Curtis Ilott Independent Family Funeral Directors

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Baywell House, Ellworthy Park, Frome,
Somerset, BA11 5LS

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Beechcroft, Anchor Road, Coleford,
Radstock, BA3 5PB

Helpful Information and Guidance

As dedicated funeral directors, part of a small family run business, we will assist you with all aspects of planning the funeral.

When you entrust your loved one into our care, you can be assured that we look after them with respect and dignity. Some people find it comforting to see their loved one before the funeral in our private Chapel of Rest and we will facilitate this wherever possible. 

The funeral service is a way of saying goodbye to someone who has died. We are responsible for ensuring that everything runs as smoothly as possible. We will listen carefully to your wishes, liaise with third parties (where required) and help you make the necessary, and sometimes difficult, decisions to ensure you have the funeral that you want for your loved one.

Choosing the type of funeral

The first thing to decide is whether the funeral service will be a burial or cremation. You will also need to decide where the service will be held. This may be at a church or place of worship, at a crematorium, at the graveside, or somewhere else. In the case of cremation, there can be a service at a church combined with a shorter service at the crematorium chapel.

Woodland burials, or natural burials, have become increasingly popular and are now available in many areas. We can advise of those in your locality.

The choice of burial or cremation may already have been made by the deceased. This may have been in discussion with family members or set out in their Will or pre-arranged funeral plan. 


There are many things to consider about choosing a burial. These may include:

  • If you already have a family grave or plot, we can arrange fot this to be re-opened and the headstone removed before burial.
  • Burial spaces may be very limited or expensive in some areas.
  • Reserving plots so your family can be buried close by.
  • Whether you want a memorial headstone, or a new inscription on an existing one.

There are fees involved with all burials. These could include:

  • The cost to purchase a new grave and exclusive right of burial (Deed of Ownership).
  • The opening or re-opening of an existing grave.
  • The removal and replacement of any existing memorials, such as headstones.


Some things to consider when choosing a cremation:

  • It can cost less than a burial.
  • The funeral service can be held at the crematorium, with most having a service room or other appropriate facilities.
  • The service may also take place in a church or another location before going to the crematorium.
  • There will be a strict time limit for the length of service, which will vary as it depends on the individual crematorium's guidelines.
  • You will need to decide on the final resting place of the ashes, which you can keep in an urn, or you can scatter or bury them.

We can advise you of any restrictions in place at your chosen crematorium with regards to the choice of dress for the deceased or placing any possessions in the coffin.  

Please note: if the person who has died had a pacemaker fitted, this would need to be removed before the cremation takes place.