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Losing a loved one is one of the hardest things any of us will have to deal with in life...

At Seaton Leng we’re here to provide help and support at this difficult time, gently guiding you through all of the funeral arrangements.

As one of the largest and longest-established funeral companies in the North East of England, our family-run firm has been supporting the local community for over 100 years.

James Tindale

James Tindale - Managing Director

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When you’re faced with organising a funeral it can be difficult to know where to begin

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At Seaton Leng we’ll gently guide you through every stage - removing any stresses or worries you may have.

We’ll take care of all the practical arrangements - giving you the reassurance that every detail has been carefully considered. We’ll clearly explain all of the choices and help you make the decisions that are right for you and your family.

For general enquiries please contact us via email at enquiries@seatonleng.com or to speak to us directly please telephone 01325 465 647


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There are many of us who wish to make personal funeral arrangements, not only for our own peace of mind for the future, but also to prevent those close to us from making these decisions at a difficult time.

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Please click on the Bamburgh | Durham links below for more details.

For general enquiries please contact us via email at enquiries@seatonleng.com or to speak to us directly please telephone 01325 465 647

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Bereavement is a sensitive time when family & friends experience a wide range of emotions.

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On these occasions, the timeless beauty of flowers provides a unique opportunity to express these feelings and can bring comfort to the bereaved. From a natural arrangement to a more formal tribute, the emotive language of flowers is boundless.

For general enquiries please contact us via email at enquiries@seatonleng.com or to speak to us directly please telephone 01325 465 647

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If you’re planning a burial service, our supportive and experienced funeral directors are here to guide you through every step

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If you’re not sure about any of the details just yet, don’t worry. We can answer any questions you may have, helping you make the decisions that are right for you and your family.

For general enquiries please contact us via email at enquiries@seatonleng.com or to speak to us directly please telephone 01325 465 647

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Our funeral directors will provide guidance and assistance to you at all times.

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If you’re not sure about any of the details just yet, don’t worry. We can answer any questions you may have, helping you make the decisions that are right for you and your family.

For general enquiries please contact us via email at enquiries@seatonleng.com or to speak to us directly please telephone 01325 465 647

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  • Can I make funeral arrangements before a death is registered?
    Yes - It is important to contact a funeral director as soon as possible in order for them to be able to guide and assist you at this time. Funeral arrangements can be made before a death is registered, however, it may not be possible to confirm the day/time of funeral or place a newspaper announcement until registration has taken place.
  • A death has occurred in hospital - how soon can the person be moved from hospital into the care of a funeral director?
    This is dependent on whether the funeral will be burial or cremation. A death is often required to be registered, however, a person can be moved relatively quickly when burial is to take place. For cremation to take place, it is necessary for medical forms to be completed by two doctors (these may take approximately 48 hours for completion) before a person can be moved into a funeral directors' care.
  • The coroner is involved, do I have to wait before I contact a funeral director?
    No - Contact a funeral director as soon as you feel ready, as some preliminary arrangements are able to be made for the funeral. You will not be able to finalise the arrangements until the coroner grants the necessary authorisation for a funeral service to take place.
  • We are due to go away on holiday, but are concerned about an elderly relative - what provisions can we make in case something happens?
    Ideally, you will need to leave some contact details and instructions for a funeral service with a nursing home / carer / neighbour etc. to enable a funeral director to be contacted in the event of something happening. The person can then be moved into the care of a funeral director who will be able to provide advice and guidance on registering the death and may be able to make some arrangements for the funeral ready for your return.
  • What about environmentally friendly funerals?
    Please ring to discuss this with us, or click on contact us for some general information. We are able to provide eco-friendly coffins and help you with your enquiries.
  • What to do when someone dies at HOME?
    Ring for a doctor to attend who will certify that death has taken place. (The doctor will, if able to, usually issue a Medical Certificate Of Cause Of Death which will be required by the Registrar.) Ring for a funeral director to attend who will arrange to move the person into their care (a 24 hour service is provided for this reason). A death is required to be registered at the local registrars in the district in which the death has occurred within 5 working days. In addition to other forms, the registrars will issue a green certificate for Notification of Burial or Cremation which is required by the funeral director in order for a service to take place. For Darlington, please telephone the Registrar of Births, Deaths & Marriages, Backhouse Hall, Bull Wynd, Darlington, DL1 5RG. Tel: 01325 406 400 to make an appointment (The Medical Certificate Of Cause Of Death must be available in order to do this). Funeral arrangements may be made as soon as you feel ready to do so.
  • What to do when someone dies at THE HOSPITAL?
    The hospital doctors will arrange for a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to be issued as soon as possible, and staff will advise you when this will be available for collection. The registrars should be contacted in order to make an appointment to register the death (please refer to details above). A funeral director should be contacted as soon as you feel ready to do so, who will be able to help and guide you through this difficult time.
  • When a death is referred to THE CORONER?
    In certain circumstances a death may be referred to the coroner. In these instances, please contact a funeral director who will be able to advise you.

For general enquiries please contact us via email at enquiries@seatonleng.com or to speak to us directly please telephone 01325 465 647

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Seaton Leng & Son Ltd, Funeral Directors.
59A Bondgate, Darlington, Co. Durham DL3 7JR.