Dignified. Affordable. Professional

Melia Powell Funeral Service serve the Keighley and wider Skipton and Bradford communities.

We are committed to offering you total peace of mind at an extremely difficult time of your life. The respect and dignity of someone precious to you is our primary concern, and we promise to guide, support, and lead you through a difficult time.

We know how important it is to feel valued and loved and our commitment to your family is to take every worry away from you concerning a funeral, and keep a close eye on the costs so that you can be assured of the very best care at a family affordable price.

Call us on 0800 092 0959 for funeral advice, 24 hours a days 365 days a year.

We believe everybody deserves a compassionate and dignified farewell Melia Powell Funeral Service offers an affordable, no-fuss cremation without a formal funeral service. We do this from just £975 inclusive. This is our basic funeral service designed for families who are seeking a simple cremation service, or where their budget is limited. But you can still upgrade your package by adding additional services.

Direct Cremation - £975


  • Expert Guidance and Support
  • Transfer of your Loved One
  • Care and Preparation
  • Simple Coffin
  • Crematorium of Our Choice
  • Transfer to the Crematorium
  • All Cremation Fees
  • Scattering the Ashes




Additional Services


  • Out of Hours Collection – £195
  • Coffin Upgrade – from £185
  • Embalming – £120
  • Dressing in Own Clothes - £75
  • Viewing & Dressing - £130
  • Additional Mileage – £2.00 per mile
  • Courier Delivery of Ashes – POA


0800 092 0959


We offer a service that combines traditional values with modern standards We offer a wide choice of funeral styles from the simplest to the most sumptuous, with crystal clear pricing for every family with the promise of no hidden costs. We will provide you with a very clear and easy to understand estimate of costs which we will tailor around your wishes.

Simple Funeral - £1,535


  • Expert Guidance and Support
  • Transfer of your Loved One
  • Care and Preparation
  • Simple Veneered Wood Coffin
  • Limited Choice of Service Date/Time
  • Director, Bearers and Hearse
  • Direct to Crematorium
  • All Cremation Fees
  • Attended Service
  • Celebrant/Officiant (Optional)
  • Return of Ashes




Classic Funeral - £2,770


  • Expert Guidance and Support
  • Transfer of your Loved One
  • Care and Preparation
  • Worcester Veneered Wood Coffin
  • Service Time of your Choice
  • Director, Bearers and Hearse
  • Limousine
  • Cortege on your Choice of Route
  • All Cremation Fees
  • Attended Service
  • Celebrant/Officiant (Optional)
  • 50 Orders of Service
  • Return of Ashes




Premier Funeral - £3,245


  • Expert Guidance and Support
  • Transfer of your Loved One
  • Care and Preparation
  • Westminster Solid Wood Coffin
  • Service Time of your Choice
  • Director, Bearers and Hearse
  • Limousine and Jaguar Saloon
  • Cortege on your Choice of Route
  • All Cremation Fees
  • Attended Service
  • Celebrant/Officiant (Optional)
  • 50 Orders of Service
  • Return of Ashes




Where we operate We arrange for the collection of your loved one from a hospital, hospice or coroner’s mortuary within 25 miles of our base in Keighley during normal working hours* (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays). Outside of this area (see Google map below) additional mileage is charged at £2.00 per mile in mainland UK.

If we are asked to collect outside of our normal weekday working hours or over Bank Holidays, we may be able to assist you but please note that an additional fee of £195 would apply.
Simply ask us for details and we will confirm all costs before you decide to go ahead.

Prepaid Funeral Plans from £1,845 Planning ahead for your own funeral can give you peace of mind.
Ensuring that our families don’t have any extra burdens at a difficult time is important to all of us. With our help you can plan in advance so everything is taken care of and your wishes are followed.

Call us on 0800 092 0959

Funeral Planning Guides Our friendly team at Melia Powell Funeral Service are here to help you at this very difficult time. We have created a guide for you, full of useful information to help you plan a funeral.

A death should be registered before arranging the funeral and is usually carried out by a relative. If no relative is available, the registration can be carried out by any person who is present at the death, the occupier of the premises where the death occurred or the person accepting responsibility for arranging the funeral.

The death needs to be registered at a Registrar’s Office within five days. Take your time to collect yourself and gather all the documents and information required, as this will make the process much easier for you.

The death should be registered in the area where it occurred, but if you cannot get to a Registrar’s Office in that area, you can register it at one of your choice – this is called Registry by Proxy. The various certificates will then be forwarded to the Registrar where the death occurred. Bear in mind this will mean a delay in the issuing of the certificates, and the funeral arrangements cannot be finalised until the certificates have been obtained.

