What To Do When Someone Dies

Upon death (whether at home or in a nursing home) the first call will be to the family doctor who will certify death. Once the doctor has attended you can then ring us on our 24 hour call line which is available 365 days a year.

We will then attend to remove your loved one back to our chapel of rest. If death occurs in hospital they will remain there until all the required paper work has been completed by the doctor.

After which the deceased will then be taken to our private chapel of rest.

The only thing left for you to do is register the death of your loved one at the registrars. This has to be done by a family member and not the Funeral Director. This can be done before or after arranging the funeral with us. You will need the Medical Certificate of cause of death to take with you to the registrars and this is obtained from the deceased GP who saw them last.

Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral is a very personal decision and at Brook Smith’s we believe that it is important to get all the details right. We will take time and care to guide, advise and oversee all the planning on your behalf.

We take great care to ensure that every funeral is carried out to the wishes of the family of the deceased. The type of funeral varies from traditional burials and cremation to woodland burials and even burials on private ground such as farmland and large gardens. We are are happy to arrange whatever you wish, provided it is dignified and of course legal. No detail is too small or large for consideration. Our sole aim is for everyone to feel that they have been able to adequately celebrate the life of their loved ones in a manner that honours them.

You may wish to consider the following options before you get in touch with us and we will guide you through the arrangements for the funeral and organise everything on your behalf. These funeral arrangements can take place either in your home or in our offices at a time suitable to you.


  • Is the service and cremation to take place at the crematorium or will there be a church service first?
  • It is possible to have a private service in our chapel prior to going to the crematorium?
  • The services at the crematorium take place every 40 minutes and the service time should be 20 minutes allowing time for you to be seated in the chapel and leaving the chapel where you can meet people after the service. It is possible to book a double time slot but an extra charge will be made by the council?


  • Which cemetery will it take place in and where would the funeral service take place, in the church or around the grave?

Woodland Burial

We hope that having found our website you will feel confident to call us and allow us the privilege of serving you at what we know will be a very sensitive time. As a family business we want to assure you of our desire to do everything we can to make this time as easy as possible for you.

Read more about alternative funerals here.

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Our Funeral Home

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Please Ask To See Our Range of Coffins

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Floral Arrangements

The floral arrangements below afre are by the Hedgerow Florists in Grassington.

We can also recommend the following florists…

  • The Hedgerow , Threshfield 01756 752293
  • The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, Skipton 01535 633363
  • Berries Florist, Skipton 01756 799643
  • The Flower Loft, Grassington 01756 753537
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flowers for funerals
flowers by the hedgerow for funerals


We can arrange for special transport on the day.

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