A dignified Direct Cremation which is an affordable alternative to a traditional Funeral.
We help you through every step of the funeral arrangements for a service at your chosen crematorium.
When no ceremony or service is required we can arrange a peaceful graveside service without a celebrant.
Just as every life is unique every farewell can be too. We offer a wide range of personalized touches.
Fenix Funeral Directors in Wickford looks after the village of Wickford as well as the neighbouring Basildon, Billericay, Laindon and Pitsea.
As funeral directors, we take care of all aspects of arranging and coordinating the funeral, from catering to transport to flowers and officiants. We want to put families at ease that their every requirement will be taken care of, leaving them to focus on their healing during their bereavement. We will help you say your final goodbyes with dignity and comfort.
Get in touch with Fenix Funeral Directors by giving us a call during office hours, or complete a contact form on our website for a funeral director to call you back at a time that is most convenient for you. We are here to serve in any way we can.
It is also possible to book a meeting close to you. You can easily select a meeting location by clicking on the markers on the map. Please be aware that you must always book an appointment in advance. Our representatives are not always on site.
Fenix Funeral Directors take care of all the funeral arrangements with the consent of the next of kin. We will collect the body for postmortem care and then get in touch to arrange the burial or cremation. Arrangements include coordinating the flowers, organist, seating, funeral leaflets, parish clerk, grave, booking of the church and officiant, and the hearse.
In addition, we also offer the next of kin our assistance. We know how difficult it can be to make decisions after losing a loved one. We will provide more information about your options and arrange obituary notices on your behalf. Your funeral director will also offer a sympathetic ear and compassionate guidance throughout the entire process.
Funerals usually occur during weekdays, within a week or two after your loss, but we can make special arrangements if you require a specific time frame for burial or cremation due to your religious or traditional beliefs. Rest assured that we will do everything within our power to assist you.
Our professional funeral directors in Wickford will make every effort to arrange a funeral service reflective of the life of the person you've lost, including adding any special personal touches you would like to the day of the funeral. This can include flowers, music, hymns, or any other traditions or requests you may have.
Fenix Funeral Directors in Wickford believe that funerals should be personal and meaningful to you, your loved one and your family. Let us take care of all the necessary funeral arrangements to make the day as special as possible.
Your funeral director will explain all of the options and associated costs in detail over the phone.
When you contact us at Fenix Funeral in Wickford, you never have to worry about being treated like a “customer”. For us, you are a fellow human being who needs support and help in a difficult time. You always get a personal adviser who is by your side through out the process.
Funeral services are held at the St Margaret's Church in Castleton Road, 2 miles from the high street. There are additional options, including St Mary the Virgin, which has spacious wide laws, St Mary Magdalene's, or Christ Church in the Ladygate Centre, on the High Street, that has a good-sized hall. Families can also host a simple funeral at the Salvation Army Chapel in Jersey Gardens, or St Catherine's. Note that St Catherine's has a hall on the opposite of the road, with bathroom facilities. St Nicholas in Church Road has an imposing tower containing the oldest bells in Essex, whereas Our Lady of Good Counsel is a lovely traditional Roman Catholic Church. Fenix Funeral Directors will assist with all the necessary arrangements.
Burials for the Wickford area usually take place at the Great Burstead Cemetery, within the St Mary Magdalen Church in Church Street. There are burial plots available within the new lawn section of the cemetery. There is also the option of the Wickford Cemetery, a very neat and well-kept space with possibilities for memorials for cremated remains and full-sized grave plots. There is no chapel at Wickford, but graveside funeral services are allowed. Others may prefer to use the Basildon District Cemetery (also known as Pitsea Cemetery) for the burial or cremation, about 5.5 miles away within the historic village of Bowers Gifford. The cemetery has lovely views over the Kent Hills.
Cremation for the Wickford area takes place at the District Crematorium, Basildon. The crematorium overlooks the Thames estuary and Kent Hills. It's privately owned and operated. Families can choose between direct cremation or a cremation service held at the chapel. Funerals are restricted to roughly 40 minutes each. There are options for memorials, including living memorials like trees, roses, or family gardens, and more contemporary memorials, including benches and birdbaths. Vaults and plaques are also available. There is a floral tribute area where loved ones can gather after the cremation service. It is possible to purchase keepsakes, including cards and miniature books.
Different funeral directors have different approaches to bereavement support and counselling. Fenix Funeral Directors will put you or a family member in touch with a professional counsellor if preferred. We will also offer our personal support and compassionate care while we work together to make the funeral arrangements.
Funerals can vary depending on the religious or personal beliefs of the family or the person that has passed, and there are various options to choose from. Most funerals consist of a ceremony attended by loved ones and officiated by a member of the clergy; others prefer to hold a small celebration of life that is entirely non-religious. We respect your decision and beliefs and make the arrangements according to your wishes.
Yes, many people purchase pre-paid funeral plans to cover funeral costs in the event of their death. This takes care of all future funeral arrangements, relieving your family of the financial burden of the funeral cost. Feel free to get in touch if you need any more information about a pre-paid funeral plan.
The entire process takes about 4 hours, after which you may receive the ashes. Families are not usually present for the actual cremation, but crematoria allow witnesses for cultural reasons.
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