The Registrar will need the following information about the person who has died:

  • Full name and any previous names used
  • Date and place of death
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Last address
  • If married, full name, date of birth and occupation of the surviving spouse
  • If they were in receipt of any state pension or benefits

They will also need the following documents:

  • The Medical Certificate of Cause of Death
  • The NHS medical card of the person who has died (if available)
  • The Birth certificate of the person who has died
  • The Marriage or civil partnership certificate of the person who has died (if applicable)

Once the Registrar has the required information and documents, they will issue the following certificates which enable you to start arranging the funeral and sorting out the affairs of the person who has died:

Certificate for Burial or Cremation – also known as the ‘green form’

This certificate is free of charge and needs to be given to the funeral director as soon as possible, as it gives permission for the person who has died to be buried or cremated. In cases where the coroner is involved, this certificate may not be issued. Instead a separate certificate will be issued directly to the funeral director.

Certificate of Registration of Death BD8 – also known as the ‘white form’

Another free certificate. This is used where the person who has died was in receipt of any state pensions or benefits. This form is used in all cases and should be sent to the address on the back of the form, along with any relevant pension books.

Death Certificate

A Certified Copy of an entry of death (more commonly known as a death certificate) is issued as legal proof of the death and is required to settle the affairs and estate of the person who has died.

This is the only form you will have to pay for. You might want to consider purchasing several copies, as you will need a separate one each time you deal with a bank, pension company, insurer or any other organisation.

Companies such as these will always require an original and not a photocopy. However, they will almost certainly return it if you prefer to pay for a single copy and use it more than once.

As well as letting relatives and friends know about the death, you will have to close bank and building society accounts or cancel or change insurance details, agreements, payments or direct debits.

These might include:

  • Employer
  • School
  • Solicitor/Accountant
  • Bank and Building Society
  • Utility Suppliers
  • Phone and Broadband Provider

Government organisations:

  • The relevant Tax Office
  • National Insurance Contributions Office if they were self-employed (to cancel payments)
  • Child Benefit Office (at the latest within eight weeks)
  • Local authority if they paid Council Tax, had a parking permit, were issued with a Blue Badge for disabled parking, or received social services help, attended day care or similar
  • UK Identity and Passport Service, to return and cancel a passport
  • DVLA, to return any driving license, cancel car tax or return car registration documents/change ownership

If you’re unsure about whether a particular organisation not listed here needs to be informed, please call Melia Powell Funeral Service for further advice. We can also help you with the wording and placing of announcements in local or national papers.

With the Certificate for Burial or Cremation your funeral director can start to make detailed arrangements for the funeral itself, although most will always be happy to discuss your wishes informally before this is available.

If there is a will, it’s a good idea to contact the executor so they can start the process of obtaining probate and to see if the person who has died has left any instructions for their funeral. We can help you in finding a reputable probate specialist if you need support in this area.

It’s also worth checking to see if there is a pre-paid funeral plan in place. As well as indicating the wishes of the person who has died, it should cover most of the costs involved.

Wills & Probate

Dealing with the financial matters of someone who has died is difficult, but essential.

If they have made a will appointing one or more executors, they can apply for a ‘Grant of Probate’ by contacting the local Probate Registry Office. If you are one of the named executors this will make it easier for you. This ‘Grant’ is a legal document, which confirms you have the authority to deal with the assets of the person who has died, such as property, money and possessions. The grant can be used to show that you have the right to access funds, sort out finances, and collect and share out the person’s assets, as set out in the will.

If there is no will, a close relative can apply to the Probate Registry to deal with the estate. In this case, they apply for a ‘Grant of Letters of Administration’. If the Grant is given, they are known as ‘Administrators’ of the estate.

Like the Grant of Probate, the Grant of Letters of Administration is a legal document which confirms the Administrator’s authority to deal with the person’s assets.

Every situation will be different and unique to the individual who has died. To help you choose a legal provider who offers a fair and fixed price, with no hidden extras and a dedicated Case Manager who should ensure that the estate work is handled quickly, your Funeral Director should be able to recommend a specialist with the relevant experience.

The first decision you’ll need to make is whether to choose a burial or cremation.

Burial used to be the only option available and is where the term ‘laying to rest’ comes from. Many consider it a gentler and more natural process than cremation, providing a physical point of contact and a place to visit can help with the grieving process. Burial also offers greater choice over the possessions that can be placed into the coffin and what the person who has died can wear. With burial there are two main options:

Burial in a Churchyard or Cemetery

Most burials take place in a churchyard and you may already have an existing family grave. However, you still need to check there is space available. In this instance, the Funeral Director will need to see the exclusive right of burial, known as the deeds for the plot to assist in their arrangements. Remember, there will be fees for reopening an existing grave and amending the headstone.

