Making the Day Personal

Whether you opt for a traditional service or choose something more personal, we can help you with every aspect of creating a farewell that’s fitting for your loved one.

Whilst most things are possible, please be aware that there may be some restrictions when it comes to certain things; some items cannot be placed in a coffin if you opt for cremation, for example. Talk to us about what you would like and we’ll explain what’s possible and arrange it for you.

Music

Music can bring back special memories and many people find it comforting to include a certain piece of music in the service.

There’s no restriction on the type of music you can choose, so you don’t need to choose a religious or classical piece if you’d prefer not to. Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” or even “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” are both common choices.

Once you’ve chosen the music, let us know and we’ll make sure that everything is arranged.

Flowers

From a traditional wreath to a personalised tribute such as a name or floral teddy bear, there are very few limits to what can be done in terms of floral tributes.

Many people choose to have family flowers only and ask others to make a donation to a certain charity or charities instead; of you would like to do this we can take care it on your behalf.

The coffin

Sitting down to choose the casket or coffin can be distressing and difficult. It’s only natural to want to pick the best one available, but you shouldn’t feel that you have to select the most expensive or ornate model.

We suggest that you choose something that reflects the wishes or tastes of your loved one, as well as your budget; nobody would want or expect you to spend more than you can comfortably afford.

The range of coffins available may surprise you, as well as traditional wooden designs; you can also opt for more modern ones made of willow, cardboard or even wool. We also have picture coffins that can be customised with your choice of images, drawings, photographs or other designs.

Transport

Making a last journey special will mean different things to different people.

It’s not unusual to arrange for the cortege to take a certain route, perhaps past an old family home, a certain park or landmark, or building that the deceased had connections with.

The choice of vehicles can also help reflect their personality – for example, a motorcycle hearse may be apt for a keen biker or someone with a sense of adventure.

In addition to traditional motor vehicles and horse drawn hearses, we can also source more unusual vehicles. Simply let us know what you feel is fitting and we will arrange it for you.

We can also help you work out how many cars are needed and plan seating and numbers for you.

Even in an otherwise traditional service, you can opt to make one or two elements more personal; how much or how little is up to you and your family or the wishes of your loved one. Saying goodbye is a deeply personal experience and there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to do it.