Why it makes financial sense to plan your funeral now

Why it makes financial sense to plan your funeral now

In today’s Herald, Chairman Tim Purves talks about the benefits of funeral planning today. Around 15% of Scots admitted they would struggle to pay for their funeral. Reports from insurance providers as well as the Scottish Government affirm that few of us have made...
William Purves Haddington rebrands from Wood & Hay

William Purves Haddington rebrands from Wood & Hay

Some 20 years after we bought Haddington based Wood & Hay, we are finally bringing the company under the William Purves family umbrella. William Purves bought Wood & Hay in 2000, from previous owner, George Wood who specifically wanted to pass on the business...

Scottish Government launches Funeral Benefit

Today the Scottish Government launches an improved funeral benefit aimed at reducing funeral poverty for around 4000 families annually. William Purves welcomes the move but cautions the need for families to compare like-for-like pricing. Providers and costs vary...
Lean on our experience

Lean on our experience

It’s been a busy time of year for our Hawick based memorial stonemasons as the Scottish Borders Council reaches the close of a two year headstone testing period. Some 90,000 headstones across 154 Borders cemeteries were tested to ensure they would not cause...
Graduate Success for William Purves

Graduate Success for William Purves

A huge congratulations to our eight graduates in this year’s NAFD (National Association of Funeral Directors) Diploma in Funeral Directing as published in this month’s Funeral Director Monthly. This year, William Purves employees made up almost a third of...
Toy Story4 theme to be a funeral favourite

Toy Story4 theme to be a funeral favourite

This month’s launch of Toy Story 4 features a Joni Mitchell hit “Both Sides Now” which is being tipped as a future funeral anthem. Listeners of the Chris Evans Breakfast Show @ Virgin Radio today were treated to an extended play of the song following...
Summer solstice 2019

Summer solstice 2019

June 21st 2019 marks the UK’s longest day and shortest night as sunlight hours are at a peak.   In our experience, longer and sunnier days mean woodland burials are more popular at this time of year with nature in full bloom. If you’d like advice on an eco-funeral, a...
Are DIY funerals the right choice?

Are DIY funerals the right choice?

The status quo of how UK funerals are delivered is constantly being challenged. Traditional models of mourning are still very popular in Scotland. What we see more of nowadays are personalised events where families take a prominent role in managing their loved one’s...
Managing Your Digital Death

Managing Your Digital Death

By 2100, Facebook is expected to have 4.9 billion deceased members according to a report in The Guardian based on a study by Oxford University. Researchers believe by 2070, dead members could outnumber the living. Even once you have died, your digital footprint lives...