As a society we afford special reverence, quite rightly, to the NHS doctors and nurses who are working in increasingly stressful conditions - nothing short of heroic!
One vital group, however, who have so far been noticeably absent from public discussion, is the funeral profession – the people who care for those who have died and of course, for the bereaved.
The government announced that those responsible for ‘management of the deceased’ are to be categorised as ‘key workers,' but I rarely read of people calling them ‘heroes’. I can tell you that they are. I work alongside them and so I get to see and hear first hand how incredibly difficult it has been for them.
I would personally like to pay tribute to all funeral professions, but especially to the excellent people I know and have had the good fortune and honour of working with.
I know you do a very special job and that you do it with sincerity and compassion. Well done all of you!
We honestly can’t thank Steve enough for the beautiful service he did for our beloved grandad ... we will be eternally grateful to Steve for his compassion & sincerity when we were planning grandad's funeral...
Thank you Steve from all of Major George Pooles family ❤️
Steve did a fantastic job the service was just how we wanted it and it felt like he really new Jim.
Everyone who was at the funeral commented on how lovely the service was.
Thank you Steve for helping us get through a very sad day.
Good morning Steve,
I want to thank you so very, very much for Mum's service yesterday. It felt so much like you actually knew her. The words you spoke and how you delivered it were done with such compassion for my mum. Every single person commented on what a beautiful service you gave. You did my mum proud and I can't thank you enough for that.
I recognise how important it is for you to have the opportunity to celebrate the life of your loved-one and to be given the space to say your farewell. In light of the present situation with the COVID-19 virus, I would like to re-assure you that measures have been put in place to protect you and others.
Steve can provide a Mindful, Modern Memorial Ceremony as an alternative to a Funeral Ceremony, which family and friends may attend at a later date and at a venue of your choice.
A Memorial Ceremony may or may not have the ashes of your loved-one present. They may be held in a community centre or in a location that is unique and special to you - indoors or outdoors.
This means that you have the option to postpone the memorial until such a time that logistical arrangements can be made to gather your guests together and to meet at the location of your choice.
Remember, the location need never be a limitation to a memorial ceremony.
I would like to thank for the lovely service you did for mum and the picture tribute. It was very personal and I think you captured her well.
Many thanks for your kind thoughts and your comforting, supporting presence.
Jayne and Anne
We have been actively monitoring the coronavirus situation daily since its emergence.
We have implemented a contingency plan across the business in order to protect the health of our team and those with whom we come in contact. This includes, but is not limited to, implementing the advice of the authorities, particularly Public Health England and others as appropriate.
We will be doing our very best to maintain our services during this time.
You should continue to contact us in the usual way, via email, or telephone or via Steve’s Website.
On behalf of www.holdingdear.com
A funeral webcast is where the funeral service is broadcast live over the internet. Families choosing this service are provided with a private log in and password. This information, together with instructions can be given to friends and relatives, whoever they would like to invite to take part in the service, no matter where they live.
Friends and family can participate in the service, even if they are not physically able to attend. It can be quite comforting to know that those unable to make the funeral will be able to participate.
Webcasting is not designed to replace attending the service in person. It is to give those who cannot attend the chance to be involved.
I, or your appointed Funeral Director can arrange this for you whether or not the crematorium provide this service. Feel free to message me for details.