Choices

CHOICES

COFFINS

There are so many options for coffins. We have put together a selection of the most popular coffins that we feel represent a wide range of what is available and based on our experience of quality and value for money.

 

We will also try to help provide whatever coffin fits the personal requirements of the customer, including bespoke coffin designs or decoration, or assisting you decorate the coffin yourself.

 

Coffins range in price and our price guide may help you with some of this or we are happy to provide more advice or information. Interestingly cardboard coffins are not cheaper than some wooden coffins. A solid coffin will always be required for cremation but may not be needed for burial where sometimes a shroud might suffice.

 

TRANSPORT

We like the classic lines of the traditional funeral vehicles and as well as black we have maroon and green colours. These are all the same price but depends on where the service takes place.

Traditional Daimler DS420
All three Daimler hearses: black, maroon and green
All three Daimler limousines: original DS420 black, modern black and maroon

Each limousine seats 7 people. We can provide other cars as necessary from other vehicles or from a range of partners.

 

There are many other options available for transport including pink or silver hearses, motorcycle and sidecar or trike hearse, using a tractor and trailer, horse and carriage or campervan or VW beetle hearse and matching cars.

VW camper hearse, Horse and carriage, Motorcycle hearse

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

We are committed to minimising our impact on the environment and it is one of our core values.

 

We are able to provide many “green” services for those who are concerned about the environment. In order to be truly environmentally friendly it is important to consider the carbon footprint of each of the pieces of the funeral. This will always have to be balanced with what is practical and desirable. We can help you.

 

Some of the different aspects to consider are:

  • A wide range of environmentally friendly coffins are available including one we have developed ourselves being marketed as Sunset coffins, or a wide range of willow and other woven coffins.
  • Burial is greener than cremation and although it needn’t be a woodland burial it is better for a tree to be planted instead of a headstone.
  • We use 100% recycled paper and card for orders of service and our other stationary.

As part of our commitment to a more environmentally conscious business we have completed many environmentally friendly projects including our new bio-diesel hearse, solar-powered chapel of rest and solar-water-heating shown below.

Green Daimler DS420 converted for bio-deisel
Solar panels provide chapel of rest with power
Solar panels heat water for the office

ALTERNATIVE FUNERALS

Non-religious or humanist

If you or your loved one are not religious then there are services available which can create a funeral service around the individual personality of the person who has died.

 

Often non-religious funerals are conducted by a celebrant who performs the role of the vicar in designing and leading the funeral service. There are many different types of celebrant including members of the British Humanist Association or Institute of Civil Funerals or they may be totally independent.

 

We recommend Su Chard who offers people-centred funerals. Or if Su is not available then we have a list of other names of people who can help.

 

Themes

If you have a favourite film or pastime this could be incorporated into a funeral based around the theme. Whether it’s a decorated coffin or fancy dress or special hearse, many things can be incorporated. Ideas that already have been developed include: North American Indian rituals, Star Trek and Star Wars services, funeral journey by narrow boat or postal van (including decorated coffin as a parcel), coffin decorated with sheet music and many more.

 

We believe we have the right skills and imagination to suggest and fulfil a personal funeral service whatever your requirements, that remains a sensitive and reverent celebration of a person’s life.

 

Personal

Whatever the type of funeral it is important to make the funeral a personal experience. Sometimes this can be achieved by the inclusion of only one simple personalisation , for example we have used a tractor to pull the coffin on a trailer, for a tractor enthusiast. We are happy to discuss these and can provide advice on the practicality of certain ideas.

ORDERS OF SERVICE

Orders of Service can be a lasting record of the service and can be treasured for years to come by those who attend funerals. They are not always necessary as hymns can be found in hymn books that are provided in churches or crematoria. However, there are a great many other things that can be included.

 

  • You may have a cross, a photograph of the deceased, place of worship or other symbol and include any aspect of the service e.g. Lord's Prayer, Readings, Poems, Gift Aid form etc. However, the more that is included the more pages that are necessary and the greater the cost.
  • You may want to include the nominated charities for donations and possibly a Gift Aid form to increase the amount of donations. Alternatively Gift Aid envelopes can sometimes be supplied by the charities.
  • You may also like to invite attendees for refreshments following the service.
  • We can provide a range of paper types, layouts or configurations. We also have extensive experience of photo manipulation to make your photograph perfect.
QR code
  • We will also publish the order of service online (free of charge) and provide QR codes (right) at the funeral location for smartphones and tablets to scan. Users of this service will then be able to follow the order of service on their device.

 

  • We can also produce large print versions for those who are visually impaired.

FLORAL TRIBUTES

There are many wonderful designs for floral tributes available from most florists.

Example tributes from the sympathy range available from Sunflowers Florist Ltd located in Chapel Street in Cam.

Floral tribute 1
Floral tribute 2
Floral tribute 3
Floral tribute 4

We can arrange for flowers on your behalf or you can phone our local florist Sunflowers Florist Ltd on (01453) 543332.

Sunflowers are capable of individually designed floral creations which should be discussed with them direct and as soon as possible.

Here are some examples…

 

Plane floral tribute
mini floral tribute
Welsh flag floral tribute
  • When ordering flowers, you can tell the florist to deliver the flowers to the funeral directors (L.W.Clutterbuck in Cam) and remember to tell them the date of the funeral so that they can make sure the flowers are with us on the morning of the funeral.
  • If you are expecting lots of flowers please let us know so that we can make sure there is adequate room on the hearse or provide an additional car.
  • We will arrange the flowers for the mourners to see at the end of the service or according to what has been arranged. We can arrange for flowers to be placed on a grave of your choice, given to a local nursing home, placed where ashes are to be intered or scattered in due course, or placed at the local war memorial.
  • If you would like us to take photos of the flowers and messages please ask us. Or you might like to bring a camera to capture your own photos. (The quality of the results may be limited depending on light conditions)
  • It is possible to include a message with the flowers. We can provide cards for this purpose or you can obtain them from the florist. If you would like us to record these messages, please let us know.

Registered address:

24-26 High Street, Cam,

Dursley, Glos, GL11 5LE

Directors:

Mr Jeremy Clutterbuck, BSc

Mrs Lynn Hallam

VAT Registration

number:

771 5292 25

Company Registration

number:

4716310