Our Availability

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Our Availability

We are available 24-Hours a day throughout the Christmas and New Year period as normal and our telephones will be answered personally by Adrian throughout this time.

If you suffer a bereavement and it is your wish for us to handle the funeral arrangements, please do not hesitate to call us and we will guide you through what needs to be done. If the death occurs at home or in a care home, we will arrange removal of the deceased, at no additional charge. If you wish to speak to someone face to face regarding arrangements then Adrian will be happy to visit you in the privacy of your own home.

Adrian and the whole team at Cleobury Funeral Directors wish you all a Peaceful Christmas

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We're Here For You

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We're Here For You

At Cleobury Funeral Directors, we understand how difficult it can be facing Christmas without a loved one. Whether its a loved one that has Passed Away recently or if they left us years ago:- it is still difficult.

We have compiled ten top tips to help you get through Christmas after your loss.

  • DO talk to your friends and family. They will be grateful if you tell them what you need as they care about you and will be conscious of your loss. Just because they don’t mention it, it doesn’t mean they don’t care, it just means they don’t know what to say and are afraid of upsetting you.
  • DO schedule time in the day to perform a small ritual in memory of your loved one. Light a candle, look at some happy photos, and tell others of a happy memory that you shared. Shed a tear, but be grateful for the time you had them with them and focus on this rather than their absence in your future.
  • DO plan at least one thing during the day just for YOU. Be selfish.  If you want to watch your favourite TV programme with a glass of wine, or go for a walk to a favourite spot or indulge in your favourite treat, make sure you are able to plan this into your day and visualise it and look forward to it. Your loved one wouldn’t want you to feel miserable all day.
  • DO ask for support from friends. If you must be alone, ask a friend to call you at a set time so you can share a favourite memory of your absent loved one.
  • DON’T be a martyr. Tell people how you feel, and how difficult this Christmas will be for you. Don’t expect people to read your mind or intuitively know what you need. If you haven’t had an invite try asking someone if you can pop in during the day. Your true friends will be more than happy to help and support you through this difficult time.
  • DON’T beat yourself up if you feel sad and depressed or cry; know that this is completely normal and that the first Christmas will be the worst. Look into the future and believe that it will get easier. If you feel really desperate don’t forget you can always call ‘The Samaritans’ on 116 123 if you just want an ear at the end of the phone. It is not weak to reach out for help. You are grieving and you are in pain.
  • DO try and find an inspirational reading or poem that you can read during the day if you feel down. Choose this in advance and know that it will lift your spirits if things get too bad; this is your back up plan.
  • DO enjoy a Christmas drink, but avoid numbing your pain with alcohol. This will just make you feel worse in the long run. Have a glass or two, but know your limit.
  • DO try to have FUN. I know this is the last thing you want to hear but all the clichés are true, ‘Life goes on’ and ‘life is for the living’.  Above all think about if your loved one would want you to have fun. I don’t feel it is disrespectful to laugh during your darkest times; sometimes it is the only way to survive.
  • DO celebrate when you get to the end of the day; you took control and not only survived, you found some pleasure in the day, and you will enjoy many more Christmas days and create new special memories as well as always remembering the special times you shared with your loved one.

Please also remember that Adrian & staff are available throughout the Christmas period to offer help, support and advice on 01299 540541.

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Silver Fleet for Alan Shinton

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Silver Fleet for Alan Shinton

Friday 4th Decembersaw us say Goodbye to Alan 'Ed' Shinton who Passed Away on 19th November after a long illness fought with great courage and dignity.

The colourful celebration of Alan's life took place at Wyre Forest Crematorium and was led by Stuart Crompton.

The cortege, a silver Jaguar Hearse & Limousine, decorated in green, red & gold ribbons and bows truly reflected this wonderful mans colourful life.

Alan's coffin was draped in the Army Dog Unit (NI) flag and his beret & medals were on the coffin throughout the ceremony.

Our thoughts are with Cath and all the family as they try to come to terms with their loss.

