So the death certificate was issued, there was no need to do a post mortem and today, Tom was moved from hospital to the Funeral home. We dropped some clothes off for him and picked up 3 rings that he's worn for years, his Mum's, his Grandma's and Aunty Alice on Joan's side.
Then we were told that the funeral could take place next Thursday. Thank goodness we thought, but hang on a minute, the only appointment we could get at the registrar's office to register the death was also Thursday.
In that case then, the funeral director informed us, it couldn't take place until the week after. They have to be in possession of the death certificate for 2 days before any burial or cremation can take place.
Which meant that as they were already fully booked on Monday and Tuesday didn't suit Tom's sister because she plays bingo and it's the only day of the week she goes out, we opted for Wednesday 19th August.
We really have no objection to Aunty Betty's weekly bingo bonanza. Regular readers may remember Tom told Betty to make sure her husband's funeral wasn't on a Wednesday as he always went to Bury. She willingly obliged so we have done the same for her.
In between thinking how ridiculously long funerals seem to take to organise in the UK I'm actually finding the formalities of them very interesting.