The cost of a new plot varies across the country, and you buy the exclusive right of burial, a leasehold interest, in a particular plot for a period of time, no longer than 100 years. Your Funeral Director will be able to advise you on the local availability of plots and options.

Natural and Woodland Burials

Set in peaceful, natural countryside, woodland burials provide a non-religious or more sustainable alternative to traditional cemeteries and churchyards.

Natural burial sites do not usually allow the grave to be marked with a permanent memorial. Those that do, allow you to plant a tree on the grave with a simple metal, wooden or slate memorial plaque. Usually, no other grave ornaments are allowed, which means that visiting the precise site of the grave may be difficult without the aid of GPS.

With no headstones or other markers, the whole site acts as a memorial to everyone who is buried there, rather than just the grave itself, and retains the splendour of the surrounding landscape and enhances biodiversity.

Burial at Sea is another less common option – speak to your funeral director or arranger for more advice.


Cremation is usually less expensive than burial, and enables you to keep the cremated remains, (often referred to as ashes), and can give you more choice after the funeral for a memorial event. It also avoids the need to find a suitable burial plot.

When choosing a cremation, you can decide on a church service followed by a short committal ceremony at the crematorium, or just a service at the crematorium. Alternatively, you can just have the cremation with no ceremony at all, or have a ceremony and memorial at a later date with the cremated remains as the focal point.

Due to the popularity of cremation, a specific time is allocated to each service, leading some families to feel that they are in a queue, especially if they are met by the next group of mourners when leaving the service. A double slot can be booked to give you more time, although this would involve an extra fee. Alternatively, you can choose a service in a church with a separate memorial service elsewhere, and just attend the crematorium for the committal.

Other considerations

Once you’ve made your decision about burial or cremation, you’ll need to think about details such as the type of coffin, travelling to the funeral and the kind of floral tributes you’d like to see.

The person who has died may have expressed their wishes for the kind of funeral they wanted which you can discuss with the funeral director or arranger. Without this information, it may be worth thinking about the following to help you decide on the most appropriate arrangements:

  • Would they want a religious, semi-religious or non-religious ceremony?
  • What style of funeral would they have liked, elaborate or simple, traditional or modern?
  • Do you want to express their unique personality in elements of the ceremony?
  • How much family involvement would you like in the planning of the funeral and participation in the ceremony?
  • Are there any ethical considerations such as a ‘green’ funeral?

You can find a full list of everything you’ll need to consider in Melia Powell Funeral Service step-by-step guide.

In most cases it will be possible to visit the person who has died in the chapel of rest before the funeral and say your last goodbyes. Some people find this helps them come to terms with the death, especially if it was unexpected.

It is entirely up to you if you wish to visit the body or not; at the time of arrangement, a Melia Powell Funeral Service funeral arranger will discuss this to help you make the right decision for you. They will agree a suitable day and time for you to visit, this is usually a couple of days before the funeral ceremony, once all of the legal documentation has been completed by the doctors or coroner.

Once the coffin or casket has been decided upon, you will be asked to choose what you would like the person who has died to be dressed in. This could be their own clothes or one of our range of gowns which complement the style of coffin or casket. If you choose own clothes, we would need a full complement, (including underwear). Shoes may also be worn for visiting but may need to be removed at the final stage before cremation depending upon the material – your arranger will advise you.

All the people entrusted into our care are treated with the utmost respect and dignity. Prior to being placed in the coffin or casket, they will be washed, shaved, dressed, their features set and hair styled, regardless of whether visiting is to take place or not.

However, if you do wish to visit the person who has died in the chapel of rest, we would strongly recommend hygienic treatment, commonly known as embalming. This is for three reasons:

Presentation – so the skin tone can be restored and enhance the appearance. Preservation – to slow down the deterioration process which naturally occurs to the body. Prevention – to stop the spread of infection or contamination to both yourselves and our team members.

Hygienic treatment is a highly skilled procedure carried out by fully trained professionals; your funeral arranger can talk you through the process in more detail if you wish.

If you can provide us with a photograph of the person who has died, we can try our best to style their hair as they would have worn it, and for ladies we can apply make up.

Visiting someone in the chapel of rest may be a daunting experience, especially if you have not been through the experience before. You do not have to go through this alone; we are happy to accompany you into the chapel and stay with you as long as you like. During your visit you may wish to place items into the coffin such as letters, cards, teddy bears, flowers, poems or personal items. This is absolutely fine, the items will then remain in the coffin when it is closed and stay with the person who has died for the rest of their journey.

