When you feel ready to discuss the funeral arrangements, J Lawrence & Sons (Undertakers) Ltd will be here to help. We offer tailored arrangements that celebrate and honour the life of your loved one. We’ll provide an initial consultation at whatever location is convenient to you, whether it’s our office or your own home.
Some of the important decisions to be made when planning a funeral include the following:
- Burial or cremation
- Church or chapel service
- Religious or non-religious service
- Music requirements
- Obituary notices
- Vehicle requirements
- Choice of coffin
- Viewing in our chapel of rest
- Options for the cremated remains
Burial or cremation
This decision is a very personal one. Religious beliefs may have a bearing on the choice that is made. The cost is another factor to consider. A burial may be seen as a more permanent resting place, though cremation may give more options of where the cremated remains are finally placed.
There is a choice of three crematoriums in Southampton:
- Southampton Crematorium, Bassett Green Road, Southampton.
- Wessex Vale Crematorium, Bubb Lane, West End.
- Test Valley Crematorium, Ridge Lane, Romsey.
The main cemeteries in Southampton are council-owned. They are Hollybrook, South Stoneham, St. Mary Extra, Millbrook and Southampton Old (reopened graves only). There are other cemeteries in the surrounding boroughs.
We can arrange flowers for you. However, if you prefer to use your usual florist then we usually ask for them to be delivered 2 hours before the funeral or the previous afternoon.
We have a modern Jaguar hearse and limousine and also a traditional classic Daimler limousine. Each limousine can seat up to seven mourners and we can hire additional limousines if required.
The limousine/s would also return you to your chosen destination after the service. Alternatively, you may, of course, decide that you would rather use your own cars.
You can choose to meet the hearse at the venue for the service or you can follow it there, leaving from our premises, the deceased’s home or your own home.
We can also provide a horse-drawn hearse if requested.
We offer a comprehensive range of coffins from traditional style solid wood and veneered coffins to the more modern designs:
- Somerset Willow
- Natural Woven
- Colourful Coffins
- Daisy Coffins
Making the decision to come and view your loved one can be difficult. You may wish to remember them as they were in happier times or if they had been in some discomfort leading up to the death, you may wish to see them at peace.
Many families find providing clothing can be very helpful. It can be comforting to know that your loved one is dressed as they would wish to be. If clothing isn’t provided, then we have gowns that we would use instead.
Cremated remains can be scattered in the crematorium garden of rest or, if there is a family grave, scattered on or buried in the grave. They can be placed in a churchyard if available.
Alternatively, you may wish to keep them at home or you can scatter them at a favourite location (permission may be required).
We will retain them at our premises for as long as required, whilst you make your final decision. We have a range of caskets/urns available for all options.