“Say not in grief he is no more, but live in thankfulness that he was” - Hebrew proverb.
At Welham Jones, it’s our job to find out as much as we can about the person who died.
That way, we can offer a personalised service and a funeral that truly reflects the deceased. We will make suggestions for the funeral based on our experience; however, we encourage your ideas and input. The funeral of a loved one is a deeply personal affair and the service has to be right for you and your family.
We believe a funeral should be an uplifting and fulfilling experience in honour of the deceased; a day friends and family can look back on with a smile. We encourage our clients to go with their own ideas, moving away from the serious and dour Victorian-style funerals people often dread.
What you can expect
What we offer:
Led by the hearse, followed by one or more of our limousines (if they are required) and the cars of other mourners, the funeral cortege will most likely start from the deceased’s home:
Type of funeral service:
Whether it’s simple or ornate, private or open, the choice is yours. You can also choose to have a memorial service or service of thanksgiving at a later date.
Need an officiant? We can introduce someone suitable. Theoretically, anyone can take a funeral service, but that can limit the venues available.
Most crematoria offer the choice of concealing the coffin behind curtains, lowering the coffin from view or keeping it in view at the point of committal.
At a burial, coffin bearers will lower the coffin into the grave: Scottish cords are available.
Once you appoint an officiant, he or she will contact you regarding the specifics of the service, as well as to discuss the deceased and their life. You may wish to ask some family members or close friends to do a reading, poem or eulogy.
It is sometimes possible for members of the family or close friends to carry the deceased. Please let us know if this is something you would like to do, although you should bear in mind that you will be asked to accept responsibility for any injury or accident that might arise.
For the service, we will reserve the seats at the front for close family.
Secular funerals are an increasingly popular alternative for those who were not religious. We offer some guidance on the practicalities of conducting this type of service:
What the service may involve:
Music for the service
Music plays an important role in many funeral services.
What you need to consider: