Lewis Northen Independent Funeral Directors

Funeral Plans

Although a pre-paid funeral plan can cover all of the services above, there are some additional third party costs to consider. These are the costs for essential, non-funeral director services required to carry out a cremation or burial which need to be paid at the time of the funeral. These costs are outside our control. Depending on the plan type chosen, a Golden Charter funeral plan can include a contribution towards some third party costs.

They may include:
- Crematorium fee
- Minister or officiant’s fee
- Cemetery fee: the opening of a new or existing grave for burial or interment of cremated remains

Other third party costs that may be associated with a funeral include:
- Purchase of grave or lair
- Hire of church or other venue
- Fees for organist or soloist
- Memorial, such as a headstone, entry in a book of remembrance, or the planting of a tree
- Catering, floral tributes and newspaper announcements

There will only be more to pay at the time of the funeral if the third party costs exceed the allowance when you buy your plan, or if the costs increase by more than the growth of your plan. Even if prices rise in the future, once your plan is paid for, you’ll have the reassurance of knowing there’ll be nothing more to pay for our services included in the plan – guaranteed.

Payment options to suit you

With a Golden Charter funeral plan, you can pay for your plan in several ways. Spread the cost or make a one-off payment – simply choose the one that’s right for you. We will provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision.

The retail price of your funeral plan is representative of the equivalent cost of a funeral today plus an arrangement fee of £285 which is retained by Golden Charter to help cover the costs of setting up your plan.

Your payments are held within the Golden Charter Trust. With £1.2 billion under management,1 the Trust is operated by a Board of Trustees, completely independent of Golden Charter. Their role is to hold your payments and ensure that the funeral director services in your plan can be paid for at the time they are required – however far into the future that may be. For more information on how your payments are protected, please visit goldencharter.co.uk/faqs

Looking after you as a customer

As a Golden Charter plan holder, you’ll receive personalised plan documents, which include a summary of your plan, our details, your plan holder certificate and a personal membership card for you to carry in your purse or wallet. You can add a nominated representative to your plan if you wish to do so. Your nominated representative will receive a letter which will provide details of your plan and our details, as your chosen funeral director. They will have no authority to make changes to your plan.

You’ll also receive a statement from Golden Charter every three years which will be sent via your preferred contact method.

As your funeral director, we’ll hold full details of your funeral plan. When the time comes, one phone call is all it takes to activate your plan and get the arrangements underway.

Ready to take the next step? Get in touch today

As well as the comfort of having a plan in place, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with being able to help save your family from worry and expense in the future. So why not take the next step?

Lewis Northen Independent Funeral Directors is an appointed representative of Golden Charter Limited trading as Golden Charter Funeral Plans which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN:965279).

Confirmed by Golden Charter Trust’s audited accounts at 31 March 2022.

Register Offices

Beverley District

Walkergate House
Beverley, HU17 9BP

Phone: 01482 393600

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed Every First Wednesday PM of Each Month

East Riding District Cottingham

Council Offices
Market Green
Cottingham, HU16 5QG

Phone: 01482 393565

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed Every First Wednesday PM of Each Month. Saturdays Available by Appointment.

Hull District

The Wilson Centre
Alfred Gelder Street
Hull, HU1 2AG

Phone: 01482 300300

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays Available by Appointment

Coroner’s Office

H.M. Coroner
The Guildhall
Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AA

Phone: 01482 613009

Opening Hours:

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1 Lincoln Way,
HU17 8RH
info@lewisnorthenfuneraldirectors.co.uk 01482 888 658