For all making funeral arrangements at the moment. We appreciate that you are not only grieving, but having to cope with limitations being placed on funerals. The service that you have may be far smaller than what you had hoped for.…..

Please rest assured that regardless of the situation, we will provide you with a high-quality service and treat you with the respect and compassion you need and deserve at this time.

With this in mind, please be aware of the following:

  • Our staff will not be shaking hands/hugging for the time being. Please do not be offended by this.
  • The current advice is for you to have a small, “committal only” service to deal with the practicalities of a cremation or burial, and to have a larger service at a later date.
  • We will not be providing limousines, home arrangements or chapel services (Redhill/Dorking) for the foreseeable future.
  • We will advise you on specific guidelines for crematoria/cemeteries/churches. Please be aware that many churches are not offering funeral services at the moment but will provide someone to officiate at a committal only service.
  • If you are self-isolating, we can register the death on your behalf and make arrangements by phone/email/post.
  • We cannot allow family bearers at the moment, in line with crematorium and cemetery regulations. As far as possible, we will still carry coffins, rather than using a wheeled bier.
  • Do not attend a funeral or come to any of our premises if you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19.

Sherlock Funeral Service was established in Dorking in 1888, and is now a sixth generation family run business.

We offer a first class, comprehensive funeral and memorial service, for both burial or cremation, including the use of our interdenominational service chapel. We can assist and advise you with all aspects regarding funeral arrangements and the associated procedures. A 24-hour telephone service for emergencies is maintained.

Arranging a funeral, where do you start?

Our services to you start from the initial contact we have with you, either by telephone or by calling in personally. We will ask preliminary details such as whether the deceased has died at home, in a hospital or a nursing home, and we will then advise on the conveyance of the deceased to our private rest rooms. At this time you may also wish to talk through the initial required procedures, such as obtaining a Death Certificate and where to carry out registration. See also: What to do when a death occurs.

Funeral arrangements

We believe that a funeral service should be as individual as the person who has died, and therefore offer a wide choice of services which can be tailored to suit the needs, wishes and requirements of the family of the deceased.

When you feel that you are ready to talk over the funeral arrangements we will arrange to meet with you either at Trellis House or if you prefer we can call on you at home. We will then take you through, at your own pace, all that needs to be discussed, explain the procedures involved, and make you aware of the choices you have, and any requirements that must be fulfilled. We can then make contact with the crematorium, church or cemetery authority as necessary. See also: Our services.

Within this Website we have gathered together facts and information which we feel will be of use when facing the daunting task of organising a funeral and dealing with the many varied problems that may arise.

It is appreciated that not all of the information will apply to your circumstances – but it may be useful as a check-list and general guide.

Our advice is free and may be sought at any time. With our long experience as funeral directors, we are ready to act as advisers on all matters connected with funerals. The earlier we are contacted the more help we can give. Burials and cremations throughout the British Isles or abroad may be arranged with complete confidence through Sherlock Funeral Service.

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