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...
Popularity of funeral service rooms in 2021

Popularity of funeral service rooms in 2021

Choosing to have a funeral in a funeral director’s service room offers a range of added benefits to families, especially during the current climate where social distancing is still in force and limits to attendees is a changing picture. The scope of choice is no...
Lasting legacy for North East Families

Lasting legacy for North East Families

Further coverage of Vinnie’s Cot, donated by Natalie and Callum Laidlaw in memory of their son Vinnie.  Earlier this month, the cot was donated to William Purves, enabling families throughout the North East region to spend more time at home.  Read more about...
A promise that’s worth something

A promise that’s worth something

When it comes to your funeral, or that of a loved one, you need to trust who you choose to help with the arrangements. It’s not a purchase you make every day and it’s often influenced by who your families and friends have used in the past or who is nearest. Sometimes...
Lasting legacy for North East Families

Cuddle Cot Donated for North East Families

It was our privilege to receive “Vinnie’s Cot”, from Alnwick couple Natalie and Callum Laidlaw on Friday in honour of their own son who was stillborn in March. The cuddle cot enables bereaved families to say goodbye, for a little longer and in the...
Planning Ahead to Mark 2021 Dying Matters Week

Planning Ahead to Mark 2021 Dying Matters Week

As published in the Edinburgh Evening News 10 May 2021, Andrew Purves encourages people to start a conversation about death and dying with loved ones, make some decisions, so they will have the best plan in place before they die. If Covid‐19 has taught us anything, it...