It’s our job to take the stress and strain off you as a family
The longest established independent family Funeral Directors in Cornwall

Our Services

When someone dies, it’s our job to step in and take care of all the arrangements. This whole process starts with us sitting with you as a family and discussing what you want. We listen and provide comfort, we care, support and enable you to say farewell in your own way giving you peace of mind that you could not have done better.

In some cases the person that’s died has left arrangements in place, which means that our job is to see through and deliver what they wanted. However in most cases these arrangements are left to the family or even the executor and this is where we can take the pressure off you.

Once you’ve officially registered the death we can handle everything. We start by making sure that your loved one is completely cared for in advance of the funeral itself.

Funeral arrangements can be onerous, but it’s our job to take that stress and strain off you as a family, especially as it can be a very difficult and emotional time.

We can help you create a funeral service that not only reflects your loved one in a completely respectful way but also works well for you as a family. To give you an idea, following are just some of the things that we can look after:

  • We care for your loved one until the cremation or burial.
  • We offer professional advice on the type of funeral available to you.
  • We give you advice on choosing a suitable coffin.
  • We organise the venue for the service, whether it’s a church, crematorium, hall or graveside, followed by the cremation or interment.
  • We can also arrange memorial services after a private burial or cremation.
  • We book the clergy or non-religious person to conduct the service.
  • We supply transport to take you to and from the church or crematorium and return you to your home or reception.
  • We handle the necessary administration and paperwork and advise you on the registration of death.
  • We can arrange notices with local or national newspapers.
  • We provide live-streaming/recording, music and slideshows at services.
  • We produce a printed order of service and remembrance books for the day of the funeral.
  • We supply family floral tributes for the coffin, floral decorations for the venue or reception.
  • We collect and administer charitable donations on your behalf.
  • We can arrange reception and catering after the service.
  • We advise you on the options for the cremated remains or help organise a permanent memorial after an interment.
  • Provide options for lasting keepsakes such as fingerprint and ashes jewellery.

It’s our job to take the stress and strain off you as a family

Direct Cremations (unattended) 

At Ugalde and Son, we have been providing direct unattended cremations for quite some time now – even before the recent media attention. We’re proud to offer this option to families who are seeking an affordable alternative to a traditional full-service funeral.

Direct cremations have become increasingly popular, but we want you to know that we have a wealth of experience in providing this service with the utmost care and professionalism. Our team understands that every family is unique, and we’re here to support you in any way we can during this difficult time. Let us take care of the logistics so that you can focus on what’s truly important – honouring your loved one’s memory.

Why choose a direct unattended cremation?

Opting for a simple cremation without a ceremony can be a cost-effective and less formal alternative to a traditional funeral service. This option may be particularly suitable for those who prefer a low-key approach or for families who wish to respect the wishes of the deceased. A Direct Cremation, typically conducted outside of peak hours, can expedite the process and provide closure for families sooner. This, in turn, allows more time to focus on the healing processing.

What is a direct unattended cremation?

Our direct/unattended cremation service is designed for individuals who prefer a straightforward and simple process – without the need for a ceremony, church service, or funeral procession. Despite the lack of traditional services, rest assured that we take the same level of care and professionalism in handling your loved one. We handle everything from the conveyance of your loved one to our chapel of rest, to providing a simple coffin, arranging all necessary paperwork, and a suitable funeral vehicle. We understand that this can be a difficult time, and our goal is to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns about our direct cremation service.

What does a direct cremation include?

A direct cremation includes everything you need for an unattended funeral:
• Collecting your loved one and looking after them until the day of the funeral
• Organising the necessary paperwork required for a cremation
• A simple coffin
• Transportation to the crematorium in a suitable funeral vehicle
• Scattering of ashes in the gardens of remembrance or the safe return of ashes to the family

Why choose Ugalde and Son for a direct cremation.

Unlike larger corporations and online firms, we offer our clients the personal care and attention that their family could not receive elsewhere. We can offer a private time with your loved one in our chapel of rest so that you and your family can say farewell. We can also provide options and advice on lasting keepsakes such as fingerprint or ashes jewellery.

Cremation Service

Cremations are the most common form of funeral. Normally the ceremony takes place at the crematorium – using their chapel – but you can also hold the service in a church or other venue of your choice prior to or after the cremation (Thanksgiving / memorial service).

It is entirely up to you if you want the service to be religious or non-religious. A religious service will be conducted by an ordained minister or clergy from a specific faith or religion whereas a non-religious ceremony can have a civil celebrant or officiant from the humanist society, or indeed a family member. We will help you create a unique service that reflects the life of your loved one.

What does a cremation service include?

• Collecting your loved one and looking after them until the day of the funeral
• Organising the necessary paperwork required for a cremation, including advice on registration of the death, arranging and attending a service at the crematorium (or church if chosen)
• Booking a Minister/Celebrant
• A coffin of your choice
• Transport to the crematorium for your loved one (and the following family if required)
• Scattering of ashes in the gardens of remembrance or the safe return of ashes to the family in an urn of your choice.

