This page may not be universally popular. But I think that our client families have a right to know a little about professional Funeral Directors’ removal vehicles, and how their loved ones are transported from the place of death to our private facilities. I think everyone has seen the ubiquitous “Private Ambulance”. If not, then I’ll explain a little potted history.
When I was a lad
When I was a lad, and started working in the family funeral business almost 40 years ago, our Funeral Directors deceased removal vehicle was the hearse. They all have an under deck area, where a removal stretcher or even a coffin, can be concealed from view. For many years we, and every other funeral director, did it this way.
Then a clever person decided it would be much better to use an estate car, with blacked out windows, to remove the deceased. For many years I did it this way too. I even remember one winters night, being stopped by a police car and questioned about what we had been doing and where we were going. I’ll leave you to imagine how that went.
Then it became fashionable (yes we do have fashions in funerals) to use a van. At first they were unmarked plain white vans. These would move around the town without attracting any attention. But then someone said it didn’t seem very respectful, and suddenly they all became “Private Ambulances” They are of course very private and there is nothing to associate them with the ambulance you want to see if ever you have a need for one!
We have been using them for many years. One day the staff told me “It’s no good, as soon as the ambulance sets off in that direction, we get a call from another family to go the other way. At the same time!” You can guess what happened next.
Modern professional deceased removal vehicles
The staff nagged and nagged until I relented and we now have two “Private Ambulances”.
And they always come along like buses. In pairs!
The staff are very happy with these new removal vehicles, and from my point of view its easy to keep in touch with them as they have inbuilt bluetooth for their telephones.
One final point. These days it really is unacceptable to use a people carrier, or an estate car for this part of our work, but there are plenty still doing it this way. It’s just not possible to maintain a decent level of hygienic standards in a vehicle with fabric and carpets.