Funeral Directors

Associated Funeral Directors

The following are local Funeral Directors with whom I am registered and / or (*) have performed ceremonies on behalf of their clients. 

Director  Office Locations  Telephone  Information
*   L Tranter & Son  Telford / Newport / Ironbridge  01952 613932  Family run business started in 1898
*   Frank Painter & Sons   Shrewsbury  01743 362024  Family run business started in 1939
*   E.H. Owen   Shrewsbury  01743 464509 .Local business with years of experience
 J. R. Williams  Market Drayton / Waters Upton  01630 654490  Family run business started in 1978
*   Harry Edwards & Sons  Wellington  01952 244949  Independent Family Business
*   Hilton’s Funeral Directors  Muxton, Telford  01952 228570  Independent Family Run Business
*   C J Williams Funeral Service  Telford (Dawley / Madeley / Lawley)  01952 506835  150 Years as an Independent Family Business
*   Northwood & Sons  Much Wenlock   01952 727248  Traditional Funeral Services
*   Co-op Funeral Care   Whitchurch  01948 665687  Multiple offices throughout Shropshire
*   APNE Sanderson   Wolverhampton  01902 399740  Independent family company
 Pughs Funeral Directors  Shrewsbury  01743 344 646  Family run business started in 1890  (4th Gen)
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*   E. J. Edgerton & Son    Bradenheath / Whitchurch / Ellesmere  01948 710286 Family Business / Monumental Masons
*   R Greaves & Co  Wem  01939 768070  Lady Funeral Director – Since 2002
*   Rolfe’s Family Funerals  Whitchurch  01948 662209  Family run business established 50 years
*   Grindalls of Wem   Wem  01939 233903  Overseen by Frank Painter & Sons 
*   John Williams Funeral Service  Shifnal   01952 460669  Member of the Shropshire Funeral Plan 
*   Nantwich Funeral Services  Nantwich / Crewe / Audlem   01270 812512  Three offices offering full range of services
 Gavin Palin Funeral Services  Nantwich   01270 624153  Independent Funeral Services
*   Crewe Funeral Services  Crewe  01270 588980  Steve Linde – Independent Family Business

The Funeral Director

The National Association of Funeral Directors defines funeral directors as:

‘Those persons who are personally responsible for dealing with the bereaved for the purpose of making and / or conducting the funeral arrangements’.

The Funeral Arranger

Someone employed by the Funeral Director who may initially meet and speak with the bereaved and consequently take instructions as to what sort of funeral is required, as well as when and where.

Roles of the Funeral Director

*      Master of Ceremonies

Effectively ‘Master of Ceremonies’ on the day of the funeral and in essence, in charge of the smooth running of the occasion.

*      Custodian of the Body

They act as custodian of the body from the time the person is collected by them and brought to their premises to the time of the funeral.

*     Health & Safety Advisor

At a burial, they will need to ensure health and safety around the coffin at the graveside and that the grave is the appropriate size.

*      Agent

Act as agent between the family and other associated organisations. This will include ensuring the correct paperwork and certificates are completed and may include liaising with doctors, coroners’ officers, clergy, celebrants, crematoriums and cemeteries, gravediggers, coffins, florists, printers etc.

*      Technical Advisor

Advising families on the options open to them, different types of funerals available, venues, crematoriums and cemeteries in the local area. They advise on the supply of products such as flowers, printing and can purchase them in readiness. They also arrange charity donations, newspaper announcements and music requirements.

*      Contractor

The funeral director acts as a contractor to carry out the wishes of the family and they handle all payments, often paying suppliers including celebrants before the funeral takes place.