Family Tree do not just ‘do’ humanist funerals or green burials! Not a recent development, but brought home by the three most recent funerals we have arranged. Today we had an extraordinarily beautiful – even exciting – high church funeral in Tewkesbury Abbey.... 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... 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... A friend in Stroud sent me a link to an article in The Telegraph about ‘Britain’s Craziest Funerals’. Big colour picture of a brassy gold Batesville ‘Promethean’ casket ($24K) was followed by a bling-filled piece (possibly written by the... 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...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,...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...The Quaker ‘Friends’ Meeting House’ on Chestnut Hill in Nailsworth near Stroud most graciously allowed a family to hold their funeral there last week. There are not many places for a Stroud funeral as peaceful, as beautiful, nor as sweetly hosted as...There are many ways – here is one, at the beautiful Matara Centre, Kingscote Park, near Nailsworth, Gloucestershire. The coffin was brought into a side room, where friends and family could sit with their beloved father/friend/colleague, and write a message on a...James Showers was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live on his 68th birthday Dec 6 – as a Stroud Funeral Director who has had an interesting career.