Thank you for visiting our website, whatever your reason for visiting our page please be assured that we are here to help you at what is most likely a very difficult time for you. Volkswagen Funerals provide a completely unique service supplying an alternative funeral transport. We may also be able to assist you in finding suitable funeral directors and suppliers who can help you plan a fitting funeral from some of the amazing coffins that are available to what you can do with your loved ones ashes. For those wishing to do more of the funeral for yourselves or 'DIY' funerals we may be able to assist you with this too.
We are Midlands based, our alternative hearses are available nationwide.
Our Volkswagens are the perfect choice for a traditional funeral but also are very popular for life celebrations also Pagan / Wiccan funerals, Buddhist, eco, and green funerals and woodland and natural burials. Also for folk who had a great sense of adventure and a love of the outdoors, perhaps they travelled in one or enjoyed music festivals, enjoyed holidays in a Volkswagen camper or owned a Beetle and for people who always wanted to own or go travelling in one.
We have found that it's sometimes easier for the mourners to have a service away from the restraints of a crematorium or church. Holding a funeral at a venue is getting more popular and one idea that we have done several times is that we 'drive away into the sunset' as people wave, clap, send up balloons or Doves, this effectively becomes the committal, a little different to curtains but it can be done. Feel free to ask about this.
There is a huge following of this marque of vehicle and as VW enthusiasts ourselves we know the community have welcomed suitable vehicles and a professional trust worthy service to cater for our own sadly departed 'Vee Dubbers'.
Funeral rituals have come a long way since the Victorian era. While many families continue to prefer traditional funerals, an increasing number are now changing traditions in many ways. The purpose of a funeral is ultimately to bring peace and comfort to the bereaved, and whatever rituals are best for them are the ones that should be used.
Our fleet is often called in to provide a more fitting tribute for when the sad death of a young person has occurred. The friendly look of the VW and light
paintwork can help to brighten a very sad difficult day and mark a memorable occasion.
Our Volkswagens have a pennant flag on the roof and we are happy to apply a single ribbon to the front of the vehicles we have various colours to choose from, the flag also helps other road users to see that this is a funeral cortege. You can personalise our vehicles too if you want to.
We will work in partnership with your Funeral Director and liaise with them, or you can give us your transport requirements directly and we will contact the Funeral Director.
DIY? Our sister company 'Simply Funerals' (still run by ourselves) are able to guide and assist you with the funeral if you wish to do it or some of it yourself. We have the correct equipment and we can supply competitively priced coffins caskets and urns from bamboo baskets to American caskets. We work along with a wonderful local Midlands based funeral and carriage master service for our mortuary and chapel of rest facilities who also supply our more traditional cars in black, white and silver. We will also supply other alternative vehicles and horses if thats what you would like. Its entirely your choice and you only pay for what you need!
Contact us also for our direct cremation (no mourners) and low cost funeral service.
We are recommended by The Natural Death Centre and are members of the association of Natural Burial Grounds The Association of Green Funeral directors, accredited members of The Society of bereavement practitioners and Approved members of NFFD .
Biertrice made her journey to the Midlands from Cornwall in 2015 and has undergone a delicate light restoration, woodworm had been present so we had to ensure the integrity of the bier was still all OK. Some of the old timber has been replaced with ash and we have had two removable hand rails made which better suit the bier. You will see in the before pictures that it had some metal sides, we presume they are off some kind of early 1900's hospital bed there were also some army issue straps on this bier so it could have been used as a makeshift ambulance during the 1st world war to carry injured on stretchers? its a Victorian church bier from the 1800's. This kind of bier was pulled by the barers when the mourners were unable to afford a more luxurious and expensive horse drawn hearse. On the day the coffin would have been transported on the hand drawn bier sometimes called a church bier and taken to the service and cemetery, mourners following on foot or in mourning carriages if they could afford them.
This beautiful museum quality piece is steeped in history and available to hire for those wishing to take their loved one on the very final stage of the journey together. We are able to hire for display and film too. Midland based, a price quoted would include delivery to site.
If you are unsure that your chosen funeral director will provide your choice of alternative transport ask them, if they are not willing to fulfill your requests then you should consider a company that will. Remember they are a business and as such are there to serve you. We have heard all kinds of excuses for companies not letting families have what they want from transport to coffins, and also selling things to you that you don't need or want. Don't sign anything if you are unsure or if they won't give you a written estimate, just take some time out to think about it, there is no rush!
Volkswagen Funerals attention to detail and service has made us an industry leader and winners of the 2014 Good Funeral Awards. With show winning vehicles to choose from, you're sure to find exactly what you're looking for to mark the passing of a unique individual. If you require assistance, our qualified staff will provide you with expert guidance, with no obligation.