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traditional, natural burial or cremation

We serve all faiths and cultures, and offer many types of funeral. We understand that each person’s final wishes are unique, which is why we offer a wide variety of funeral services. Whether you prefer a traditional burial, a natural burial, or cremation, we have you covered.

Our selection of caskets and urns is extensive, and we also offer beautiful floral arrangements to honour your loved one.

Additionally, we provide hearses and limousines to ensure a dignified and respectful farewell. Let us help you create a meaningful and personalised tribute to your loved one.

We strive to create a truly unique and meaningful experience for you and your loved ones. We understand that every individual and family has their own specific needs and desires when it comes to honouring the life of a loved one. That’s why we take the time to listen carefully to your wishes before offering our expert advice, guidance, and inspiration.

Our goal is to help you create a personalised funeral service that is not only fitting for the person who has passed away, but also reflects your own values and beliefs. Let us help you celebrate the life of your loved one in a way that is truly special and meaningful.

Our service is tailored to your means and beliefs and focused on a relationship of trust and respect.


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Arranging a funeral with us

Our funeral directors will listen, advise, and guide you through all of the arrangements to plan a funeral that is appropriate for both you, your family and the person who has died.

Preparing for the funeral

  • We will arrange the funeral with you in person or over the phone
  • Help you with any documentation and communicating on your behalf with all third parties
  • Explain every decision you’ll have to make, including those about the coffin, flowers, music, and orders of service
  • Arrange the location of the funeral and assist you in selecting the ideal officiant 
  • Enable you to visit the person who has died in our chapel of rest by appointment between 9am-8pm, 7 days a week
  • Assist you in using our Bereavement Service to access support

We’ll care for the person who has died

  • Bring them within a 25-mile radius into our care
  • In our specialised facilities, we care for them until the day of the funeral
  • We can dress them in the clothes of your choice or a gown that we can supply

For the funeral service

  • Family members may choose to carry the coffin or use a wheeled bier, or this can be done by our colleagues
  • We’ll arrange a standard hearse and can take a special route if you prefer, for an additional fee, you can also select a specialist hearse
  • We can arrange for you to hold the ceremony and committal service at different locations
  • Your funeral director will be with you throughout the day to ensure that everything goes as planned

when someone dies

When someone dies, there are many things that you will need to take care of, from registering the death to notifying particular organisations. Understanding what you need to do may help ease some of the stress or confusion you may be feeling.

As soon as someone dies, you should call a doctor. They’ll be able to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

You will then need to find a funeral director, and arrange for the deceased to be collected and brought into their care.

You must register the death in the country where your loved one died. You’ll need to find a register office in the area where the death occurred and make an appointment. 

You’ll also need to bring certain documents with you, such as the deceased’s passport and Birth Certificate.

You should then begin making funeral arrangements with your chosen funeral director. You’ll need to consider the type of funeral, coffin, travel arrangements, and other details such as flowers and readings. 

If your loved one left behind a will, the named ‘executor’ will deal with the estate. If there isn’t a will, a relative will be appointed as an ‘administrator’ in order to deal with this.

Inform Tell Us Once about the death within the first two weeks. They will tell authorities and government services that your loved one has passed away, rather than having to contact each authority separately. The deceased’s social media accounts will need to be dealt with too.


here to support, help and advise

We are here to support and guide you through every detail, helping you create a fitting ceremony and celebration of life.

Everything that we do is built on empathy, choice and providing value. Our belief is that since we’re all unique, our funerals should be too.

When a death occurs we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us if you need help and advice around bereavement even if not considering us as funeral director.

Call – 0191 257 1201

If you would prefer not to speak to someone just now, message us through WhatsApp or email and we will call you back within an hour.


serving the community since 1790

Funeral Director North Shields - Turnbulls

It was in 1790, when the founder of the business, John Turnbull, began work as a cabinetmaker and undertaker on the quayside at North Shields.


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