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Disclosure of interests

1: The ownership of R. J. Bray & Son is David John Bray and Beth Anne Bray.

2: There is no business or material financial interest in a price comparison website.

3: a: There has been no material charitable donation to a third party.

b: There has been no charitable contribution or payment of gratuity to a third party.

c: There has been no material form of payment to a third party that does not relate to a cost incurred or a service provided by the third party on behalf of or to R. J. Bray & Son.

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Terms of Business

We are a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) and the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) and subscribe to their current Codes of Practice, a copy of which is available upon request. We aim to act in a professional manner and provide a courteous, sensitive, and dignified service to you.

1 Estimates and Expenses. The estimate sets out the services we agree to supply. This estimate is an indication of the charges likely to be incurred based on the information and details we know at the date of the estimate. While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the estimate, the charges are liable to alteration particularly where third parties change their rates or charges. We may not know the amount of third-party charges in advance of the funeral; however, we give you a best estimate of such charges in the written estimate. The actual amount of the charges will be detailed and shown in the final account. If you amend your instructions, we may require your written confirmation of the changes. We may need to make an extra charge in accordance with prices published in our current price list.

2 Payment Arrangements. The funeral account is due for payment within thirty days of our invoice, unless otherwise agreed by us in writing. Also, we ask to be notified if your account is forwarded to a solicitor, acting on your behalf. We do not ask for a deposit. If you fail to pay us in full on the due date, we may charge you interest: - at a rate of 4% above our bank’s Base Rate from time to time in force; - calculated (on a daily basis) from the date of our account until payment; - compounded on the first day of each month; and - before and after any Judgment (unless a Court orders otherwise).

3 Indemnity. You are to indemnify us in full and hold us harmless from all expenses and liabilities we may incur (directly or indirectly including financing costs and including legal costs on a full indemnity basis) following any breach by you of any of your obligations under these Terms. This means that you are liable to us for losses we incur because you do not comply with these Terms. For example, we will charge you an administration fee where we receive a cheque from you which is subsequently not honoured or if we write to remind you that an account is overdue. If we instruct debt collection agents, we may also recover from you the fees we incur. We may claim those losses from you at any time and, if we have to take legal action, we will ask the Court to make you pay our legal costs.

4 Data Protection & GDPR 2018. We respect the confidential nature of the information given to us and, where you provide us with personal data ("data"), we will ensure that the data will be held securely, in confidence and processed for the purpose of carrying out our services. In order to provide our services, we may need to pass such data to third parties and those third parties, who are performing some of the services for you, may contact you directly. Under the Act you have the right to know what data we hold on you and you can, by applying to us in writing and paying a fee, receive copies of that data. The new GDPR regulations are dealt with by new written publications. You confirm that you have permission to also give consent to use all information you supply, including your relatives & friends, unless you specify.

5 Cooling-Off Period. The Cancellation of Consumer Contracts made in the Consumer’s Home or Place of Work etc Regulations 2008 may give you the right to terminate this agreement in the cooling-off period of 14 days. If you wish the performance of the agreement to which this right applies to commence before the end of the cooling-off period, you must sign the authority in the form which will be handed to you. In the event that you exercise the right to cancel this contract during the cooling-off period, you will be required to pay a reasonable amount for goods and services already supplied.

6 Termination. This agreement may also be terminated before the services are delivered: (1) by us if you fail to honour your obligations under these Terms and (2) by you communicating to us in writing, terminating your instructions. If we or you terminate your instructions you may, depending upon the reasons for termination, be asked to pay a reasonable amount based upon the work carried out up to the time your termination is received.

