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We believe that by providing a personalised, curated, detailed approach we can arrange a service that reflects each individual’s passing in a way that’s as unique as they were.

We serve all faiths and cultures, and offer many types of funeral. Whether you choose a traditional, natural burial orcremation, we offer an extensive collection of caskets and urns, flower arrangements, hearses and limousines.

We can take care of every detail to create a unique commemoration and celebration of life.

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


when someone dies

What to do 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.

Obtain a medical certificate of cause of death

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.

Register the death

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.

Make funeral arrangements

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. 

Deal with the estate

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.

We understand grief is all consuming, so we are here to guide you through every aspect of the funeral process, offering clarity, advice and supporting you throughout.

When a death occurs we are here to help 24/7. Call us on 0191 257 2120


we are here to support

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 here to help 24/7. Call us on 0191 257 1201


serving the community since 1790

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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