Funeral Directors Southampton

Welcome to J Lawrence & Sons where we’re proud to say that 2020 marked ou150th year of service as local funeral directors. Southampton residents can rely on our family-run funeral home for tailored, compassionate services that ensure all of your requirements are fulfilled. 

When a death in the family occurs, our Southampton funeral directors are here to provide support for you and your loved ones, taking you through all of the necessary processes, so you don’t become overwhelmed during this difficult time. You can call us on 02380 554 801 to discuss the situation – we’re always here to help! 

Funeral Arrangements 

Saying goodbye in the right way is of the utmost importance, so as soon as you feel ready to discuss the necessary arrangements, get in touch with our courteous funeral directors in Southampton. We’re going to offer you a range of bespoke arrangements that honour and celebrate the life of your loved one. 

Our consultations are available at our funeral home or at your home, if this is your preferred option. Just let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements to talk you through the decisions that need to be made, such as: 

  • Burial or Cremation 
  • Coffins and Caskets 
  • Flower Arrangements 
  • Music Requirements 
  • Obituary Notices 
  • Religious or Non-Religious Service 
  • Service in a Church or a Chapel 
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Please fill in our form below or give us a call on 023 8055 4801 and we will get back to you.


For many people, a burial is seen as a more permanent resting place. Oftentimes, the remains are placed in a family grave if there is one. The main cemeteries in the Southampton area are Hollybrook, South Stoneham, St. Mary Extra, Millbrook and Southampton Old. 

There are many different types of burial services available and if you’re not completely sure about the specifics of each one, then you’re encouraged to reach out to our funeral directors. Southampton residents can rest assured knowing that we can honour all of your requests and personal preferences for the burial. 


The decision between a burial or a cremation is a personal one and people’s religious beliefs will often have a bearing on the final choice that is made. With a cremation, there are more options regarding where the remains are finally placed. 

Some people leave specific instructions for where to scatter their ashes. If such instructions weren’t left, then they can be scattered in the crematorium garden or a family grave if there is one. Alternatively, you may wish to keep them at home in an urn. 

Coffins and Caskets 

Before this choice is made, it’s important to distinguish the difference between a coffin and a casket as they’re not the same thing. Coffins are tapered at the head and foot, and are wide at the shoulders. Caskets, on the other hand, are rectangular in shape. 

While both options that we offer at J Lawrence & Sons are constructed with care from reliable source materials, caskets are usually made from better quality timber and normally feature higher standards of craftsmanship. Our funeral directors in Southampton will talk you through all of your options and you can see photos of the coffins and caskets prior to making your decision as we know it’s an important one. 


Flower Arrangements 

Another important thing to consider is flower arrangements and if you would like some professional recommendations, then you’re welcome to reach out to our funeral directors, Southampton residents. The traditional gesture of sending flowers has existed for thousands of years as an expression of sympathy. 

Oftentimes, the choice of funeral flowers is an obvious one for the family because their loved one had a favourite flower. Other times, people want to know more about the available arrangements and see them first-hand before making the final decision, which is perfectly understandable. 

Our Southampton funeral directors have learned that people’s most preferred flowers for funerals are orchids, lilies, chrysanthemums, carnations and roses. They can all be presented and/or combined in different forms, including wreaths, baskets, casket sprays or standing sprays. 

Half-casket sprays are usually the preferred option for open casket services, with garland or casket inserts as an alternative. For closed casket funerals, a casket spray that combines several different flowers and greens is normally picked by the family. 

Our funeral directors in Southampton would be happy to show you all of the available options from our catalogue. However, if you would prefer to work with an outside florist, that’s absolutely fine as well – we will only ask you to make sure that the arrangement is delivered at least two hours before the service is due to start, in order to avoid any unnecessary delays. 

Memorial Services 

Our funeral directors Southampton can always rely on are here to lighten the burden during this emotionally charged time and help you organise a fitting memorial service that honours and celebrates the life and achievements of your loved one. 

The memorial service will be held after the burial and we will go over everything in detail with you beforehand because this is a very personal thing and people’s requirements can vary greatly. The memorial services can be held at a church or in a chapel. 

Religion is certainly an important consideration and a Christian service is one of your options from J Lawrence & Sons. If appropriate, hymns can be sung or alternatively, recorded music can be played from our wide-ranging catalogue, which we will show you beforehand. 

In case a religious service is inappropriate, just tell our funeral directors. Southampton residents, we have built up many valuable connections over the years with independent speakers as well as celebrants from the British Humanist Association. 

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Why Choose J Lawrence & Sons as Your Funeral Directors, Southampton? 

First established all the way back in 1870, J Lawrence & Sons is one of the oldest family businesses in Southampton and we’re proud to still be independently owned. Like our family before us, we have served the local area for a long time with our dedicated, sensitive funeral services. 

Our directors John and Chris Lawrence have been involved in the family business since leaving school, now bringing over 60 years of combined experience to the table, which is unmatched in the local area. We take great pride in doing our very best to help families through an immensely difficult time, step by step. 

Here at J Lawrence & Sons, we can help with funeral planning, funeral arrangements and any registration of death in South Hampshire. Come to us for a consultation and we will take the stress out of planning, ensuring that you don’t feel overwhelmed by all of the decisions that need to be made leading up to the funeral service. 

You’re more than welcome to contact us using one of the methods outlined below. We are always here to help, answer your questions and make appropriate recommendations regarding the specifics, so please feel free to reach out any time! 

Contact Our Southampton Funeral Directors for More Information 

Are you now ready to discuss the necessities with our courteous funeral directors? Southampton customers, you can get in touch with J Lawrence & Sons at your earliest convenience by either calling 02380 554 801, e-mailing your information over to or filling in our online enquiry form. We will get back to you shortly!