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 final goodbye. This event management is often confused with doing it yourself, but they are very different concepts.

So what value does a funeral director really offer? Our funeral directors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provide:

  • A locally based, independent, professional to support and guide you: a single person throughout and no call centres
  • Removal of a loved one from any location: home, hospital, airport (for repatriations) throughout the UK
  • Care of the deceased in appropriate conditions
  • Assistance with registration: collecting certificates and other paperwork
  • Hygienic treatment if required
  • Viewing locally, as often as you like for as long as you need
  • Booking the crematorium, graveyard or private burial site
  • Providing a coffin and, if required, urns, caskets, or scatter tubes
  • Arranging the service with officiants and any others as required
  • Coordinating transport for both the deceased and families/friends
  • Managing the event from newspaper notices through to social media
  • Planning and booking music, orders of service, flowers and catering
  • Collecting and storing ashes
  • Bereavement support
  • Memorial advice for new stones or added inscriptions

Families wanting to take control of the funeral is a common theme in our arrangement meetings. And we heartily encourage this. We know how important it is to get the funeral just right. Often we find that those who embark on a DIY approach are actually just wanting more personalisation and involvement. In our experience, there are a myriad of practical matters to consider. Even a basic funeral managed for the first time can carry risks. And at the other end of the spectrum, large events do need choreographed. At a time of grief when emotions can run high, using a funeral director is tapping into a track record of experience, applied for families to get what’s right for them.

Download our free guide to arranging a funeral or call us on 0131 447 5858 for advice.