Not all funeral directors are the same and you should be certain that you have all the information necessary and feel at ease and trust the funeral director you appoint.
With that in mind, we’ve tried to make the process a little easier by putting together a list of questions you might want to ask before you make your choice.
For any more information please call us no on 0161 428 2097.
We are privately owned, and we are in no way connected with any other business. Although we have two trade names, George Hill is our sister company, coming under the umbrella of Jonathan Alcock and Sons.
We are members of the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors ‘S.A.I.F.’ and the National Association of Funeral Directors’ ‘N.A.F.D.’. We are required to abide by their strict codes of conduct, and we have regular unannounced visits from each board to ensure that we are working to their high standards and providing our families with the best service possible.
For Jonathan Alcock & Sons Ltd we have been established since 1863. For our sister company George Hill Funeral Directors, we have been working alongside Keith Beard for many years until her retired in 2005. Jonathan Alcock & Sons Ltd bought the business from Keith but retained the trading name.
We have Jonathan Alcock & Sons Ltd in Cheadle Village and we have George Hill Funeral Directors in Hazel Grove. Jonathan Alcock and Sons has a modern purpose-built mortuary facility, two arranging rooms, two chapel of rests and this is where we store our vehicles. George Hill Funeral Directors has a comfortable arranging room and one chapel of rest. Due to the size of the premises, we are unable incorporate a preparation area to a high enough standard that ensures your loved one receives the best standard of care, we look after all preparations at our Cheadle Branch before taking your loved one to the Chapel of Rest at Hills. Each premises have onsite parking.
We consist of eight full time member of staff and two part time administration team members. We also have a bank of experienced staff who are employed to help out on every funeral.
The staff have qualifications that consist of five having diploma’s in funeral directing and two having embalming degrees. We have an administration team, usually consisting of one of the company directors, on the premises always who are fully able to help in every situation.
We are very proud to have two new fleets of vehicles. Our Hearses are both ‘Northwood Classic’ models and the Limousines are a ‘Rosedale’ model. You may recognise our company vehicles as they all have ‘JAS’ within the number plate.
Our team are available to help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Yes, our embalmers are qualified members of the British Institute of Embalmers. We do not insist upon embalming, however it is usually recommended if you wish to view your loved one.
Yes, you are welcome to visit your loved one at our Chapels of Rest by appointment during normal office hours, but if this should mean that a family or friend would miss seeing their loved one, then we would always see if a member of our team could stay a little later or come back at the weekend at an agreed time. There is no one on the premises outside of normal office hours.
Yes, we welcome you to bring your loved one’s clothing, where possible we would need under garments and the clothing, but there is not always a need for their shoes. We appreciate it when we can see a photo of how your loved one looked, how they would wear their hair or for women, what make up was worn, although we would never put make up on someone unless it was requested. We can paint ladies’ nails and shave gentlemen’s faces, all upon request.
We are happy to visit you at home or you are more than welcome to come onto our premises, whatever is best for you.
Wherever possible, we pride ourselves on you working with one person who you will see for the initial arrangements all the way through conducting the ceremony.
Yes, we will be able to provide you with an itemised estimate, although some of the disbursements (third party costs) may require confirmation. You will also receive a full set of our terms and conditions, the cancellation policy and we can provide you with our GDPR policies upon request.
Not at all, we aim to be as flexible as possible in what we offer. We are happy to accommodate your wishes and we are open to any unusual or unconventional requests.
No, you don’t have to. We offer a simple, low cost option for those wishing to arrange for a loved one to be cremated, where there is no form of funeral service whatsoever.
No, you don’t. If for example you wanted to use your own car, produce your own order of service sheets, use your own florist or submit your own obituary notice, then we are more than happy for you to do that, whatever makes the experience better for you.
Yes, we can arrange services for people of any faith, as well as non-religious services. We work with several local Humanist Celebrants and Celebrants who can conduct non-religious or less religious services. Whatever your requirements we will always try to accommodate them, where possible.
Yes, or you can start from our premises. We can collect family members in our limousines to meet the Hearse where the funeral is to take place. Whatever is best for you and your family.
We do provide pall bearers, although if you would prefer for family or friends to shoulder the coffin then we will provide the necessary help and guidance to make this possible.
Yes, we do require a deposit of the known disbursements prior to the funeral taking place, and then the outstanding balance invoice will be sent to you in the days following the funeral, with which you have a month to settle.
It is useful to ring and make an appointment to go through funeral arrangements so that we can ensure a funeral director is available to go through the details with you. If there is not a funeral director on the premises but Sarah is, she is also a fully qualified funeral director who is more than happy to go through things with you in their absence.