Although we did not know Alan personally, we are sure that he would of been so proud of you all and the send off you gave him.

With Cath's kind permission, we are sharing some of the photographs in memory of this very special man.

Rest In Peace Alan

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Tree of Remembrance

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Tree of Remembrance

Due to the popularity of last years tree, we are please to advise everybody that our Christmas Tree of Remembrance is now up.

The purpose of the tree is to enable the public to write a star in memory of someone special whether it be a short message or just the persons name. These stars will then be hung on the tree where they will stay until the new year. We will then attach the stars to balloons and release them from outside our offices in Talbot Square.

As part of our ongoing commitment to our community, the stars are available to everyone, no matter where or when they lost their love ones.

Stars are now available from our office. Alternatively, you can email or facebook us your message and we will write the stars on your behalf.

At Cleobury Funeral Directors, we understand how difficult it can be facing Christmas without a loved one. We are available personally throughout the Christmas and New Year period to offer help, support and guidance, 24-hours a day.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me on 01299 540541 or email: adriansatterly@btinternet.com or visit our website Cleobury Funeral Directors

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We're Here To Help

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We're Here To Help

When faced with the death of a loved one, the task of arranging a suitable funeral for that person can seem a daunting and traumatic experience. At Cleobury Funeral Directors, we will sit down and explain the many options available and offer help and guidance to ensure that your loved one receives a befitting send-off.

With many years experience in arranging and conducting funerals, our Funeral Directors will guide you through the process step by step. You will find that nothing is too much trouble and we will always be there when you need us.

Although based in Cleobury Mortimer, we are finding that through the reputation we have built, we are often being asked to carry out funerals in other areas including Droitwich & Birmingham.

If you have suffered a bereavement and would like to speak to one of our experienced staff please give us a call on 01299 540541

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Our Assurance Regarding Our Prepayment Plans

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Our Assurance Regarding Our Prepayment Plans

Quite recently our newspapers, radio and television was once again full of reports that concerned me deeply. The reports stated that a funeral director in the UK had allegedly sold funeral plans to people and then ceased trading and disappeared with their life savings of thousands of pounds.

It’s reasonable to expect that if this person sold two funeral plans, he is very likely to have sold more and that this is not an isolated incident but the tip of a very large iceberg.

You can imagine how we all felt, justifiable anger at yet another incident that is likely to damage the good name of a profession we hold so dear, and great sorrow at the obvious distress to the people involved.

In the days that followed Cleobury Funeral Directors once again received numerous calls from our clients who, quite naturally, wanted reassurance that their money was safe.

We were happy to offer these assurances, confident in the knowledge that the plans we sell are completely safe and that our plan holder’s money is securely invested in a well managed trust fund.

We were however surprised when a concerned family contacted us regarding a Funeral Plan sold by another reasonably local Funeral Firmand when they brought us photocopies of the paperwork we realised that they were right to be concerned.

Funeral plans covered by insurance or trust arrangements are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) however, the FCA does stipulate rules for each method of investment, so sums paid by the customer are safeguarded and available to pay for the funeral when needed. To ensure that this happens the industry regulates itself via the Funeral Planning Authority (FPA). The FPA has a code of conduct which registered providers must comply to.

The FPA also has a ‘pledge to customers’ for cases where a registered provider goes insolvent: the remaining providers and the FPA will examine ways to ensure that the funerals of that provider are carried out.

Sadly, because membership of the FPA is voluntary, this means that there are plan providers out there who are not subject to the FPA’s rigorous scrutiny. A similar situation arises in the travel industry where holiday companies and tour operators are not legally obliged to belong to either ATOL or ABTA, but would you buy a holiday from a company who wasn’t a member? I know I wouldn’t.

The moral of this very sad tale is, quite clearly, only buy a funeral plan from a reputable business, like Cleobury Funeral Directors. Don’t buy any Funeral Director’s home grown funeral plan. Only buy a funeral plan from a plan provider who is a member of the FPA.

