Losing a child can be one of the most painful experiences any of us can face. Arranging a funeral for an infant is a task no parent wants to undertake, we are there to help and guide you through the arrangements. It is important to take the time you need to grieve and not to rush the funeral arrangements.
You may wish to have a private funeral or have a large gathering with family and friends. Depending on the number of people you wish to attend, the service can be held in church, the crematorium chapel, our Chapel of Rest or at any venue that would accommodate.
It is important to take time to grieve and not to rush into decisions before you feel ready. Don’t feel pressurised by anyone and take time to mourn privately. Once you feel ready, contact us and we can guide you through everything.
Arranging a Funeral
We know for many of the families that we see, bereavement is one of the most traumatic events they will be confronted with. Our highly trained staff will assist you professionally in the practical issues of arranging the funeral and will support you with compassion through this difficult time.
We are committed to supporting families after the funeral with our Bereavement Care Service, where you are able to talk to someone in complete confidence who will understand how you are feeling.
We can visit your home or you can visit either our Head Office in Victoria Road, our Chapel of Rest in Whitworth Road, or our Highworth Office & Chapel to do the arrangement.
Every funeral we arrange will be unique to you and we will do our utmost to give you the perfect tribute for your loved one.
Questions We Will Ask
When planning the funeral we will ask you to make a number of decisions so it’s best to be prepared and consider the following:
- Is your loved one to be buried or cremated?
- Where would you like your loved ones funeral to take place? (church, crematorium, graveside, etc.)
- What type of service would you like?– religious, civil, humanist, or any other
- Would you like to come and see your loved one at our Chapel of Rest? (You can choose to have your loved one dressed in their own clothes)
- What music you would like?
- Would you like a Charity to benefit from donations?
- Would you like any family cars?
- Where would you like the funeral to leave from? (Your home, Our Chapel of Rest, meet us where the funeral will take place?)
- Would you like us to administer your donations for a favourite charity?
You can personalise the service in any way by playing a favourite song, releasing balloons, releasing doves or organising floral tributes. Any tribute can become a touching reminder of the funeral service for years to come. We can compile a Photo slideshow to music which can be played during the service, We are happy to talk and help you through the options.
Chapel of Rest
We will do everything we can to make sure your visit to the chapel of rest is as peaceful as possible. Hillier Funeral Service can arrange to have hand/footprints taken or a lock of hair for a memory box. You are also more than welcome to bring in toys or teddies to make the chapel more personal for you. Our Chapel of Rest in Broadway is open from 9am until 9pm every day, there is no need to make an appointment as we have an out of hours caretaker, and our Chapel of Rest at Highworth is open Monday to Friday 9am to 8pm and 10am until 3pm on aturdays so you can spend as much time as you need with your loved one.
Depending on the age of your child, it is sometimes not appropriate to use a black hearse, in these instances we have a black Volvo estate. We can also discuss other transport options with you for example: horse drawn hearse or fire engine etc
We do not charge for our services, we will only charge for any additional items such as service sheets, press notices, upgraded coffin, flower arrangements…etc) Also many churches and ministers will not charge for their fees, however there are other funeral expenses such as cemetery & crematorium fees.
If you are struggling to finance a funeral, then the Child Funeral Charity can assist anyone who needs to arrange a funeral for a baby or child aged 16 or under. As well as providing financial support, they can also provide advice and guidance. The Child Funeral Charity can be contacted Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm on 01480 276088.
Our commitment to the families we serve continues after the funeral. We are very proud of our own in house Bereavement Care Service who support you though the difficult grieving process. This is provided as an extension to our commitment of care and is provided free of charge. Please contact Sandra on 01793 522797
|Cruse Bereavement Care||01793 619 933|
|Sands (Stillborn & Neonatal Death Charity)||07519 832 642|
|Childhood Bereavement Network|
|The Child Bereavement Trust||0845 357 1000|
|Child Death Helpline||0800 282 986|
|The Compassionate Friends||0345 123 2304|
|The Lullaby Trust|