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What should I wear to a funeral?

What should I wear to a funeral?

It’s a question we get asked frequently so James Morris, our MD, provides some helpful pointers. In my 30 years of funeral arranging, trends have come and gone as have fashion highs and lows. But one rule remains as important today as it was when I started out....
What to do with Mum’s ashes?

What to do with Mum’s ashes?

Whether you’re in the midst of arranging a funeral or immediately after, the challenge of what to do with the ashes of a loved one is often the final hurdle in, what may have felt like a marathon of decisions. In this blog we explore the different options to consider....
The real cost of funerals

The real cost of funerals

Before the coronavirus pandemic, funeral poverty had dominated headlines, prompting a review by both UK and Scottish Governments and the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) into the sector. In this blog, managing director James Morris, explains why clarity and...
Planning ahead and how we can help

Planning ahead and how we can help

According to the 2020 Sun Life Cost of Dying report, only 1% of respondents knew what their loved one wanted for their funeral. We see families struggle to make decisions on a daily basis without that knowledge. But we can help. Using our free checklist of questions,...
Our top tips to choose the right music for a funeral

Our top tips to choose the right music for a funeral

Tunes, hymns, melodies and songs are seen as essential elements in a traditional funeral. But what’s normal? What’s appropriate (or not)? In this blog, we’ll share our top tips for choosing music for a funeral. Throughout UK history, songs and singing have played a...
Memorials  – how to create a lasting tribute for generations

Memorials – how to create a lasting tribute for generations

Memorials are the lasting tribute we can leave for generations to come. In five simple steps, we explore how to choose the perfect memorial. 1. Choose a location Memorial stones or markers are typically erected in graveyards and cemeteries to indicate a grave but also...
How to choose the right coffin

How to choose the right coffin

It’s not the sort of purchase you have to consider often and for first-timers, the pressure to get it right can be overwhelming, especially at an already difficult time. In this blog we’ll explore the different options to suit every preference and budget. Burial or...
Each Life is Unique. So is Every Funeral

Each Life is Unique. So is Every Funeral

Each life is unique; so every funeral should be too – how to personalise a funeral As lives lived are unique and different, so it is with the funerals we arrange to celebrate them. In this blog, Managing Director James Morris, explores how we ensure funerals are...
Planning ahead and how we can help

What to say to someone recently bereaved

What do you say to someone who has been bereaved? That has to be such a hard conversation. And because it is, we tend to avoid it don’t we?The more awkward we feel, the more we back away both emotionally and physically – especially in a new socially distancing...
Making it count

Making it count

  During the harshest of times, we arranged the final journey of Mr Gordon Reid as friends, colleagues, loved ones and even strangers on the street, pay their respects to a much loved cabbie from the capital. BBC Good Morning Scotland (2.35-2.40)...