About Family Tree Funeral Company of Stroud

About Family Tree Funeral Company

Finding the right funeral assistance at a potentially highly stressful and upsetting time can be both difficult and daunting.

The aim of our website is to give you as much helpful information as you need.  This site has advice on such things as what to do when making funeral arrangements, and an approximate idea of what your funeral costs may be. You can always call us directly on 01453 767 769.

As you may want to know a little bit more about us before picking up the phone, below is a brief overview of who we are:

Family Tree Funeral Company was founded in April 2005, and is located at 1 Middle Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire.

We have a bright, comfortable and private office in this building; and we will always offer to meet you at your own home.

As a fully independent and family-run modern funeral directors, we are dedicated to helping you plan and organise a funeral that is personal and meaningful. A funeral designed to honour the life of your loved one.

We cover the whole of Gloucestershire and will be pleased to come and visit you at home to arrange your funeral. We have arranged funerals for families in Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Tewkesbury, Malmesbury, even Shaftesbury, and regularly visit Cirencester, Tetbury, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Wotton-Under-Edge and Dursley – and all points in between.

You can also be reassured that we are familiar with the nursing homes, care homes, doctors’ surgeries, churches, hospices and hospitals in the area.

The company is run by James Showers, who trained in funeral service with the National Association of Funeral Directors, and who has worked with Swindon and Gloucester Co-operative Funeral Care.

About James Showers

In his own words, James explains one of the reasons why Family Tree Funeral Company operates the way it does, with your requirements at its heart:

“My own father died after a long illness; as a family we’d never discussed or planned for the inevitable over the previous months – so when he did die, nobody knew what to do or what to say. My mother was in shock, so the duty minister at the crematorium near the hospital was given minimal information to go on. It was a very brief funeral – more of a disposal really; we sat separated by a deep and silent disappointment after the curtains closed; we had a memorial service in our local church a month later, but I felt that my father’s actual funeral was just not good enough for us – or for my lovely dad. I now know it does not need to be like this…that there is such a thing as a ‘good funeral’…and if the funeral is in line with what the family really want – it becomes an uplifting tribute to the life of the person who has died, it can embody the sadness, make new memories, give comfort – and new life.”

About Jane Diamond

“I met James at a death café in Stroud in October 2018 and he invited me to go to a funeral with him later that week. I did and haven’t looked back since! My background for the last few years has involved all things end-of-life. I’ve been running the Nailsworth Death Café for four years and have started my training as an end-of-life doula. As well as this, I’ve trained with Before I Go Solutions and now offer end-of-life planning workshops to individuals and small groups. I also have a background in psychotherapy and this is really useful for my work as a funeral director, which I love.

Walking alongside a bereaved family is a real privilege. I believe death – and how we engage with it – is hugely important; it’s a major life event and we don’t talk about it enough. At the forefront of my work is my commitment to normalising death and dying as much as possible. It’s vital we do this.”

Always available to help

Making funeral arrangements can often be a daunting prospect for the family or friends of the deceased. We believe that the funeral should be designed to honour the life of the person who has died.

We offer very personal and comprehensive funeral help and are happy to assist with your funeral plans as much or as little as you want, as ultimately it is all about what you want. We are there for you every step of the way.

As a family-run, independent funeral director, we often find that clients feel reassured by our attention to detail, as well as our professional and caring approach.

 

 

 

A hands-on farewell

“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

A hands-on farewell

“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

A wonderful send-off

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for giving our mum the most wonderful send-off. The way you spoke about her was as if you had known her yourself for years. You gave the eulogy with suc…

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L.B & S.W

Cashes Green, Stroud

A wonderful send-off

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you for giving our mum the most wonderful send-off. The way you spoke about her was as if you had known her yourself for years. You gave the eulogy with such tenderness and respect for her. It was a beautiful service; we would not have changed anything about it. The whole experience offered by you and Jane from start to finish was just perfect. What a way to be remembered. Everyone needs a Family Tree funeral; thank goodness my sister found you.”

L.B & S.W

Cashes Green, Stroud

A beautiful and fitting service

“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

A beautiful and fitting service

“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

Profound and beautiful

“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

Profound and beautiful

“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…splendid

“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…splendid

“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

A beautiful funeral

“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

A beautiful funeral

“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

Your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion

“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. It was a deeply emotional ti…

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L.T

Cashes Green, Stroud

Your kindness, thoughtfulness and compassion

“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. It 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 run smoothly on the day with you at the helm, and as we 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

An experience of great calm and peace

“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

An experience of great calm and peace

“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

Dignified and intimate

“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….

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D.O

Kings Stanley

Dignified and intimate

“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

Care, support and concern

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

V.W

Chalford

Care, support and concern

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

V.W

Chalford

Quiet guidance

“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

Quiet guidance

“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

A remarkably special day

“Thank you again for looking after us so beautifully 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…

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J.C

Avening

A remarkably special day

“Thank you again for looking after us so beautifully 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

A magnificent occasion

“From the first few words 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 th…

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W.R

Stroud

A magnificent occasion

“From the first few words 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 great funeral

“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 great funeral

“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 organisation 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

Compassion and sympathy

“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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Compassion and sympathy

“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.”

Gentle and supportive

“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

Gentle and supportive

“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

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

S.R

We would never ever have done it like this without you

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

S.R

All were honoured

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

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L

All were honoured

“Once again a big thank you from me and from all in the family, especially 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. We managed to bring the opposites together and all were honoured.”

L

Compassion, love and empathy

“I wanted to just let you know from the bottom of my heart how much I appreciate all the help, guidance and practical support you have given me over the past weeks since my dad died. Everything you do i…

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M.G

Horsley

Compassion, love and empathy

“I wanted to just let you know from the bottom of my heart how much I appreciate all the help, guidance and practical support you have given me over the past weeks since my dad died. Everything you do is with true compassion, love and empathy and it truly shows. Without you it would be so much harder to bear.”

M.G

Horsley

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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