How planning your funeral can actually help your tax position

How planning your funeral can actually help your tax position

You’ve heard the phrase: “there are two certainties in life: death and taxes.” What’s less well known is that planning ahead for one’s funeral tomorrow can actually help improve their tax position today.  And as the tax-year end approaches, interest in...
Funerals in the bleak midwinter

Funerals in the bleak midwinter

As one of the UK’s most popular Christmas carols, various versions of In the Bleak Midwinter are cheerfully sung in churches, village halls and high streets throughout December. Roll on a few weeks and I can assure you, there are fewer places bleaker in...
To View or Not to View – Answers to Your Questions

To View or Not to View – Answers to Your Questions

Managing Director James Morris explains why saying goodbye is healthy and quite normal.I really wish we had a better word for it. When someone has died, ‘viewing’ is the term we use when families come in to our funeral homes to say goodbye to their loved one. In our...
The Hierarchy of Grief

The Hierarchy of Grief

When we meet someone recently bereaved, we subconsciously apply an invisible, unspoken hierarchy to the deceased. We actually place different values or priorities to people when they die. In this blog, managing director James Morris, shares his experiences. The...
Ashes to Ashes

Ashes to Ashes

Cremation is increasingly favoured over burial in the UK. And in a post Covid world, the significance of what to do with the ashes of a loved one becomes increasingly important. MD James Morris explains why. Our memory is just one of the things that makes us uniquely...
New 2020 look for W. G. Catto, same 101-year-old high standards

New 2020 look for W. G. Catto, same 101-year-old high standards

Following a £500,000 refit, we’re delighted to reopen our Elgin branch with it’s updated name: W. G. Catto Funeral Directors, Part of the William Purves Family. From today, Moray families can enjoy new, first class surroundings from the £500,000...