Different funeral arrangements?

We will inform you of the choices and work with you to design and arrange a funeral that is a tribute – and honours the life of the person who has died. Working together with you we will make even the simplest, the most traditional or the most ornate funeral special, and all those present will feel it.

If there is something that you would like to talk about that is not listed below then please contact us on 01453 767769.

Traditional Funerals

Traditional burial: Typically, a service at the church or cemetery chapel led by a minister, with a traditional coffin brought in a hearse, followed by burial in the churchyard or the local cemetery.

Simple cremation: A service led by a minister in the crematorium chapel, with a traditional coffin brought in a hearse, followed by the cremation.

Green Funerals

A green funeral usually involves a coffin made of natural, biodegradable materials and burial in a natural burial ground or on private land. 

This involves a less formal ceremony led by a minister, friend or celebrant in some specially chosen venue, followed by burial in a natural or woodland burial site, or on your own land.

All materials would be biodegradable …..  for example the coffin would be made from cardboard, woven willow, woven bamboo; and no chemicals would be used.

A family wanting a green funeral will often want to be more involved in the different parts of the process. Your choice entirely!

Alternative Funerals

A funeral need not be a dark, gloomy affair if you don’t want it to be

Together we will find many small ways to make the funeral uniquely personal to the one who has died. This way, you can give them a ‘farewell’ a bit more like they themselves might have wanted, as well as feel good about what you have done for those left behind.

For example:

Burial at sea – The funeral service can be held locally, to then be followed by burial at sea in full maritime tradition a day or so later. The nearest port of embarkation is in Lymington in Hampshire, about 17 miles east of Bournemouth. We then sail out to the ‘Needles’, West of the Isle of Wight for a service on the boat followed by the burial.

We will work with you to design and arrange exactly the type of funeral
that you and your family feel is right
for the person who has died.

Ideas for making the funeral special

We have a lot of experience in tailoring funeral arrangements to help make the day more personal and about the person who has died. For example:

1) Include the Minister in a briefing meeting with us all, to help them (and you) make the most of every opportunity of making the service personal.

2) If you do not have a particular religious faith, ask your uncle or a family friend to lead the ceremony; we can put you in touch with a Humanist minister, or the right independent or civil celebrant who – with your guidance – will create a beautiful and personal ceremony.

3) Members of the family and friends of any age and any sex can carry the coffin.

4) Double time can be booked at the crematorium (for under £200 more than the regular slot).

5) Candles can be used in many locations( not Cheltenham Crematorium, sadly).

6) The service can include your own choice of special music, played live or on a CD. You can also have a time of silence, in between tributes, songs, poetry, letters and memories spoken by friends, colleagues and family members – including children. The service is yours to design as you want. We will help if you want!

7) Family and friends can decorate the coffin beforehand. . We can put you in touch with an artist who will design and paint it to match your ideas. We can tie ivy fronds on to the sides; people can bring flowers from their gardens to put on the coffin, or used to line the grave. Instead of being left at the crematorium, flower bunches can be taken to the gathering afterwards, or to a local care home or hospice.

8) There is a wide range of possibilities for ashes following the cremation and we would be pleased to work with you on any of these, so please contact us for details.

Changes in Funerals

The video below shows you how funerals have changed throughout the years, and how a certain royal funeral changed funerals forever.

“It does not seem almost a month ago that we all gathered to say goodbye to J. Family and friends still agree that it was a strangely beautiful day, and beneficial to all of us in our various states of …

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S.D

Frampton on Severn

“It does not seem almost a month ago that we all gathered to say goodbye to J. Family and friends still agree that it was a strangely beautiful day, and beneficial to all of us in our various states of shock and grief. K – J’s friend, thanked us for ‘the proudest moment of his life’ – and it was clearly important to many others that J. had a ‘hands-on’ farewell. Thank you for that.”

