Funeral Directors Hedge End

Are you looking for help with making funeral arrangements? If so, you’ve come to the right place as J Lawrence & Sons are here to lend a much-needed helping hand. For more than 150 years, families have flocked to our funeral directors in Hedge End for help making final preparations. It can be difficult to lose a loved one, so we’re here to take the load off, giving you the time you need to grieve. If you would like to find out more about how we can help arrange a funeral, give our funeral parlour a call today on 023 8055 4801. 

Funeral Directors Serving Hedge End 

Losing a loved one is a reality that we all must face at some stage or another in our lives. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, partner, friend, etc., if you find yourself in a position where you’re mourning a recent loss while worrying about funeral arrangements, you’re not alone. Here at J Lawrence & Sons, we’re funeral directors in Hedge End, serving the local and surrounding areas for over 150 years. 

Making funeral arrangements can be difficult, especially when dealing with grief. The good news that we have plenty of experience and can handle every detail, ensuring your loved one gets the proper send-off they deserve. We take care of everything, from floral arrangements and music selections to obituaries and even arranging a memorial service. All we need from you are a few crucial details to help us make the necessary funeral arrangements. 

Meet Our Experienced Funeral Directors in Hedge End 

Our experienced funeral directors in Hedge End operate out of our funeral home, located in Southampton. As of 2020, we’ve officially been operating for 150 years. Over the last century and a half, we’ve assisted countless residents with making funeral arrangements. We provide a bespoke service with every last detail tailored to your wishes. Our goal is to ensure the memory of the deceased is honoured in the best way possible. 

We strive to provide compassionate funeral services, ensuring that all requirements are fulfilled. We just need a few crucial details from you, and from there, our team will ensure everything goes off without a hitch. You should have the time you need to process your grief with friends and family or alone. When you’re ready to speak to us, give us a call to arrange a time to visit our funeral home. Alternatively, we can visit your home if you prefer. 

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When planning a funeral, the first and most important choice you’ll make is whether to opt for a burial or cremation service. The next choice you’ll make if choosing a burial service is whether to bury the deceased in a coffin or casket. Here at J Lawrence & Sons, you can purchase both coffins and caskets from our funeral home, Hedge End residents. The principal difference between the two is that caskets are rectangular, whereas coffins are tapered at the head and foot and wider at the shoulders. 

Both are excellent funeral options and are crafted to a high standard, though caskets are usually more premium-quality and, as such, cost more. Come speak with our funeral directors, and we’ll talk you through the options we have available. We offer a comprehensive selection of coffins and caskets, ranging from traditional to modern options. 

Flower Arrangements

Sending flowers as a gesture of sympathy has long been a tradition, so every funeral should feature flower arrangements. Perhaps the deceased had a favourite type of flower. Or maybe you’re looking for something appropriate for the occasion. Whatever the case may be, we boast an excellent selection of funeral flowers, including: 

  • Orchids 
  • Lilies 
  • Chrysanthemums 
  • Carnations 
  • Roses 

We can arrange these flowers in different ways, from wreaths and baskets to casket and standing sprays. If a viewing is to occur as part of the funeral service, half-casket sprays can be created for an opencasket viewing. Alternatively, you can also opt for garlands or casket inserts. For closed casket funerals, we usually recommend a casket spray combining several flowers and greens. Remember that religion will play a role here, so it’s important we know of this. For instance, red flowers would be inappropriate for a Buddhist funeral. 

Once you’ve made your selections, our funeral directors in Hedge End will get your flowers sorted. If you’d prefer to use your own florist, we only ask that the flowers arrive two hours before the service begins. 


One of the many aspects to consider when planning a funeral is the transport. At J Lawrence & Sonswe provide Hedge End residents with various options, such as a limousine and a traditional classic Daimler limo as part of our funeral transport selection. You should consider capacity when booking funeral transport. We’ll need to know how many mourners will require transporting as each limousine can seat up to seven people. 

Regardless of how many vehicles you choose, you and everyone else will be transported to the venue where the funeral service is taking place. You can also use your own cars, just let us know if you require limited funeral transport or no transport at all. A hearse will, of course, be arranged to transport the deceased, and it’s up to you whether you meet the hearse at the venue or follow it there. The hearse can be driven from your home, the home of the deceased, or our premises. 

If you prefer something more traditional than our Jaguar hearses, you can also book a horse-drawn hearse. Please let us know if this option would be more suitable. 


There are various other considerations to be made when planning a funeral. Our funeral directors will need to know whether the funeral is to be a religious or non-religious ceremony. We’ll need to know if it’ll take place in a church or chapel. You’ll need to let us know of any music requirements for the funeral and whether you need any obituary notices to be created. We also take care of other factors associated with a funeral, such as donations, arranging for viewing in our chapel of rest, options for cremated remains, help with funeral costs, and more. 

Why Choose J Lawrence Funerals Directors?   

When planning a funeral, it can be a particularly stressful time for all involved. That’s why it’s a lot easier to simply hire professional funeral directors. Here at J Lawrence & Sons, we’ve been assisting with funeral arrangements for over 150 years. We’re a family-run business and one of the last independentlyowned businesses in Southampton. Our business is currently led by John and Chris Lawrence, who have been involved with the family business since leaving school. 