If you would like more information about our Golden Leaves or Avalon Funeral Plans please contact us and we will be happy to advise you.

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Ashes Into Glass

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Ashes Into Glass

Ashes into Glass Jewellery is a story.  

 

A story of pride, of strength, of courage.  A story of family and warmth, of smiles & laughter.  A story of romance, of hugs and of kisses.  An inner beauty, a kind heart, a warm smile.  Your Ashes into Glass jewellery is a story of love, a story of devotion and a story of a bond that cannot be broken.

 

You will be reminded that your loved one is with you.  In a fleeting thought, a fond memory, a song on the radio or a familiar face.  By wearing it or just holding it in your hand, you will connect with your loved one and share these special moments together.

 

Your loved one’s cremation ashes, coloured glass crystals and clear molten glass are expertly layered together using traditional techniques to create a beautiful, lasting tribute to the one you hold dear.

The choice is vast: Tribute Ring, Long Pendant, Earrings, Signet Ring, Round Pendant, Cufflinks, Memorial Paperweight.

For more information, please contact Cleobury Funeral Directors on Cleobury Mortimer 01299 540541

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Personalising the Funeral

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Personalising the Funeral

As I am sitting writing this, I am looking back at some of the funerals that I have arranged and conducted and I can see that more and more families are moving towards having a personalised funeral service. For many, this doesn’t mean going to the extreme  but it could just be adding a touch of something different to celebrate the life of someone dear. So here will will look at various options available from Cleobury Funeral; Directors. I hope that this will give you some ideas to consider and get you talking to your loved ones about what you would want. Please dont be afraid to ask if you have something in mind because as long as it is legal, we can more than likely help.

Transport:– There is now such a wide range of funeral vehicles that could be used the choice is endless. These are very personal and not to every ones choice, but if it’s what they would have wanted…why not? The change can be as simple as a different coloured vehicle or the ribbons and bows in the deceased's favourite colour fitted to one of our traditional hearses. Many people do not want the colour black and so have a pink, silver or white hearse and limousines. Of course there are other variations to the tradition hearse:

  • Horsedrawn Hearse & Mourning Carriages
  • Pink hearse
  • Vintage Rolls Royce hearse
  • Tank Hearse
  • Land Rover Hearse & Limousines
  • Motorcycle or Trike Hearse
  • JCB Hearse
  • London Routemaster Bus Hearse
  • Only fools and horses hearse
  • Union Jack Hearse
  • VW CamperVan Hearse & Limousines

At Cleobury Funeral Directors we are also able to arrange for a New Orleans Jazz band to lead the cortege to the service

Please remember that anything is possible

Flowers:– Flowers are a part of the funeral service that shows a lot about the person. These can be traditional or modern and beautiful in their own right. Adaptation can be made by having flowers from your own garden, using their favourite colour or flower, and for the very keen vegetable gardeners there is also the option to use their own vegetables within the floral tribute.

On a different note there are also adaptations to the style of the tribute. I have seen many wonderful creations in my time including dogs, cars, parrots, hammer, football logos, horses, television and many more. Our local florist will be able to advise you on the many options.

Music – A very personal part of any funeral service and one that is very hard to select is the music.  Within this is how many pieces of music should there be. Traditionally there are two pieces of music (one on entry and one on exit) and between 1-3 hymns depending on the type of service. A full Roman Catholic mass may have many more hymns within the service. For non-religious services it is becoming more common to have a piece of reflective music in place of a hymn. Within this time the congregation can take some time to remember the deceased. I would thoroughly recommend that this is something that is discussed as the music played shows the feel of the funeral and the individual. I have had the pleasure of hearing everything from Hey Mickey to the Cha cha Slide, Guns & Roses and even the Only Fools & Horses theme tune..

Readings, poems, and eulogy: – It is a very poinient part of the service when the life of the deceased and the memories that people have with them are read out within the eulogy or within speeches. These can be funny, sad, shocking and very emotional. Readings and poems offer a way of expressing how you feel and can be either religious or non-religious. The staff at Cleobury Funeral Directors will be able to offer guidance and help with suggestions.