We can also provide

• Notices with local or national newspapers.
• Live-streaming/recording, music and slideshows at services.
• Printed order of service and remembrance books for the day of the funeral.
• Family floral tributes for the coffin, floral decorations for the venue or reception.
• Collect and administer charitable donations on your behalf.
• Reception and catering after the service.
• Options for lasting keepsakes such as fingerprint or ashes jewellery.

Traditional Burial Service

At Ugalde and Son we can organise a funeral service to include a burial at a chosen cemetery, graveyard, burial ground or even on land that you own. Normally there would be a service prior to the burial either at a church or venue of your choosing however, you can opt for having a service at the graveside should you wish to.

What does a traditional burial service include?

• Collecting your loved one and looking after them until the day of the funeral
• Organising the necessary paperwork required for a burial, including advice on registration of the death, arranging and attending a service at the venue of choice prior to burial.
• Booking a Minister/Celebrant
• A coffin of your choice
• Transport to the service for your loved one (and the following family if required)
• Arranging a new grave or re opening a pre owned grave.
• Advice on removal of current memorial and adding a new inscription, or making a new memorial.

We can also provide

• Notices with local or national newspapers.
• Live-streaming/recording, music and slideshows at services.
• Printed order of service and remembrance books for the day of the funeral.
• Family floral tributes for the coffin, floral decorations for the venue or reception.
• Collect and administer charitable donations on your behalf.
• Reception and catering after the service.
• Options for lasting keepsakes such as fingerprint jewellery.

Natural or Green Burial

What is a natural burial?

There’s been an increased demand for Green Burials in recent years and we’re pleased to say that we’re able to offer a full service in line with these expectations.
We offer a full range of coffins made from alternative materials including woven willow, bamboo, seagrass or cane or even coffins made from cardboard or wool, all of which have a much lower environmental impact.

We’ve worked with Anthony and Ele who run Pentiddy Woods natural burial grounds in Pensilva. This wonderful space has a stunning view of the Caradon area and is a special place to create a bespoke and even alternative send off for your loved one.

A natural burial site looks very different from a traditional cemetery or graveyard. For a start, you won’t see gravestones, tended lawns or memorial items left on the graves. Each site has its own character and you might not even be able to tell that it’s a burial site at all.

Why choose a natural burial?

Choosing a natural burial is a meaningful way to honour your values and make a positive impact on the environment. By returning to nature, you can leave a lasting legacy for future generations. It’s a sustainable choice that helps protect natural habitats and encourages biodiversity. Plus, the land used for natural burial is managed in a way that benefits local communities. If you’re someone who cares deeply about reducing your carbon footprint and preserving the planet, a natural burial is a powerful way to make a difference both in life and in death

Natural burial sites offer a more affordable and accessible option compared to many council owned burial grounds, making it an attractive choice for those who value cost-effectiveness. These sites are also managed to encourage local wildlife, which further enhances their ecological value. Ultimately, opting for natural burial not only offers a more affordable and environmentally friendly choice, but also provides a meaningful way to return to the earth and contribute to its natural cycle.

What does a natural burial service include?

• Collecting your loved one and looking after them until the day of the funeral
• Organising the necessary paperwork required for a burial, including advice on registration of the death, arranging and attending a service at Pentiddy natural burial ground.
• Booking a Minister/Celebrant or help and advice with a family led service
• Advice on eco friendly coffin or shroud
• Transport to the service for your loved one (and the following family if required)
• Digging of a new grave

We can also provide

• Notices with local or national newspapers.
• Live-streaming/recording, music and slideshows at services.
• Printed order of service and remembrance books for the day of the funeral.
• Family floral tributes for the coffin, floral decorations for the venue or reception.
• Collect and administer charitable donations on your behalf.
• Reception and catering after the service.
• Options for lasting keepsakes such as fingerprint jewellery.

Our pricing is simple and transparent.

There are basically three elements that go into the pricing of a funeral.

Funeral services – Our services that we provide to you as a customer. This includes a hearse, a simple veneered oak coffin suitable for cremation removing within a 25 mile radius, arranging and attending cremation service at the Glynn Valley Crematorium, Bodmin. Administration of legal documents and the funeral directors services.

Disbursements – These are the third party fees that we pay for on your behalf such as Crematorium fees, statutory doctors forms, ministers fees.

Additional cost’s – These are items that are not included in our standard services such as; service in church, paper notices, printing, livestream / webcast, floral tributes, additional limousines, additional mileage may have to be charged depending on the location of the death. All theses costings can be seen below on our additional pricing structure.

For a direct cremation at a crematorium, using a third party cremation firm where there is no service or attendance our price is – £1687.00  in total. 

(Payment must be made in full prior to booking, cremated remains returned within 28 days)

For a direct cremation at the Glynn  Valley Crematorium where there is no service and no attendance our price is – £1590.00. Disbursements are £632.00

For an attended cremation service at the Glynn Valley Crematorium our prices start at – £2380.00 plus disbursements of £1530.00

As church fees and cemetery fees vary by location we would need to discuss arrangements for burial and quote a price for you.

Ugalde & Son are Funeral Directors

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