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We hope that you will find this section useful if you need advice and information about both the immediate practicalities of funeral planning as well as the longer term concern of coping with bereavement.

At Woods Funeral Services we understand that it can often be a confusing and emotional time in the aftermath of the death of a friend or relative. When called upon to arrange a funeral, we take complete responsibility for all of the details. Our experienced and friendly team strives to provide helpful advice and support that will benefit you at this time of need.

We can assist you in coping with grief by offering you support via our free Bereavement Care service or by putting you in contact with local counsellors, community support groups or your local branch of CRUSE, the national organisation for the widowed and their children.

Advice can also be obtained from the local hospital Chaplain via the Bereavement Officer at Dorset County Hospital and the Chaplain at Joseph Weld Hospice.

When someone dies

To some people the selection of a coffin is a largely functional decision based upon the overall presentation of the coffin with floral tributes and its cost. 


The Funeral Service

If the deceased has previously stated their wishes for their funeral, the details of the service should be adhered to as closely as possible by those responsible for making the funeral arrangements.


Cremation or Burial?

The funeral itself will involve either a cremation or burial.


Funeral Etiquette

This section is intended as an overview of funeral etiquette which is generally observed throughout the UK. Please contact us if you have any specific questions that are not answered here.



Once plans for the funeral have been confirmed you will need to let your family, friends and other members of the community know of the arrangements.



At the time of death the deceased may not be in the local area where the funeral is to take place.


Chapels of Rest

Our Chapels of Rest are intended as a place for reflection and have been designed with your comfort in mind.