Coffins and Caskets
The choice of vessel for your loved one’s burial can be a tough one to make, but our ceremony directors are by your side through it all. Be it a coffin or casket, it is paramount that it be of high quality and suitable to your loved one’s measurements. J Lawrence & Sons have the experience to help you choose the best option.
Though used interchangeably, coffins and caskets do share some differences. Coffins are usually narrower at the top and bottom, while caskets are uniformly rectangular throughout. Both are bestowed a polished exterior, but caskets in specific are usually constructed out of higher quality wood and possess more elaborate crafted finishes.
No matter your choice, you can rest assured to find one suited to your needs in our wide selection of coffins and caskets. We painstakingly check that each is to the highest standards of quality, utilising excellent timber and veneer to extend the vessel’s lifespan. Our impeccable attention to detail and superior craftsmanship can be seen in all our products as a respectful tribute to your loved one.
Our company tailors services to a wide range of religious backgrounds, which is why we also offer cremation alongside traditional burial services. We leave the choice to you.
Cremation is no small thing and cannot be trusted to just anyone. This is why we have partnered with three of the most trusted crematoriums in the area: Southampton Crematorium, Wessex Vale Crematorium, or Test Valley Crematorium.
As for cemeteries, there are several in the area which are all Council-owned, but you can always get in touch with us should you be looking into other locations around the area. Ashes from the cremation can be preserved in an urn which we will gladly provide or scattered at the cemetery.
Another option is scattering them in a churchyard or a family gravesite, or simply at your loved one’s favourite spot. While you decide on the final resting place of your loved ones, the remains can stay under our care until you and your family reach a decision.
Family members, religious practice, and your own personal wishes all factor into the decision of burying your loved one. Our burial services leave none of these elements unaccounted for, especially since we make it a point to consult with you first before any execution on our part.
Choosing a burial site can be a tough decision, as it is considered to be the deceased’s final resting place. With this in mind, we can arrange for the burial to be in a family graveyard, church, or a non-religious chapel. Everything down to the last detail is planned by our ceremony directors. You can opt for hymns or pre-recorded music at the burial. We even provide the coffin or casket, making a wide range available for your every requirement.
Presenting flowers at death ceremonies has been a time-honoured tradition for hundreds of years, thereby necessitating that the chosen arrangement is appropriate and appealing to the eye. Families usually choose their loved one’s favourite flower but can also change their minds once they take a look at the extensive arrangements we offer.
Religious factors also have a bearing on the choice of flowers. For instance, Buddhists will never allow red flowers to be present during their funerals. With this in mind, our florists are happy to provide you with advice to help you choose the most beautiful arrangement for your loved one’s passing.
We can have your flowers arranged into different aesthetic forms, from garlands to wreaths to casket sprays. Lilies, orchids, and chrysanthemums are just a few of our most popular choices. Open-casket services usually opt for half-casket sprays, whereas closed casket funerals mix flowers and greens for a unique combination.
Flowers can be arranged for by us, or you can have your florist deliver your order to the site a minimum of 2 hours before the ceremony’s start.
Memorial services are usually held after the ceremony to bring together the family and friends of the deceased and celebrate some of their brightest memories. Such teary occasions can be both time-consuming and expensive to plan, especially during such an emotionally stressful time.
Our professionals are right by your side to relieve you of this burden and put together a beautiful memorial service. You can request certain features to be included, such as flowers, music, and religious services, all within your budget.
We provide three hearse options for mourners: an ultramodern Jaguar limousine, a traditional Daimler Limousine, or a horse-drawn hearse. Our limousines seat up to 7 passengers and return mourners to their places of residence after the service.
You can of course opt for taking your own car. You can also choose to follow and meet the hearse at its destination, as it departs from J Lawrence & Sons premises, the deceased’s home, or your own place of residence.