Known throughout our local communities for the highest standards of compassionate care

When you place your trust in William Purves you can expect the highest standards of professionalism, and a truly distinct service. The role of your local funeral director is to ease the stress and burden of decision-making, to listen carefully so that we may offer you expert guidance and provide you with a single point of contact who is always on hand to ease any worries or uncertainty with compassion and practical help.

Funeral directors

Tim Purves

Funeral Director

James Morris

Funeral Director

Roger Pagan

Funeral Director

Andrew Purves

Funeral Director

Colin Brown

Funeral Director

David Pudney

Funeral Director

Paul Brown

Funeral Director

Chris Harkess

Funeral Director

Graeme Whitlie

Funeral Director

Ben Thomson

Funeral Director

Keith Thomson

Funeral Director

Leslie Stewart

Funeral Director

Syd Stevenson

Funeral Director

Jonny Scott

Funeral Director

Jamie Reece

Funeral Director

Mark Sutherland

Funeral Director

Gregor Currie

Funeral Director

Izabella Izsak

Funeral Director

Ian McKernan

Funeral Director

William Purves branches

Oakvale Funeral Home

Hazel Strachan,
Senior Administrator

Oakvale Funeral Home

Sharon Hook,
Client Support Coordinator

Chesser

Marilyn Higgins,
Administrator

Craigentinny

Mark Sutherland,
Funeral Director

Craigmillar

Marie McCubbin,
Administrator

Currie

Tracy McKenzie,
Administrator

Dalkeith

Pauline Dickson,
Administrator

Goldenacre

Paul Brown,
Funeral Director

Haddington

Chris Harkess,
Funeral Director

Leith

Arlene Logan,
Administrator

Morningside

Andrew Purves,
Funeral Director

Peebles

Emma Betram,
Administrator

Penicuik

Lesley Anderson,
Administrator

St Andrews

Syd Stevenson,
Funeral Director

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How to support someone grieving in a post-coronavirus world?

Grief just got harder. In this blog, MD James Morris, explains how the new normal post Covid has just raised the stakes for bereaved families up and down the country. Before the coronavirus pandemic, when I gave talks to schools, curates, hospice and nursing...

What should I wear to a funeral?

It’s a question we get asked frequently so James Morris, our MD, provides some helpful pointers. In my 30 years of funeral arranging, trends have come and gone as have fashion highs and lows. But one rule remains as important today as it was when I started out....

What to do with Mum’s ashes?

Whether you’re in the midst of arranging a funeral or immediately after, the challenge of what to do with the ashes of a loved one is often the final hurdle in, what may have felt like a marathon of decisions. In this blog we explore the different options to consider....