Links and useful information

What you need to do when a death has occurred.  Citizens Advice bureau's advice guide. 

A selection of alternative funeral hearses - www.alternativehearsehire.co.uk

goodfuneralguide.com a very enlightening read by Mr Charles Cowling, planning your own funeral help and ideas.

LOW COST, NO FRILLS? TAKE A LOOK AT THIS WEBSITE. www.low-cost-funeral.co.uk

Funeral services are a very personal thing and making smarter choices in what you spend your money on for a funeral allows you to concentrate on some of the contemporary, unique and memorable services provided such as Volkswagen Funerals. An alternative funeral transport can really make what is a very sad into a very fitting memory.

 

Direct Cremation is on the rise in the UK and as such has seen the market change dramatically to meet increased demand for low cost direct cremation, this is driven by financial consideration, diminished religious commitment and less desire to incur some of the expense that a traditional funeral service involves. The recent low cost direct cremation of David Bowie is an example that proves that this new direction is created as much by a change in funeral fashion as it is by financial necessity, Memoria Low Cost Funeral offer an alternative to traditional funerals with savings up to 70% ".

MUCH LOVED The online memorial website. 

FUNERAL INSPIRATIONS Offer a comprehensive catalogue of ideas and information, businesses, organisations and charities, who can help you find what you're looking for (even if you don't know what that is yet). If you are thinking about , or that of a relative or friend who may have just passed away, or indeed just wish to know more about , or even , all this information and much, much more can be found on this one site. 

FINAL FLINGThe site to go to regarding all end of life decisions. Take a load off the family and have it all in place. Click image to go to web site.

A list of Natural burial grounds (this is not all UK sites) 

THE NATURAL DEATH CENTRE - For help, support, advice or guidance planning a funeral, either for yourself or for someone close to you the Natural Death Centre charity is there for you.  

UK-FUNERALS ONLINE -Directory 

The Dash (click to go to website)
by Linda Ellis copyright 1996
​I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning…to the end. 

This is a great poem I read in an order of service of a young man who had died. Very inspirational. The remainder of this poem is on Lindas website. 

WE HAVE WORKED WITH SO MANY LOVELY FUNERAL DIRECTORS, PLEASE ASK US WE MAY BE ABLE TO RECOMMEND SOMEONE IN YOUR AREA. WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE COFFINS PLEASE ASK ONLY IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO DO THE FUNERAL YOURSELF , WE MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST YOU IN OTHER ASPECTS OF FUNERAL ARRANGING. 

Coffins and ashes caskets

E-COFFINS Fair Trade - Handcrafted and eco friendly coffins - We supply these coffins

ENGLISH WILLOW COFFINS - The finest handmade willow coffins made in Somerset using traditional methods.  We supply these coffins

COLOURFUL COFFINS - Picture coffins / cardboard / colourful caskets, beautiful quality. We supply these coffins 

STEVE SOULT - Traditional hand made coffins, we supply these coffins. 

THE LONDON CASKET COMPANY - We supply these coffins 

SCATTERING ASHES - What to do with the ashes ? 

Something different from urns and jewellery to a viking longboat urn! 

 

We will supply whichever coffin or casket you require, however if you have a chosen funeral director they will probably require you to purchace a coffin from them. 

Information about memorial headstones and funeral flowers

English Rose Memorials Mick Pearman our local stone mason based in Leicestershire. He's lovely! 

A guide to choosing a headstone http://headstoneguide.co.uk/ 

 

Memorials of Distinction - a guide to funeral flowers. This is a very interesting resource and well worth a read.  http://www.memorialsofdistinction.co.uk/the-definitive-guide-to-funeral-flowers

Support and help web sites - organisations that help with bereavement

CRUSE BEREAVEMENT CARE - Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close. 

SOBS - Survivers of berevement by suicide 

SAMARITANS - Confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.

WAY FOUNDATION. A national support group for those widowed under 50 offering friendship, advice and activities.

SAMM looks to assist those who have lost a relative or friend as a result of murder, manslaughter or unlawful killing.

THE CHILD BEREAVEMENT CHARITY (CBC) provides specialised support, information and training to all those affected when a baby or child dies

THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS Offering support for bereaved parents and their families

SANDS - Supporting parents whose baby has died around the time of birth

GRIEF ENCOUNTER -Helping children through bereavement.

SCARD - Support & Care After Road Death & Injury

COUNSELLING DIRECTORY A web site designed for you to find a counsellor or psychotherapist dealing with bereavement in your own area. 

Funeral transport companies

LANDROVER FUNERALS 4x4 HEARSE AND LIMOUSINE 

TRIKE FUNERALS UK - MOTORCYCLE TRIKE PULLING PURPOSE BUILT HEARSE.

VINTAGE LORRY FUNERALS - LEYLAND BEAVER FLATBED TRUCK FOR FUNERALS

MORRIS MINOR HEARSE - BLACK MOGGIE TRAVELLER FOR FUNERALS

GREENS CARRIAGE MASTERS - WHITE, PINK, SILVER, UNION JACK + TRADITIONAL FLEETS

CLASSIC HEARSE REGISTER - UK HEARSE CLUB

What to do with ashes

ASHES INTO GLASS - We supply these beautiful products 

PHOENIX MEMORIAL DIAMONDS  Real diamonds made from ashes or hair.

Memorial Jewellery - Finger prints, baby hand or foot prints, paw prints of your beloved pet, profile jewellery from a photograph.  http://www.jewel-concepts.co.uk/ We supply this jewellery ask for details. 

We are located at:

The Old Bakery

18 Church Road 

Hartshill

Nuneaton

Warwickshire

CV10 0NB

(Visiting is strictly by appointment only.)

Get in touch

If you have any queries  or wish to discuss your needs please contact us:

02476 399296

info@vwfunerals.com

Or use our contact form.

         Woodland Burial poem

                 by Pam Ayres

 

Don't lay me in some gloomy churchyard shaded by a wall
Where the dust of ancient bones has spread a dryness over all,
Lay me in some leafy loam where, sheltered from the cold
Little seeds investigate and tender leaves unfold.
There kindly and affectionately, plant a native tree
To grow resplendent before God and hold some part of me.
The roots will not disturb me as they wend their peaceful way
To build the fine and bountiful, from closure and decay.
To seek their small requirements so that when their work is done
I’ll be tall and standing strongly in the beauty of the sun.

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