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Funeral Arrangements

Jill & Peter will provide assistance with all arrangements from liaising with ministers, celebrants, humanists and crematoria. They are happy to help compile death announcements for submission to the local newspapers, they will also help with Order of Service, floral tributes, funeral teas and whatever else you and your family require.

Funeral charges & fees

These are made up of two parts and a written estimate will be provided when the funeral has been arranged or shortly afterwards.


Funeral Directors' Fees

These charges are made to the Funeral Directors for providing professional services which include the conveyance of the deceased to our private Chapel of Rest (NOTE: all located on the one premises), care of the deceased, the necessary documentation, a standard coffin (which can be upgraded), a traditional hearse and four bearers.


Other Fees

These are known as third party disbursements which every Funeral Director should charge the same price. These payments are paid on your behalf to the minister, celebrant, humanist, cemetery, crematorium, florist, for Order of Service, news paper notice (obituary and thanks for sympathy) if required. Also an urn/casket for ashes and the doctor's fees if required. Also any interment fees.

Direct Cremations

A direct cremation is a practical and lower-cost option, which separates the cremation process from the funeral ceremony. A cremation is held without any service or mourners present and the ashes are returned to the family a few days later.

We offer direct cremations in Carlisle, Distington and further afield, these start from £1,395 fully inclusive.

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Chapels of Rest

Our Chapels of Rest are a place for you to come and visit your loved one who is resting with us. Visits to the Chapels are by appointment and can be any time that suits you. Jill, Peter or Julie will be on hand to show you into the Chapel and she can stay with you if you wish, or alternatively, they can leave you in private to spend time with your loved one. 

The Coroner

Coroners investigate deaths that have been reported to them if it appears that:


  • the death was violent or unnatural

  • the cause of death is unknown, or

  • the person died in prison, police custody, or another type of state detention.​

In these cases, the Coroner must investigate to find out, who has died and how, when, and where they died. This is for legal purposes as well as the families.

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Dalston Memorials

Jill & Peter decided to set up Dalston Memorials in July 2020 to be able to offer the families they cared for a unique and complete family service.

A memorial is a lasting remembrance to your loved one. Time may be needed before a decision is made. There may also be some restrictions as to what type of material and shape a stone can be in a local churchyard.

We can supply new natural stone, granite and marble memorials to your design in a range of colours and finished surfaces, we can also arrange for additional inscriptions, re-guilding, cleaning, re-fixing and general memorial maintenance.


Full colour brochures are available on request. Contact Peter or Jill on 01228 317373 or you can email:


The Funeral Director will always attend the service, giving support and guidance throughout. The hearse with chauffeur and bearers are also an essential part of our service to you. They can provide limousines for the funeral, each limousine can carry six mourners. It is also possible to arrange a horse-drawn hearse, motorcycle hearse, or other forms of hearse transport if this is something you would prefer.

Probate & other legal advice

We are proud to work closely with Burnetts Solicitors.  Following a death, it is sometimes necessary to obtain a 'Grant of Probate' on the deceased's estate. Probate is granted by the Probate Registry to the executor named where a will has been left by the deceased. In order to do this, it may be advisable to contact a Solicitor who can relieve you of many worries and take control of the will, problems of intestacy, any debts, grants and letters of administration.

Contact them on 01228 552222 or

Cremated Remains

Should you decide on cremation, the question of what to do with the ashes afterwards is one that you may wish to consider carefully. 


One option available is to have the ashes scattered (interred) at the crematorium in the Garden of Remembrance. You may like to scatter them at a favourite spot, or have them scattered at sea. Many people find comfort in having the ashes interred in the local Church or Cemetery, both of which have special areas set aside for this purpose.


There is no need to make a decision immediately; Jill & Peter will store the ashes for you in our ashes room for however long you need to make your decision at no charge.

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