S.D

Frampton on Severn

“Thank you. Thank you for making what could have been a nightmare very beautiful. You inspired us to be creative and to truly celebrate our daddy openly, and we are all very grateful to you for that…

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H.B

Bath

“Thank you. Thank you for making what could have been a nightmare very beautiful. You inspired us to be creative and to truly celebrate our daddy openly, and we are all very grateful to you for that. It is profound and beautiful to turn sad introspection into theatrical celebration – and that was in fact the essence of our father. He would have loved it! Thank you for your patience and kindness.”

H.B

Bath

“Incredible, yesterday. Most splendid funeral I have ever attended, and unfortunately I have attended many. Thank you again. I know you made my granddaughter happy. She is a different girl today, mu…

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R

Stroud

“Incredible, yesterday. Most splendid funeral I have ever attended, and unfortunately I have attended many. Thank you again. I know you made my granddaughter happy. She is a different girl today, much more positive, and going back to college next week ……….your “send-off” for her mother did something wonderful for her.”

R

Stroud

“It was a beautiful funeral; I know that if you had not been so flexible and had so many good ideas it would not have been like this. We’ve had lots of feedback from Mum’s friends about what a g…

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Q

Stroud

“It was a beautiful funeral; I know that if you had not been so flexible and had so many good ideas it would not have been like this. We’ve had lots of feedback from Mum’s friends about what a good funeral it was.”

Q

Stroud

“On behalf of my mother, and my wife, I sincerely thank you for all your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion shown to us all before, during, and after Dad’s funeral. I was a deeply emotional t…

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L.T

Cashes Green, Stroud

“On behalf of my mother, and my wife, I sincerely thank you for all your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion shown to us all before, during, and after Dad’s funeral. I was a deeply emotional time for us, and your personal assistance helped us enormously. The planning for Dad’s funeral was so trouble free, all thanks to you. We all had no doubts that everything would not run smoothly on the day with you at the helm, and as thought, it did. The layout and contents of Dad’s service sheet just added the final touch to making Dad’s funeral so memorable for us. Thanks again for all your support.”

L.T

Cashes Green, Stroud

“I am so glad to have had your kindly and helpful support over the past couple of years whilst I have been preparing for Mum’s death. My sister and I found your gentle, low-key, but professional p…

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Dr B.W

Malvern

“I am so glad to have had your kindly and helpful support over the past couple of years whilst I have been preparing for Mum’s death. My sister and I found your gentle, low-key, but professional presence during the closing of the coffin – and throughout the funeral – very reassuring, and we both thank you most sincerely for making the experience one of great calm and peace.”

Dr B.W

Malvern

“We were all extremely happy with your arrangements for Mum’s funeral – she left clear instructions for some of the main details and I believe we complied with them in a dignified and intimate w…

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D.O

Kings Stanley

“We were all extremely happy with your arrangements for Mum’s funeral – she left clear instructions for some of the main details and I believe we complied with them in a dignified and intimate way. I have not attended many funeral ceremonies in my life but I believe we all felt that we could not have done more to make it a more meaningful occasion and one in which we all could make a personal contribution. I think it can be too easy to be a superficial participant. I thank you again for your discrete participation.”

D.O

Kings Stanley

“Thank you once again for all your care, support and concern during the past couple of weeks.”

V.W

Chalford

“Thank you once again for all your care, support and concern during the past couple of weeks.”

V.W

Chalford

“Instead of it being a very sad and stilted occasion, it seemed to me a very natural progression from a very happy life to a well earned rest. Your kind way of steering us all in the right direction, an…

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V.C

Nailsworth

“Instead of it being a very sad and stilted occasion, it seemed to me a very natural progression from a very happy life to a well earned rest. Your kind way of steering us all in the right direction, and ensuring that things ran smoothly without a lot of fuss was very much appreciated. It was very pleasing for us all to be able to play our part under your quiet guidance.”