Together, they bring more than 60 years of experience to the table and take great pride in helping families say goodbye. If you need to arrange a funeral, they’ll take you through the process, remaining respectful and sensitive to your needs throughout. Funeral arrangements can be expensive, so if you’re worried about your family struggling to pay for your funeral when the time comes, consider one of our prepaid plans. More information can be found below. 


Can I Arrange a Funeral Without a Funeral Director   

There is no legal requirement to have a funeral arranged by professional funeral directors. In fact, you can go about making the arrangements yourself or by reaching out to the relevant department of your local authority. That being said, planning a funeral is never a pleasant experience and adds immense pressure to what is already a stressful ordeal. As you’ve likely gleaned from the above, there’s so much to consider and so much to plan.  

So, while you don’t need a funeral director to arrange a funeral, we highly advise you to hire one for your peace of mind. Remember that J Lawrence & Sons can provide as much or as little help as you need. We’re here to make the process easier for you so that you can focus on processing your grief. 


Funeral Services   

At J Lawrence & Sons, we offer a wide range of funeral services to make funeral planning a simple process. Whatever you need, our funeral directors will make it happen. We’ve touched on some of the areas we help with above, like funeral transportation and floral arrangements. The main funeral services we provide are: 

Cremation Services 

An advantage of cremation services is that you have more choice over where to spread the ashes than you would with a complete set of remains. If your funeral arrangements include cremation, you’ll be given the choice of three crematoriums. These are Southampton Crematorium, the Wessex Vale Crematorium, and Test Valley Crematorium. We also work with councilowned cemeteries – Hollybrook, St. Mary Extra, and Southampton Old. 

Alternatively, you can choose other cemeteries during the funeral planning, located in surrounding boroughs. You can also spread the ashes in the crematorium garden, over a family grave, or in a favourite location of the deceased. Finally, you can choose to take them home in one of the beautifully designed urns we have here at our funeral home. Don’t worry about deciding quickly, as we’ll hold onto the ashes until you’ve reached a decision. 


When making funeral arrangements, you should note that burial services are not all the same. They are usually reflective of the deceased, such as whether they were religious or not. As such, our funeral directors need to establish certain details when planning a burial service. We’ll guide you through this process, helping you make the right decisions. One main advantage of burial is that it provides a permanent resting place. 

As mentioned above, we work with the main councilowned cemeteries – Hollybrook in South Stoneham; St. Mary Extra in Millbrook; and Southampton Old. If you’d prefer to bury the deceased in a cemetery in one of the surrounding boroughs, we can make the necessary funeral arrangements. The service itself will be either religious or non-religious. We can offer non-religious funeral services in our chapel and work with many independent speakers and the British Humanist Association Celebrants. 

Whether the service takes place in the church or chapel, hymns can be sung or recorded music played if preferred. Please let us know in advance what sort of funeral you’d prefer to take place. 

Memorial Service

Memorial services usually follow on from the funeral service and are a fitting way to remember and honour the deceased. Our funeral directors can make the necessary arrangements, ensuring a memorial service that meets your requirements. 

Following the funeral, you may wish to hold a memorial (though some people opt to skip such services). During the funeral, you wouldn’t have a lot of time to come together, reminisce and comfort one another. That’s why memorial services are so popular because they provide a relaxed setting in which to interact with other funeral attendees. Such occasions can be a challenge to put together, but J Lawrence & Sons are here to help. 

Our funeral directors will tailor the service exactly the way you want it, providing a cost-effective service ensuring the service suitably honours the deceased’s memory. We personalise the service in any way we can, from flowers to music requirements. Get in touch to find out more. 

Prepaid Plans 

Funeral arrangements are usually very expensive, which can only add to the already mounting stress and anguish. If you’re concerned about leaving your family with a hefty bill to pay after you die, you should consider taking out a prepaid funeral plan. At J Lawrence & Sons, we’ve partnered with Golden Charter Funeral Plans to provide flexible plans that are affordable and entirely bespoke. 

A funeral plan gives you the option to plan your funeral, making all the arrangements, so your loved ones will not have to face such a burden. You’ll also be able to pay for these arrangements through monthly instalments. This helps you spread the cost of your funeral so that when the time comes, your family won’t have to spend a penny. And all we’ll need to do is simply execute your wishes as outlined in your plan. 


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so why not take a look at our funeral gallery. You’ll find images of our funeral directors along with pictures of the vehicles we use and our funeral parlour. 

Contact Our Funeral Directors Hedge End Today 

Having read through the above information, you should now have a better idea of what to expect when enlisting our funeral directors in Hedge End. Planning a funeral is never an easy task. There’s so much to remember, and often, the biggest challenge to overcome is deciding how best to honour the deceased’s life. That’s where hiring professional funeral directors can help. We have over 150 years of experience making funeral arrangements, so you can trust your request is in capable hands. 

To get in touch with our funeral directors in Hedge End, phone J Lawrence & Sons on 023 8055 4801. You can also email or fill out our contact form, and we’ll be in touch.