Arranging a Funeral

When a friend or loved one passes away, having to make arrangements for the funeral can create unnecessary stress during a difficult time. To help relieve some of the pressure for you and your family, you may wish to consult an experienced funeral director.

Founded in 1961, Spencer and Peyton are independent funeral directors, catering to families of all beliefs and denominations within the Basingstoke and Hook areas. If you are currently dealing with a bereavement, we would like to offer our services to you. Our experienced, compassionate funeral directors will be on hand to lend their support and assist with any legal paperwork. We work with you to plan a respectful tribute to the life of your loved one.

The procedure to be followed will depend on the circumstances of the death.

If a death occurs at home:

If the death occurred in the home, you will need to notify a doctor, who will attend the home to certify the death. When this has happened, please get in touch with us. Our funeral directors are available at any time to lend their support.

If the death occurs in a care home, hospital or hospice:

If your loved one has passed away in a care home or hospice, the nursing staff will contact us with your consent. If the death has occurred in a hospital, you will be called to the hospital's bereavement office, though you will need to make arrangements with a funeral director.

In the event of a sudden death:

A coroner and a police officer will attend in the event of a sudden or unexpected death. The police officer will arrange for the deceased to be taken to hospital. At this stage, you should call a funeral director. Spencer and Peyton can support your family, assisting with any paperwork and decisions from this point onwards.

Before the deceased is released into the care of a funeral director, the death must be registered by a friend or close relative who was in attendance during their last illness, someone present at the time of death or a person (not a funeral director) making arrangements for a funeral. To register a death you will need to supply the following:

  • The deceased's birth certificate or date of birth
  • Notification of death certificate (supplied by a GP or hospital)
  • The deceased medical card (if available)

You will also need to give details of the deceased's place of birth, their full name (including their maiden name), the date and location of their death, occupation and home address, and (if married) the full name and occupation of the deceased's spouse.

Following your initial contact, we will arrange to meet you and your family to discuss each aspect of the funeral service along with the burial arrangements. We can make an appointment for you at our office, or we will be happy to visit you at home should you prefer. During this time we will discuss some of the following:

  • The date and venue for the funeral service
  • Is the funeral to be a burial or cremation?
  • Whether you require a traditional (religious) or secular service
  • Your choice of coffin or casket
  • Arrangements for visiting the deceased prior to the funeral
  • Clothing for the deceased
  • Newspaper obituaries
  • Funeral procession transport (i.e. horse-drawn carriage, hearse or limousine)
  • Assistance with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) claims

If you live in the Basingstoke, Tadley or any of the surrounding areas and would like to enquire about any of our funeral services, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – we're here whenever you need us. Spencer and Peyton are proud members of the National Association of Funeral Directors.