HM Coroners

In some cases, the person who has died may be referred to HM Coroner for further investigation. This is usually if the death is unexpected, due to an accident or surrounded by suspicious circumstances. If a person has not been treated by a GP or hospital in the 14 days prior to death, then they will automatically be referred to the Coroner. Sometimes a post mortem may take place to determine the cause of death; if this occurs you will be fully informed by the Coroner’s Officer and we can answer any questions you may have. A post mortem will not alter the appearance of the person who has died or prevent them from being prepared in the same way.

Religious wash and dress

If as part of your religion you would like to wash and dress the person who has died yourself, this can be arranged. We can organise a suitable day and time for you to have exclusive access to our facilities and provide any necessary assistance.

There is no legal obligation to hold a funeral service although most cultures and religions observe funeral rites. As well as an occasion to show love and respect to the person who has died, it gives family and friends another way to say goodbye, express their grief and acknowledge the death – all of which can be beneficial to the grieving process.

The ceremony can be as formal or as informal as you wish and it’s entirely up to you how much a part religion should have to play.

As a highly personal way to celebrate an individual’s life, there are numerous possibilities and almost anything can be considered. Contact us and we’ll be happy to run through the choices available and help you decide.

Some common considerations are whether you’d like hymns or prayers or a special piece of music played. You could also think about poetry or a reading and, if you want, photographs displayed.

To help you decide, you’ll find a list of options in the Melia Powell Funeral Service step-by-step guide.

Words are inevitably difficult to find when faced with the death of a close family member or friend. This is why people often choose flowers, pictures, popular songs or music to help express their feelings at a funeral.

Melia Powell Funeral Service can help give you ideas and suggestions for what might be appropriate and also play pieces of music or songs for you during the funeral arrangement if you are not familiar with some of the more popular choices.

Ultimately, there are no right or wrong choices; it will all be down to your own individual preferences, reflecting the character and personality of the person who has died.

If you would like some ideas for funeral hymns, music or popular song choices suggested by Melia Powell Funeral Service funeral arrangers, download the examples on the right.

What happens after the ceremony is once again a highly personal choice and there are no obligations.

You may wish to release balloons or doves.

Would you like a book of condolence available for people attending the funeral to write messages and memories in?  Would you like to keep the floral cards as a keepsake?  Perhaps have a piper or brass band to play music whilst you leave  the ceremony and chat to friends.  Your Melia Powell Funeral Service funeral director can organise all of these for you.

You may want to consider a reception afterwards or you may decide to take some time alone or with close friends and family, our drivers will take you back to the venue of your choice.

To help you decide follow our step-by-step guide.

There are so many ways to remember someone who has died, with a physical or even online memorial. It’s likely to be very personal to you and can provide a place in which to remember and reflect.

Physical memorials could be a headstone, an obelisk or statue, a tree you have planted or a cairn. Alternatively, it can be as simple as a bunch of flowers. Many people find comfort in a memorial like a charitable trust, a campaign or an annual event or good cause.

Acknowledgement Notices

You may wish to thank those who have supported you during a difficult time. This can be through an announcement in local or national newspapers or you may want to write personally to certain individuals.

Melia Powell Funeral Service support continues for as long as you need us so feel free to contact us no matter how long after the funeral and we’ll always be glad to help.

Our responsibility of care doesn’t end after the funeral. We’ll still be here for you at the end of a phone or in our branch should you ever need further advice or support.

Additionally, Melia Powell Funeral Service support local community and charity events, arrange local coffee mornings, memorial services and connect people with organisations that can help them. Please contact us if you’d like to be kept informed of these events and we’ll keep you updated.

After the funeral, you may find people appear to be avoiding you or are unwilling to talk about the person who has died. This is often because they don’t know what to say – but we recognise that remembering and talking about that person is an important part of the grieving process.

If you or someone you know are finding it difficult to cope with grief, or you would just like to talk to someone outside of your family and friends, there are a wide range of organisations that can offer support, alternatively please ring our bereavement advice line on 0808 164 2239 Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 2pm.

We accept payment by debit or credit card over the phone.

We also offer Funeral Finance from Funeral Safe. Click here to find our more.

Note that full payment must be made prior to us undertaking the services you have requested.

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If you want to arrange a Melia Powell Funeral Service cremation, need urgent advice or to ask us about any aspect of our funerals services, simply get in touch on 0800 092 0959.
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