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At AJ Lock we offer a wide range of service to meet everyone's wishes. Please read on to find out more about how we can help you.
At AJ Lock Caring Funerals we will:
- Have an open and honest relationship with all those involved.
- Take the-changing needs of funerals into account.
- Keep costs within your budget.
- Pride ourselves in our sensitive arrangements.
- Make the process as stress free as possible whilst adhering to your wishes.
- Achieve the highest standards.
- With our dedicated team and extensive knowledge, help you make informed choices to suit your requirements.
- Offer state of the art, newly refurbished premises.
- Transport your loved one and family using our luxury vehicles.
- Keep in regular contact with our clients.
- Support and guide you through every process.
- We are also able to offer home arrangements at a time convenient to you and your relatives.
Just some of the things we can do for you:
- Organise the wake.
- Take care of donations on your behalf.
- Arrange floral tributes.
- Help design and order the orders of services.
- Place obituaries in the local paper.
- Book of condolence.
- Church services.
- For burials we can order and arrange headstones and inscriptions.
- Recommend a Minister, Civil Celebrant, humanist or any other religious ceremony.
- Arrange alternative transport: i.e. horse drawn hearse, motorcycle or any other vehicle where possible.
- Short term care of cremated remains.
- Organise internment or scattering of cremated remains.
- Promise to bring your loved one into our care within the hour, once the relevant paperwork has been done by the doctor.
- Home arrangements.
- Pre-Paid funeral plans available.
There are a number of things you will need to think about when arranging a funeral. Here are some key considerations:
Will it be cremation or burial?
Where will the funeral take place?
Who would you like to lead the funeral?
Will the funeral be religious or non-religious?
How would you like to personalise the funeral?
Letting friends and family know when a loved one passes away:
The way you break the news to friends and family is very important and can be an overwhelming experience for some people. You will need to decide whether you are telling people face-to-face or over the phone, and, if you’re unsure on how to phrase the news, try and keep it as simple as possible.
If you decide to place an obituary in the local newspaper, you may want to mention the chosen charity and provide information about how people can donate in memory of your loved one.
Online: Funeral Notices.
Our new Funeral Notice service will allow people to leave a donation online via Just Giving. Family and friends of the deceased can donate money and leave personal messages of condolences.
Who you will need to notify about the death:
When a loved one passes away, you will need to notify various
organisations about the death as soon as possible.
Who to inform first:
The person’s GP
Relatives and friends
The funeral director
Health professionals – you may need to cancel any outstanding hospital appointments.
Property & bills:
Mortgage provider or landlord
Utility companies (electricity, gas and water)
Buildings and contents insurance provider
Mobile phone provider
HM revenue and Customs for tax purposes
DVLA if the deceased held a driving license
Local council for council tax and Electoral Register
The Tell Us Once service will allow you to notify the above
government departments at the same time.
Bank and building societies
Insurance companies (life, car and travel)
Credit card providers
Bereavement support after someone dies
When a loved one passes away, coping with grief can be incredibly difficult for some people. We've listed a number of helpful organisations which offer bereavement support below:
Cruse Bereavement Care (England and Wales)
Cruse Bereavement Care (Scotland)
Child Bereavement UK
The Miscarriage Association
What is a hearse?
A hearse is the name that’s given to the large vehicle which carries a coffin or casket from the family or funeral home, to the funeral service and ultimately a cemetery or crematorium.
Our hearses and cars.
We can provide one of our own traditional chauffeur driven hearses to convey the person who has died and we’re always prepared to accommodate your specific requests.
Our fully trained Funeral Directors have a fleet of chauffeur driven cars to transport family and friends to the funeral service safely and on time. After the funeral, our cars will wait for you and return you to a local destination of your choice.
How much does a hearse cost?
The cost of a hearse completely depends on what you want. All of our funerals include a motorised hearse, though any special requests such as a horse-drawn hearse will incur additional costs.
Our funerals are tailored to you and your loved one, so please ask AJ Lock for more information regarding funeral vehicle costs.
The funeral procession
During a traditional funeral procession, the hearse will take the coffin to the funeral service and is often followed by our cars or private cars carrying chief mourners.
It is also possible to arrange a particular route you want the funeral cortege to take.
When finalising the plans for your funeral transportation, there are a few final questions you must answer:
Who will be travelling in the official cortege?
Will the funeral procession begin at a specific address or at the funeral home?
Are any of the chief mourners disabled and do they require adapted transport?
If you wish to make your loved one’s final journey even more personal, choosing a hearse or alternative mode of transport which celebrates their life can be a fitting tribute.
Whether it’s a fire engine, motorcycle, campervan or horse-drawn hearse, AJ Lock professional Funeral Directors will be on hand to ensure your unique arrangements are met for a special commemoration.
Choosing a coffin, casket or urn for your loved one can often help with the bereavement process and is an important part of your funeral arrangements.
We understand that deciding on a final resting place for a loved one can be very distressing for some people. At AJ Lock, our caring funeral professionals will be on hand to support and guide you through all of your available options.
What is the difference between a coffin and a casket?
The main difference between a coffin and a casket is in the design. Coffins are tapered at the head and foot, wide at the shoulders and often have six sides.
In comparison, caskets are rectangular in shape with four sides. They are often constructed of better quality materials with a hinged lid.
Traditional funeral coffins.
Our traditional and classic coffins are suitable for both burial and cremation and are available in different colours and materials.
In choosing a coffin, we are aware that caring for the environment is an important consideration for many people. Our aim is to provide you with excellent quality and service whilst looking to reduce any impact on the environment.
The majority of AJ Lock’s coffins are British made by a local company in Gloucester and are crafted to an extremely high standard.
Our casket collection.
