Liverpool.
  • The deceased’s driving licence to DVLC, Swansea, SA6 7GL.
  • The registration documents of a car, for the change of ownership to be recorded.
  • Any season tickets. Claim any refund due.
  • Membership cards of clubs and associations. Claim any refund due.
  • Library books and tickets.
  • Any National Insurance papers to the relevant office.
  • Any NHS equipment such as wheelchairs, hearing aids, artificial limbs.

People to tell

People to tell

  • The local Social Services department of the council if the person was getting meals-on-wheels, home help, or day-centre care or had any appliance or piece of equipment issued by the department.
  • Any hospital the person was attending
  • The family doctor to cancel any home nursing
  • The Inland Revenue
  • The Social Security office if any money was being paid directly into a bank or building society account.
  • Any employer and trade union
  • Car insurance company (if you are insured to drive the car under the deceased’s name, you will cease to be legally insured)
  • Gas, Electricity and Telephone companies
  • The local council housing department if the person who has died was living in a council house
  • The Post Office so that they can re-direct the deceased person’s mail

Help with the cost of the funeral

Help with the cost of the funeral

The following information should be treated as general guidance. We are not able to guarantee the availability of a loan, but we do understand how the Department of Social Services makes a final decision.

Who is entitled to help?

You may receive help if there is not enough money to pay for the funeral and you are responsible for making the funeral arrangements and you and your partner are receiving any of the following benefits:-

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Working Families Tax Credit – must include the severe disability element or disability element
  • Child Tax Credit – must be at a higher level than family element
  • Pension Credit

Check what amount of money is available from:-

  • The estate of the person who has died, such as money from the bank and building society accounts.
  • Insurance policies or charities, lump sum payments made by a pension scheme or relatives, (either yours or the person who has died.)
  • Any savings you have in the bank or building society, National Savings (including certificates or premium bonds) or in cash at home.

Savings may be in your name or the name of your partner. The widow payment does not count as savings.

The social fund may make a contribution towards the cost of a simple funeral within the United Kingdom.

This includes:

  • Bringing the body home if the person has died away from home but within the United Kingdom.
  • The Death Certificate.
  • A standard coffin.
  • The Hearse for the coffin and bearers.
  • Flowers from the person who is arranging the funeral.
  • Contribution towards fees of the Funeral Director.
  • Chaplain and organist fee for a simple funeral.
  • Cemetery Fee or Crematorium Fee.
  • Doctors’ Fees.

If you think you may be able to claim, then we will help you with the completion of the appropriate forms and deal with the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

Customer Testimonials

Our Funeral Services

  • Funeral Arranging
  • Horse Drawn Hearses
  • Funeral Floral Tributes
  • Memorials
  • Repatriations
  • Public Notices
  • Specilaist Musicians i.e. Bagpipes / Buglars
  • Doves
  • Helium Balloons

Contact Information

Whittaker - Wood Funeral Services

99 Silverdale Road
Gatley, Cheadle

Office: 0161 - 428- 8211 (24hrs)
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