Order of Service Sheets:– These are the booklets that show the congregation how the service will be carried out, any words to hymns, where any charity donations are to be sent, any reception details and also gives a way of expressing yourself. There are many different styles out there and can be anything from 2 to 12 pages. Again, Cleobury Funeral Directors will be able to advise and show you samples. You will always be given a proof that will show you exactly how it will be laid out.

Coffin/Casket:– Selecting the coffin can be one of the hardest parts of any funeral arrangement. It is such a personal choice and with whatever coffin or casket you choose, will represent the person for whom it is intended. There are many styles, types and materials that will enable you to make it personal. Wood types can differ greatly from oak, elm, mahogany, maple and cherry all from light to dark. There are many different styles and ornaments that can be added to personalise the coffin as well as the interior linings colour.
Apart from a traditional coffin there is now a much greater selection of coffins. Bamboo, banana leaf, Seagrass, Willow are all a natural alternative. These types are very popular for a natural or woodland burial but are not restricted to these.
For others that are looking for something a little different then there are the soft wool coffins, the eco-friendly cardboard coffins and the endless choice of the reflections range. Within the reflections range the exterior of the coffin can have on any design of your choosing. There are set designs to choose from but if you were looking for something in particular to adorn the coffin then this would be a very good choice. There is a wide range of caskets to choose from for every style and to suit all individuals.

Burial site: – When looking at burials there are four main areas to consider:
• Church yard – Many church yards are now full but it is worth discussing this with the local minister
• Cemetery – These can be run through the council or by a private firm.
• Woodland/natural – Most are run through private firms and offer a range. There are restrictions within the woodland and natural burial sites.
• At sea – Around 50 people each year are buried at sea. There are three places within the UK that allow this but there are restrictions that apply.
When considering the burial plot of yourself if pre-purchasing, or for a loved one on their passing, think about the person, having somewhere to visit, the memorial and the cost.
If the deceased did not want to be buried then there is always the option for cremation and then burial of ashes at any one of the burial sites listed above. These are just some of the burial sites for ashes that can be considered.

Symbolic releases – There are many ways to symbolise the life of someone at the service and can be a very poignant moment in the proceedings. The releasing of doves, balloons and Chinese lanterns can create a very special moment and also helps to involve others within the funeral service.

Getting organisations involved – If they were a member of a club or organisation then why not ask them to be involved. I have seen this on many occasions and it is always heart-warming and very special to see.

Obituary Notice:- This again is a very persoanl thing. Cleobury Funeral Directors staff are able to write a personalised Obituary on your behalf and place in local newspapers for you.

I understand that it is a hard subject to discuss, but I thoroughly recommend that you all discuss with your loved ones the kind of service that you would like, including all the personal touches that would do you proud.

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The Very Best Level of Care

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The Very Best Level of Care

In a constant effort to provide the very best level of care and comfort to our clients and their families, we are proud to introduce the new Jaguar XJ Hearse & Limousines to compliment our existing fleet of vehicles.

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What Makes Us Unique?

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What Makes Us Unique?

What Makes Us Unique

Ours is not just any funeral company. With our years of experience, and highly professional, friendly and compassionate staff, Cleobury Funeral Directors is the first choice for many families.

We are proud to embrace traditional values, diversity, and innovation in honoring the spirit and life of each person we serve. Cleobury Funeral Directors offers a full selection of:

  • Funeral and memorial services, ranging from traditional to uniquely innovative and personal
  • Burial services and cremation options
  • Natural choices, including Green Burial and Green Cremation
  • Celebrant Services

Letting go of a loved one is usually a very difficult process. In order to provide your family with peace-of-mind, Cleobury Funeral Directors offers complete care, so that you can focus on comforting each other as you prepare to say goodbye to someone dear to you.

