How to choose the right music for a funeral

How to choose the right music for a funeral

Tunes, hymns, melodies and songs are considered essential elements of a funeral. Here’s our five top tips to hit the right note for you and your loved ones. With over five generations of experience in arranging funerals, one truth prevails at William Purves and...
To absent friends this holiday

To absent friends this holiday

To absent friends at Christmas As we approach the end of 2021, James Morris, our Managing Director reflects on this time of year. Our memories are such a powerful thing, aren’t they?  Every day I do this job, I see how precious every single memory is of someone loved...
Many Flags.  One Standard.

Many Flags. One Standard.

2020 was unprecedented in our lifetime as funeral directors especially in the field of repatriation where we offer particular expertise. As a new normal for 2021 is emerging, our section on repatriation contains useful information for anyone having to repatriation to,...
Greener Goodbyes – Offsetting the carbon footprint of a funeral

Greener Goodbyes – Offsetting the carbon footprint of a funeral

In response to consumer demand, William Purves is launching a first-of-its-kind app that will enable families wishing to minimise the environmental impact of a funeral they are arranging to calculate out the exact carbon footprint of a funeral and take an informed...
Distant or Distanced – how we can help mourners

Distant or Distanced – how we can help mourners

Facing loss is tough at any time but there’s a particular tragedy for bereaved families separated by thousands of miles. More recently, that bitter experience is shared by those who may not be physically that far apart, but lockdown, self-isolating or...
Are you prepared for your digital death?

Are you prepared for your digital death?

James Morris, our managing director and funeral director for 30 years explores the impact death has in the digital world of 2021. A few months ago, one of my colleagues received a message on his phone. From his reaction, something was obviously not quite right.  He...
Choosing the right coffin

Choosing the right coffin

Comparing the last 12 months to the year before, we have seen a shift towards funeral events that were highly personal. A key element of the uniqueness was often the coffin. At the heart of a funeral, it’s the recognisable stand-out moment. This is especially true at...
Small talk saves lives

Small talk saves lives

Read about one of our funeral teams whose staff room conversation prevented a suicide just days later....
Announcing a death

Announcing a death

When facing a bereavement, an early challenge for all families is how they can best share the news amongst people – near and far.  MD James Morris explores how this can be done in 2021. Sharing the news with a deceased’s wider circle avoids potentially awkward...
Cutting the jargon around funerals

Cutting the jargon around funerals

Those arranging a funeral today have more choice than any other generation before. Options are plentiful and personalising each event means no two funerals are the same. But this can lead to confusion and the last thing anyone facing a bereavement needs, is...