Stricter measures announced to tackle spread of COVID-19

Stricter measures announced to tackle spread of COVID-19

As of 26 March, the way we arrange and deliver funerals has changed again in line with the latest government and industry guidelines. Crucially we are here for anyone who needs us 24/7 but with the following measures in place. Arranging Our branches throughout...
Pandemic Prepared

Pandemic Prepared

With questions arising about the continuity of funeral services, we’ve been able to reassure families in areas that we operate, that coronavirus plans have been in place across our company for some time. Currently, while the embalming, viewing and the funeral service...
More financial help to pay for 2020 funerals

More financial help to pay for 2020 funerals

We applaud the additional support made available for families to pay for funerals from the Scottish Government as of 1 April 2020. Low income families can now claim £1000 towards the expenses related to a funeral. This increase of £300 represents the first rise in a...
New Paid Bereavement Leave for Working Parents

New Paid Bereavement Leave for Working Parents

We welcome the news that from April 2020, working parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be eligible to two weeks paid bereavement leave. The new legal right is called “Jack’s Law” in memory of Jack Herd, whose mother campaigned for employed...
The Big Interview – Scotland on Sunday

The Big Interview – Scotland on Sunday

In this exclusive interview with the Scotland on Sunday, Tim Purves, fifth generation of the Edinburgh based family run firm explains why in 2019, the company continues to grow and deliver a key service for local families. “Not the cheapest but certainly not one...
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...