Although there are many decisions you may have to make, we assure you that we will guide you through the process every step of the way. We promise to help you:

  • Design the most fitting memorial or funeral service to honor their memory and pay tribute to their life achievements and experiences.
  • Select the most appropriate products, including a coffin/casket, burial plot, cremation urn, cemetery or crematorium, to fit your budget and suit your needs and desires.
  • Write a fitting obituary to honor your loved one’s life experiences and social connections.
  • Assist in the publication of the obituary in the newspapers of your choice.
  • Make all arrangements with regard to the services whether they are held at your place of worship, family home, crematorium, cemetery, or alternate gathering place.
  • Provide you with beautiful print materials, such as Order of Service Sheets and Thank you cards.
  • Provide an elegant hearse and funeral cars, as well as arrange for escort vehicles if needed.
  • Help in the selection of floral tributes.
  • Prepare all necessary paperwork, and advise on procedures.

We hope you will turn to us for compassionate care and impeccable service. Our pledge is to honor your loved one and family with dignity, respect and personal attention to every detail.

Call Cleobury Funeral Directors today 01299 540541 to explore the wide variety of choices available to you and your family. Or if you’d rather, and if your need isn’t immediate, send us an e-mail.
 

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A Truly Independent Company

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A Truly Independent Company

In the last few weeks, we have received numerous enquiries as to whether we are part of a big company or connected to another funeral service.

In all forms of business today, there are big companies that have made their profits through taking over small firms. The funeral profession is no exception. Alot of businesses have been swallowed up by the giants. The trouble is that there sometimes isn't a change in name. Even some of the 'family firms' have been bought by other individuals who then use the old family name to make the public think that they are still dealing with the same family they have trusted over the years.

We would like to take this opportunity to emphasise that we are a truly Independent, Family owned and run Funeral Directors and are not owned by one of the big chains or by any other funeral company. With our office in Talbot Square, Cleobury Mortimer, we serve the families of all communities

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St John the Evangelist, Bridgnorth

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St John the Evangelist, Bridgnorth

On Wednesday 22nd July, many people gathered at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Bridgnorth to say a final goodbye to Mr Donald Grant. The mass commenced at 1.00pm and was led by Father Iain.

Following the mass, our hearse and cortege travelled into the countryside where Donald was laid to rest in the beautiful, tranquil setting of The Parish Churchyard of the Holy Trinity, Wheathill.

The number of people that attended both services just proved how well loved and respected Donald was. We would like to thank everyone for attending and giving Donald the send off that he deserved. Our special thanks to Father Iain for leading both services.

Donations in memory of Donald for British Heart Foundation may be sent to Cleobury Funeral Directors, 9 Talbot Square, Cleobury Mortimer.

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The Late Mr Donald Grant

Many people have been in contact with our office enquiring about funeral arrangements for the late Mr Donald Grant. We are now able to confirm the following:

GRANT. Donald, Passed away suddenly at home on 24th June 2015. Aged 82 Years. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Requiem Mass will take place at The Roman Catholic Church of St John the Evangelist, Northgate, Bridgnorth on Wednesday 22nd July 2015 at 1.00pm followed by interment at The Parish Churchyard of The Holy Trinity, Wheathill. No flowers by request but donations in memory of Donald for The British Heart Foundation may be given at the service or sent to Cleobury Funeral Directors, 9 Talbot Square, Cleobury Mortimer.

If anybody requires any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Cleobury Funeral Directors on 01299 540541.

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Our New Website

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Our New Website

We are proud to launch our new website as part of our name change from Wyre Forest Funeral Service to Cleobury Funeral Directors owned and run by Adrian Satterly. Please feel free to browse our website and submit reviews.

 

Cleobury Mortimer in the Snow.

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Cleobury Funeral Directors 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

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Cleobury Funeral Directors 1 Year Anniversary Celebration

I'm really proud to have celebrated 1 year of serving families in Cleobury Mortimer and the wider area. Been part of a local community is really important to Wendy and myself which is why we are changing our name to Cleobury Funeral Directors in recognition of the acceptance and fantastic support in which you have given us.

 


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