Coming out of the Cocoon

Coming out of the Cocoon

As we head into July, the funeral world is looking more like its old self though there is still a way to go, and things change week by week. Face to Face: we are now holding socially-distanced arrangement meetings in our office; the option remains to use Zoom or the...
His final flight

His final flight

Funeral directing is not known to be a barrel of laughs. But it has its lighter moments. Here is a recent enquiry. “I was wondering if you could offer some advice. Would I be allowed to incorporate a Cooper’s Hill (near Gloucester) element into my burial? I plan...
Bringing The Funeral Home

Bringing The Funeral Home

Several weeks into this pandemic, and as funeral content is forced to shrink, a space opens up to develop new practices, with the possibility of  greater poignancy and deepened intimacy amongst the much reduced attendance. A small, simple funeral can bring intimacy...
A young daughter’s tribute

A young daughter’s tribute

Bicycles, sushi, sweets, pizza, nature, stars, mountains and the ‘King of the Mountains’ jersey– the story of a young father’s life as seen and painted by his very talented six-year-old daughter in the kitchen in their house on the Bath Rd,  Stroud. A very simple...
The fastest getaway car in the world

The fastest getaway car in the world

Family Tree have been known for doing funerals that are somehow ‘different’; if we are asked to help with a ‘traditional’ funeral which has that familiar look and feel, there are still aspects we can suggest –  together with the family – will reflect the...
Dying Matters Awareness Week

Dying Matters Awareness Week

Ever keen to raise awareness of end of life issues, Family Tree Funerals are hosting an event and taking part in this week long national awareness-raising event;  around the country events will be taking place which aim to get death, dying and bereavement to be taken...
Rings on her Fingers

Rings on her Fingers

I can clearly see the shapes and shades of the back of my father’s hands, the bruised copper bracelet he wore on his wrist to help with his arthritis: and he died in 1977. I vividly remember my mother’s lovely rings. They were part of her. Amongst the 90...
Life in the Grave

Life in the Grave

Before the actual funeral we always check the grave for correct placement (and sizing!); often we would line it with hay, or leaves, or lavender – even soft branches – anything to soften the rather austere looking clay/shale floor. Checking the grave at Gloucester...

Shoulder High, with Friends

In the USA coffins are trundled on wheeled trolleys. Not so in the grand old United Kingdom: or at least in our Stroud funerals! Here friends and family hoist their beloved shoulder high and can swagger and stagger together with him one last time down the aisle. Here,...

Farewell to the revolving door funeral in Stroud

Stroud funerals are becoming more intimate and more personal as friends and family take their time to say farewell. Farewell the quick 20 minutes at the crem. Here at Matara, a coffin rests in a quiet room while people can pay their last respects.  Surely this is part...

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