Coffins are never very nice things to look at, so we have developed a handle posy, which fits snugly into the handles around to coffin. They look very effective, and are a simple but effective way for younger family members to be significantly involved with the funeral. We have them made to match the coffin spray, which is on top of the coffin. I must add some more pictures to help you.
Colours and sizes can vary, as can the colour of the ribbon. and of course each child can write their own tribute card to be attached to their posy.
And the pets came too
They say stranger things happen at sea, and I suppose they may well do. However in this case the family got the bit well and truly between their teeth and brought out the pet donkeys to say goodbye to their owner. The family were comforted, and it made this funeral start off in a very special way. It takes courage to make things different, and it can really help. This family very kindly gave me permission to take pictures for the website.
Sticking with animals, how about this?
Many people love to watch birds, and I have to say this is something I have always enjoyed too. Ornithology helped me a great deal at school. I just couldn’t get motivated at school, my parents were always worried. One day I discovered a local club (Young Ornithologist Club) and after a very short time, I was enjoying reading and studying ornithology. This new enthusiasm rebounded into my school work and I was suddenly much happier there, and my school work improved too. My parents were relieved, and continued to support this hobby. I used to go on special birdwatching holidays too. Anyway, enough of that. Why not have a beautiful white Dove to release at the funeral. I met the photographer for the shoot, and rather amusingly most of the Doves “got away” without a shot on the camera. Plenty of the chap Richard, standing there empty handed and with a few tail feathers just visible in the corner of the shot. But he did get these two, for which he was forgiven, and I suppose I will have to pay him for that!
Being different means different things to different people.
This family wanted to make the funeral for a young man of 42, as different as possible. I am allowed to call him Andrew. His brother John and sister Hayley were devastated. They had had a very difficult upbringing as they had lost their Mum very early and were all estranged from their Dad. Its amazing they are as sane as they are really. Andrews family arranged for a lorry from the Construction Company he worked for to be used to take him to the funeral. He loved his work, so why not. Then they arranged a motorbike escort to the crematorium from the office. The bikers stopped all the traffic, even a police car! John and Hayley kindly gave me permission to include the following pictures on the website. Thank you John and Hayley.
Plus one of all his friends.
And this one.
Remember different things to different people. Oh yes, and if you wish to arrange a motorbike escort, please tell me in advance. I am happy for there to be one, its just that when they stop all the traffic we get there too quickly!!!
From North of the Border
Now recently we were instructed by another lovely family. The gentleman was a true Scot. So of course we had to have bagpipes!. The piper played as I walked to the house, which was quite close to the office. Then he played again as we came back towards him. Then he jumped in his car and went to the Church. He played again after the service and walked around the outside of the Church whilst the family mingled around inside.
This is not an inexpensive extra, so it needs to be considered carefully before going ahead. However the sound is quite fantastic!
Now Greg is a great chap and he will happily talk to you directly and his number is 07590 388801 I am sure he will be happy to do other work that you may have too. He has full Highland Dress, or this Day Wear. Full Highland Dress is a bit more expensive.
Every now and then you get to see a really lovely rose, and this is one of them. I just felt I had to include this picture, and the larger one of the tribute it came from, as it is so pretty.
As you will know, pictures of flowers never do them justice do they. Looking at this picture now, and the real tribute just beside me, makes me wonder why I bother with a camera I’m so useless at taking pictures!
The new Volvo hearse and limousines, of which we are very proud, are in black over grey coachwork. They are now with consecutive number plates and are all seat belted and six doors for your comfort.
The colour scheme looks very smart and is actually a very traditional style. We can obtain all black vehicles if you should wish. We can also get a pink hearse if you are really er, mad!
Its a sort of graphite grey colour, very smart, and easy on the eye. Unlike the following vehicle.
Now this is not every ones idea of the perfect vehicle, but if the cap fits……
This is quite an old Daimler DS420, which to be honest, are not in demand these days. With the exception of this one. This is the only pink hearse in the country that I know of, and it is based in London where it is very busy. I have used it in 2010, and it was quite something. There is no matching limousine yet (2012).
And for those who like the idea of something other than black, or pink, there are the following.
White, OK if the weather is good,
but they look dirty very quickly if the weather is not good.
Silver, is a very smart colour, and very popular too.
Again these are quite old vehicles, and not greatly sought after these days. Except if you want a different colour. I have to admit to a long love affair with these old monsters. I cut my teeth driving one of these when the family used to have them. Lovely to drive, great to ride in on the back seat (occasional seats for the others) but hateful to wash because they are as big as a small lorry!
Horse drawn hearse
To be honest, this is a very peaceful way to travel. But not too far, and pray for dry weather!
Alva has been doing this work for many years, and I like the way she does things. There are others around but this needs to be a professional experienced company. Not someone who just takes it up for fun!