Alongside our traditional funeral coffins, we also offer further choice in the casket collection. Every individual’s needs are different and we give you as much support, help and advice as you need when choosing a casket for your loved one.
AJ Lock takes the responsibility of managing global resources seriously and endeavours to source products ethically and with consideration to the environment.
Ashes, urns and caskets.
Following the Cremation of a loved one, you will need to decide the final resting place of the ashes. You can keep the ashes in an urn, scatter them or bury them.
If you would like to place the ashes in an urn, we have a range of ashes urns and caskets to choose from.
Placing personal items in a coffin or casket.
You may want to place personal items, such as photographs, letters or flowers, in a coffin or casket. Our caring funeral professionals will be more than happy to make these arrangements, providing a fitting tribute for your loved one.
Please keep in mind that there are some restrictions with burial and cremation funerals, so please speak to AJ Lock staff to discuss all of your available options.
Funeral flower arrangements.
Although they’re not compulsory, funeral flowers help loved ones express their love for the deceased and choosing an appropriate floral tribute can significantly aid the grieving process.
There are many types of floral and funeral flower arrangements to choose from and AJ Lock professionals will be able to talk you through all of your available options.
Here are a few examples of the more commonly used flower arrangements:
What to write on funeral flowers.
Finding the right words that convey the love and memories shared with someone who has sadly passed away can be very difficult. The card that accompanies funeral flowers only needs a few kind words of remembrance. A few examples include:
Gone but never forgotten
You will be sorely missed
In loving memory
Always in my heart
Forever in our thoughts
May you rest in peace
If you’re stuck for what to write, don’t be afraid to keep it simple. The most important thing is that you’ve shown that you care at such a difficult and upsetting time.
Where to send funeral flowers and floral tributes.
We recommend sending funeral flowers and floral tributes straight to the funeral home or where the funeral service is being held.
AJ Lock will be able to arrange for the flowers to be delivered to the place of burial or cremation on the day of the funeral. Please ensure you give the funeral director enough time to be able to make these arrangements for you.
If you wish to arrange flowers with a local florist, please speak your funeral arranger at AJ Lock about these arrangements.
Popular songs for funerals.
Some people choose live music for funerals, commemorating a person’s life with uplifting and happy songs. The choice is completely up to you, and depending on the rules of the church or crematorium, there really is no right or wrong. As funerals become more tailored to reflect the life of the person who has sadly passed away, families are opting for contemporary songs to be played at the service.
Some of the most popular songs for funerals include:
My Way – Frank Sinatra
Angels – Robbie Williams
Simply the Best – Tina Turner
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life – Eric Idle (Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’)
Time to Say Goodbye – Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli
You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
Popular hymns for funerals.
Some of the most popular hymns for funerals include:
The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23)
Abide with Me
All Things Bright and Beautiful
How Great Thou Art
Old Rugged Cross
Popular classical music for funerals.
Classical music remains a popular choice for funerals, setting the stage for an emotional and moving service. Choosing the right piece of classical music is a personal choice, though there are a few popular ideas. Some of the most popular classical music for funerals include:
Canon in D – Pachelbel
Nimrod from Enigma Variations – Elgar
The Four Seasons – Vivaldi
What is a wake?
A wake often celebrates the life of the deceased and is typically less formal than the ceremony which precedes it. Our caring and dedicated Funeral Directors will be on hand to offer advice and support when organising a wake for a loved one.
At AJ Lock we can take care of every aspect of the wake for you, including:
Booking the venue.
Organising the catering.
Ensuring the venue is ready for your return.
Alternatively you are more than welcome to organise the wake yourself.
Who to invite to a wake.
A wake can be either private or public, so you will need to consider who to invite when making any necessary arrangements.
Guests may choose to attend the wake if they couldn’t make it to the funeral service. If you decide to place a funeral announcement in a local newspaper, the same can be done to announce the date, time and place of the wake.
Our Funeral Notices service is a simple and convenient way to share details of the wake with family and friends, via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Where to hold a wake.
The wake can be held anywhere you want, just keep in mind how many guests will be attending. Some of the more common wake venues are:
Your own home
Some popular venues in this area are:
The Nut Tree.
The Royal British Legion.
Make sure you book the venue in advance and let guests know where it is being held and at what time. You may need to visit the venue beforehand if you wish to decorate it with flowers or photographs.
Food and drink.
Food is typically provided at a wake and if you wish to serve your loved one’s favourite food and drink, many venues will be flexible enough to cater for these kinds of requests.
Depending on the venue, catering may already be included in the booking cost. If it isn’t, you can provide your own food or even ask guests to bring something to share.
How much does a wake cost?
It’s difficult to estimate exactly how much a wake will cost, as every service is different. If your budget is limited, we recommend holding the wake at home and providing the food yourself. Alternatively, families may choose to hold a smaller wake, inviting family members and close friends only.
How to ask for funeral charity donations.
There may be a specific charity that was important to the person who has sadly died, so make sure you take this into consideration when choosing where the money will be donated to.
Funeral donations can be made in several ways. At AJ Lock, we can make all the necessary arrangements and send the money to your chosen charity following the funeral service.
Funeral donation box.
You may opt for a funeral donation box, allowing guests to make donations at the end of the funeral service.
This can be arranged and collected by AJ Lock. We will either give you the donations before the wake or send it to the charity of your choice four to six weeks after the funeral, allowing for further donations to be made.
At AJ Lock, we also ask for the charity to send you a letter of acknowledgement, confirming that they have received the funeral donations.
Our Funeral Packages
All our packages exclude external costs/dispersements. Click plans for more details.
Taking your loved one directly to the crematorium.
A caring, but less elaborate funeral for your loved one.
A traditional service, includes a donation to your chosen charity.
A tradional funeral for families of bereaved children.