Why Choose Us?
It’s never easy losing a loved one, and during a time where you wish to be left to process your grief, it can be frustrating having to deal with funeral arrangements. While some choose to shoulder the burden alone, we never recommend this course of action. It’s also best to reach out to a team of professional funeral directors, as they have far more experience dealing with such matters. This is especially true of J Lawrence & Sons.
Founded in 1870, we’re a family-run business, and one of the oldest independently run businesses in Southampton. Currently led by Chris and John Lawrence, who’ve been involved with the business since leaving school, we’re committed to providing top-quality funeral services. It’s our belief that you shouldn’t have to pay a fortune to give your loved ones a proper send-off; you can read more about how we make funerals more affordable below.
Chris and John bring a combined 60+ years of experience to the table, so you can trust that any funeral arrangements are in safe and capable hands. As funeral directors go, we’re confident you won’t find a more compassionate, personable service than ours. We treat you with respect, demonstrating empathy at a time when you’re most in need. Any funeral arrangements will be taken care of with discretion, and we’ll always remain sensitive to your needs.
Do you Need an Undertaker for a Funeral?
While there’s no obligation whatsoever to enlist a funeral director, it’s always advised. Consider that losing a loved one is a traumatic experience. Consider also just how much planning goes into arranging a funeral. It’s a stressful endeavour at the best of times, further compounded by the grief you’re no doubt experiencing. The last thing you want is for the funeral to fall far short of the mark. This is your last chance to say goodbye, so you’ll want to make it count.
That’s where J Lawrence & Sons comes in. We ensure that every last detail is accounted for, and we coordinate everything in accordance with either your wishes or those of the deceased. We take over the stress of making the arrangements, leaving you free to process your grief either alone or with friends and family members. And when everything is in place, we’ll deliver a funeral service that suitably honours the memory of the deceased.
What Happens in a Funeral Parlour?
After death, the body of the deceased is brought to the funeral parlour, where it is bathed and disinfected. This might sound callous, but it is done for our safety as well as the comfort of those attending the funeral. Next, the body is prepared in accordance with your wishes and those of the deceased. This includes embalming, refrigerated storage (for cremations), preparation for green burials, etc.
Restoration services may be required in the event of a traumatic death, especially if a viewing has been specified. Clothing is also arranged along with jewellery or other mementoes, as allowed by the person’s religion. If the body is to be viewed, other cosmetic details will be added; for instance, the hair might be styled. This lets friends and family members view the departed as they were when they are alive, making the viewing far less traumatic.