For those experiencing or preparing for the loss of a loved one

What to do when someone dies

For many, losing a loved one is an emotional experience that needs to be faced perhaps only twice in a lifetime. Yet at this very moment of deepest grief, some important and difficult decisions still need to be made. This is where the compassion, professionalism and community commitment of a SAIF Independent Funeral Director can help to make this most difficult of times, just that little bit more bearable. Since 2001 J. Perigoe & Son and A.W. Court have been under the ownership of West & Coe, a fully independent family owned and managed business, that has served the community for over a century and is a founder member of SAIF (the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors). As members we follow a strict code of practice, offering you the highest standard of service. A full copy of this code is available by clicking on the SAIF logo at the bottom of the home page.

At the earliest stage possible you will deal directly with one of our experienced Funeral Directors who, if wished, will come to see you in the comfort of your own home and will advise and guide you through every aspect of the funeral arrangements, conduct the funeral on the day and assist with any further requirements. We believe this continuity of care is important. It gives you a reassuringly familiar face at an often distressing and sometimes bewildering time.

Although the majority of the funerals we arrange are still very traditional, over recent years there has been an increase in families wishing for a more personalised funeral, that reflects the loved one they have lost. Your allocated Funeral Director will assist you in making this possible in a number of ways, ranging from, the coffin being carried by members of the family, members of the family being involved in the service, a bespoke design of coffin or floral tribute that may represent a favourite hobby, football team or sport, or possibly just a particular piece of music that holds a special memory or significance. The options are endless. We will be very happy to help and guide you, in any request that you may have, to make your final goodbye a very special memory.

Another area we have seen an increase in, is families wishing to arrange an environmentally friendly funeral. Again your allocated Funeral Director will be happy to discuss various options including woodland burial sites, coffins made entirely of natural products i.e. willow, seagrass and bamboo.

If you would like to discuss anything in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us.