COVID-19 Information

Brunel Cremation

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COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

This is a very concerning time for everyone right now. We want to reassure you that we are continuing to take the greatest care of our families and arrange funerals in the best possible way. We are keeping up to date with the latest government guidance on funerals and will keep our families informed of any changes.

If someone has passed away at home.

Please contact us at any time, we still cover a 24hr service. We will ask you for the normal information, but we will now also include asking if you know if the deceased or anyone in the property has tested positive for coronavirus. When we arrive, our men will be wearing PPE as a standard precaution, in the event that someone could be asymptomatic. We ask that you follow social distancing whilst our staff are with you.

Arranging the funeral

Where possible we are trying to keep you safe as well as our staff. We will arrange funerals over the phone wherever possible, to minimise contact. Once done we will send the funeral director to your home to hand you the paperwork that has been completed, it will be clearly labelled for you to sign. It is nice for you to meet the funeral director so you know who will be looking after you on the day of the funeral.

If you come to the funeral home to sign the paperwork then you will be asked to wear a mask and sanitise your hands.

All paperwork will be laid out ready for you visit and clearly marked for signing.

  • There are gloves if you wish, masks and automatic hand sanitiser are available in reception.
  • No more than 2 clients may visit the home at any time.
  • We regularly clean all surfaces in the funeral home and use a sanitising fogging machine to sanitise the air.


During this lockdown we are not offering limousines on funerals. We will bring the hearse to an address should family want to follow to the crematorium.
If the deceased has been tested positive for COVID-19 then due to the airborne nature of the virus we cannot permit visiting in the chapel.
We also cannot take fingerprints for jewellery but you do have the option of ashes into glass keepsakes.

We apologise for any additional stress this may cause but we have a duty of care to you our client and also to the health and safety of our staff.

Brunel Funeral Service

(Everything you need for a simple funeral is included)

A simple service at either Canford or South Bristol Crematoriums (either 09.00, 09.30 or 10.00 am service – each service time allocated is 30 minutes). £2430.00

A simple service at Westerleigh Crematorium, (08.30/09.00 or 09.15/09.45, according to which of two chapels are used)

Included in the fee, are the following:

  • Conveying the deceased into our care
  • Care, preparation, a simple coffin and gown
  • Completion of necessary documentation and arrangements
  • Cremation to take place on a day, date and time of your choosing (within the time restrictions available)
  • Crematorium fee
  • Celebrant/Minister Fee is included
  • The provision of the hearse, funeral director and bearers on the day of the funeral
  • Ashes will be scattered at the crematorium or may be collected within 14 days of the funeral from the crematorium or the funeral home
  • Full payment for this service must be made within 72hrs of the arrangements

Additional charges may apply

Oversize coffin £120
Collection of deceased outside normal office hours £175
Visiting deceased on an evening or weekend (per hour) £ 50
Mileage over the standard 15-mile radius is a fee of £1.80 per mile

A full inclusive service for : £2430.00 (payment must be made in full within 3 days of the arrangements being made) *Additional charges may apply

We will help you through the process
every step of the way.

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You can leave us an email at or call 0117 374 2002

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What does a simple cremation service consist of?

    Our Brunel Funeral Service includes everything you need for a simple yet dignified cremation – ranging from the conveying of the deceased into our funeral home to the preparation of the body, a coffin, and completion of the necessary paperwork.

    On the day of the service, mourners will arrive at the crematorium and will be seated before the service begins.

    During the cremation, there is typically a number of hymns sung or music played and eulogies read. In some cases, families may wish to include prayers or poems too.

    At the end of the service, the coffin will be moved for mourners to pay their final respects before the body is cremated.

    Though not included in the price of our Brunel Funeral, guests will then make their way to the wake where they can celebrate the life of their loved ones. Usually, there’s food, drink, music and photographs to encourage everyone to share their fond memories of the deceased.

    How does the Brunel Cremation Service differ from a direct cremation?

    One of the key differences between our Brunel Cremation Service and a direct cremation is that a simple ceremony will be held at one of the local crematoriums – either Canford, South Bristol or Westerleigh. This will usually take no more than 30 minutes, allowing mourners to bid farewell.

    With a direct cremation, there are no attendees other than the funeral director and pallbearers. This type of cremation is perfect for those who would much rather be laid to rest with minimal fuss. Of course, their loved ones can pay their respects at a later day in a way they see fit.

    Our Brunel Cremation is all-inclusive, which means the price includes the provision of a hearse, funeral director and bearers on the day.

    Out of the two, our simple yet dignified Brunel Cremation Service is the most expensive – but allows you to give the deceased the send-off they truly deserve, with their loved ones around them.

    For more information about our cremation services, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 0117 374 2002.

    How long does a cremation service take?

    On average, a cremation service takes place between one and three weeks after the death. Depending on the time of year and whether a coroner is involved, it could take even longer still. For instance, if a loved one dies during the Christmas period, many families prefer to wait until the new year to arrange the funeral.

    The cremation service doesn’t take too long, though. You’re usually allocated a 30 minute time slot. Once you’ve taken into account guests arriving, taking their seats and leaving the crematorium, this leaves you with approximately 20 minutes of speaking.

    In most cases, the ashes can usually be collected one working day after the ceremony – either by the person who completed the application form or the funeral director if stated on the form.

    If you’d like to know more about what our cremation services involve or you need help making the arrangements, feel free to get in touch with our funeral directors in Bristol.

    Is the Brunel Funeral Service right for my loved one?

    Deciding between a burial and cremation service is a personal choice and merely depends on the wishes of the deceased.

    However, if your loved one didn’t have a funeral plan or never discussed their funeral arrangements before they passed away, you may need to make the decision based on what you think they would have wanted.

    Cremations are typically the more flexible option of the two, allowing you to have a simple service at the crematorium or later on with the ashes. This particular funeral option is preferable if you need more time to make the arrangements or gather relatives that live a long distance.

    Something else worth noting about cremation services, like our Brunel Funeral Service, is that you can choose what to do with the ashes. You can scatter them in your loved one’s favourite spot, bury them or display them in a small casket or urn.

    Burials on the other hand, are deemed the more traditional choice – providing a permanent gravesite for friends and family to visit. One of the biggest downfalls of burials is they tend to be more expensive than cremations (especially direct cremations which offer a simple yet dignified way to bid farewell).

    To determine whether our Brunel Cremation Service is suitable for your loved one, you’re welcome to come and visit us at our funeral home on the edge of Westbury on Trym. Alternatively, why not give us a call and discuss your requirements over the phone?

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