V.C

Nailsworth

“We want to say how fortunate we feel to have had the pleasure of meeting you, and how confidently we feel that our wishes will be met.”

E.L and B.J

Painswick

“We want to say how fortunate we feel to have had the pleasure of meeting you, and how confidently we feel that our wishes will be met.”

E.L and B.J

Painswick

“Thank you again for looking after us so beautiful as we arranged Dad’s funeral. We could not have been in better hands. We were able to put all our trust in you and you made it a remarkably special d…

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J.C

Avening

“Thank you again for looking after us so beautiful as we arranged Dad’s funeral. We could not have been in better hands. We were able to put all our trust in you and you made it a remarkably special day.”

J.C

Avening

“From the first few word we exchanged on the telephone, it was clear that Family Tree were the people to take care of everything. They dropped round a few minutes later, very quickly understood what I had in mind, and artfully made the…

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W.R

Stroud

“From the first few word we exchanged on the telephone, it was clear that Family Tree were the people to take care of everything. They dropped round a few minutes later, very quickly understood what I had in mind, and artfully made the necessary arrangements. Without their reassuring presence, sensitivity and professionalism, the celebration would not have been the magnificent occasion that it was.”

From his published tribute to B’s life “Then Shall You Truly Dance”

W.R

Stroud

“A rather belated note to say thank you for your help in arranging Mum’s funeral. You listened to all our requests, and responded sensitively and accurately; you helped us make decisions when we dithe…

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C.G

Kings Stanley

“A rather belated note to say thank you for your help in arranging Mum’s funeral. You listened to all our requests, and responded sensitively and accurately; you helped us make decisions when we dithered, and were very patient. On the day, your organization was well planned and unobtrusive. Your choice of other members for your team was great. It was a great funeral. Thank you.”

C.G

Kings Stanley

“My family and I would like to thank you and your company for the way that you handled the interment of my wife’s ashes on Monday last. It wasn’t a day that I had been looking forward to, but after …

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“My family and I would like to thank you and your company for the way that you handled the interment of my wife’s ashes on Monday last. It wasn’t a day that I had been looking forward to, but after I felt at ease that it had finally been done. K and I both agreed that your resume of E’s life and character was done with compassion and sympathy, although you hadn’t met her; also the reading of the poem was perfect, and seemed to reflect the spirit of the day. Our thanks again, and we hope to see you on perhaps a happier occasion.”

“It was a deeply emotional time, a time of healing through which you guided us in the most gentle and supportive way. We are most grateful”

I.C

“It was a deeply emotional time, a time of healing through which you guided us in the most gentle and supportive way. We are most grateful”

I.C

“We would never, ever have done it like this without you”

S.R

“We would never, ever have done it like this without you”

S.R

“Once again a big thank you from me and from all in the family, esp. the old man! It really worked for him! This morning he said “I wonder what the stuffy people thought of it!” with a mischievous c…

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L

“Once again a big thank you from me and from all in the family, esp. the old man! It really worked for him! This morning he said “I wonder what the stuffy people thought of it!” with a mischievous chuckle….giving it his approval….so we managed to bring the opposites together and all were honoured.”

L

“Our family cannot thank you enough for ensuring that we created a beautiful and fitting service yesterday. The flowers, which have travelled beautifully, were the most extraordinary collection ever…

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J.T

Stroud

“Our family cannot thank you enough for ensuring that we created a beautiful and fitting service yesterday. The flowers, which have travelled beautifully, were the most extraordinary collection ever, the coffin too, and the format was perfect. Like you, I have a very grim memory of my father’s funeral and know how badly these things can go, so we are all very grateful and ever in your debt. It is encouraging and wonderful to know that there is such care in the community.”

J.T

Stroud

Contact us at any time for funeral assistance

We will work with you to design and arrange the exact type of funeral that you and your family feel is right for the person who has died. 
Our aim is to work with you to make it special, and then make it all happen smoothly.

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