7 Standards of Service. The NAFD’s and SAIF’s Code of Practices require that we provide a high-quality service in all aspects. If you have any questions or concerns about the service we provide to you, please raise them in the first instance with our designated senior person. If that does not resolve the problem to your satisfaction the National Association of Funeral Directors through the NAFD Resolve provides a low-cost dispute resolution service, as an alternative to legal action. You can contact the Resolve at 618 Warwick Road, Solihull, West Midlands B91 1AA. The Resolve, and how it can be accessed, is explained in the leaflet entitled “Your Right to Put It Right” made available to you and on display on our premises. The Resolve provides independent conciliation All dates and times provided on the estimate cannot be guaranteed until final bookings are made and confirmed. Although we endeavour to provide a prompt and efficient service for you, there may be instances where, because of circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to fulfil our obligations to you on the date or time specified. Where this is the case, we will attempt to contact you in advance, using the details overleaf, and advise you of alternative arrangements. We cannot be responsible for the performance of all third parties which may include, but not specifically, Crematoria, Councils, Grave Diggers, Ministers, Civil Celebrants, Florists, Printers, Vehicle Hire, Newspapers, Hospitals, Doctors, Coroner, Registrar, International Repatriation Service Providers, etc.

8 Agreement. Your continuing instructions will amount to your continuing acceptance of these Terms of Business. Your instructions will not create any right enforceable (by virtue of the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties Act 1999) by any person not identified as our client. If any of these terms are unenforceable as drafted:- it will not affect the enforceability of any other of these Terms; and - if it would be enforceable if amended, it will be treated as so amended. Nothing in these Terms restricts or limits our liability for death or personal injury. This agreement is subject to English Law. If you decide to commence legal action, you may do so, in any appropriate UK Court.

9. Additional legal requirements. Any inappropriate items found in a coffin during our final closing down procedure will be discreetly disposed of.

10. If additional bearers are required, due to the size of Coffin or difficult access to the place of service then additional costs of £30 per bearer will be charged.

11. Any unclaimed items of clothing / effects will be discreetly disposed of after 14 days of date of death.

12. Instructions regarding cremated remains are to be issued by the cremation applicant and remain their ownership. Unless otherwise agreed.

13. We will update our website with funeral details. You will be asked your preferences with the information to be displayed.

14. Memory Giving, our on-line charitable donation processing partner, makes charges for use of their services, currently 5% & card charges. Please advise us if you do not wish to use their services.

 

 

Funeral Plans

To help relieve their families, an increasing number of people are planning their own funerals and quite often paying for them in advance.

We provide funeral plans in association with Golden Charter. Our most popular plan is ‘The Independent Way’ where we find out your wishes, and work out the costs involved locally. You decide on what kind of funeral you would like, you can specify every detail in advance, and you can personalise your arrangements any way you please.

By paying in advance our plans let you beat inflation, effectively freezing the funeral costs at today's prices. When the time comes‚ your loved ones will be spared much of the burden of organising a funeral. There will be no bill left for them to pay for the services covered by the plan, which has the financial security of being held in an independent trust fund.

At R J Bray & Son we guarantee that, as long as you stay in the same area, whatever you pay for on the plan, our costs and third party, no matter how much they increase, your family will not be asked to pay another penny.

All of our help and guidance with arranging funeral plans is free of charge. Golden Charter charge a one off arrangement fee of £249.00, but there are no additional charges in the future, meaning that all of your money is invested in your funeral plan.

These are just some of the benefits. If you would like more details, please contact us for a friendly chat. As we are funeral directors, and not salesmen, there will no pressure or obligation.

 


 

Bereavement Support Group

If you feel that it maybe a help to yourself, or members of your family, you will be very welcome to attend our Bereavement Support Group. 

This group is for people who have experienced bereavement, either recently, in past months, or even years. The aim of the group is to bring people together to share time and experiences with others in a similar situation. 

We know there are times when you might feel alone and seek some friendly faces, you may want to talk about your loss, or simply feel at ease and enjoy the company. 

Join us at our meetings for a cup of tea and a chat, meet people who are happy to listen and support you. 

There will also be a Bereavement Counsellor present, if anyone would like to have a private chat in one of our offices. 

The meetings will be monthly, and free of charge, between 4.00pm - 6.00pm at the Function Room, in our Funeral Home. 

If you feel that you would like to attend, please contact our office to confirm the date of the next meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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