Losing a child is the most painful experience any of us can face. It is difficult to make the decisions and choices whilst feeling so vulnerable, so over the days we help you to give careful consideration to the choices available along with the support and advice you would expect from experienced professionals to plan the funeral so that it reflects their personality and their time in the world, however short, and gives a degree of comfort to the family at such a distressing time. We will work with you to capture their essence in the most appropriate funeral service possible.
For the funerals of babies and children up to 16 years, there is no charge for our services. This includes collection of the child, and our professional services. Depending on your wishes, there may be a charge for vehicles and for your choice of coffin or casket. However, these will be kept to a minimum. There may be a charge made by third parties such as the Crematorium or the Cemetery. Again, these will be kept to a minimum.
Depending upon the age of the child it is not always appropriate to use a hearse, and it is not always appropriate to use a black hearse. We can discuss the wide variety of vehicle options.
Many parents choose to have a white coffin for a child but it is possible to have a bespoke design reflecting favourite things such as imagery around stories, TV shows or colours.
We can arrange Orders of Service totally personalised to your requirements in full colour including photographs. These can provide mourners with a welcome keepsake of the day and make a lovely item for a memory box.
It is becoming more popular to release doves as a symbol of love and “freedom”. As an alternative, people are also choosing to release helium filled balloons. We are happy to arrange this and obtain any permissions required on your behalf.
We will do everything we can to make sure that your visit to the Chapel of Rest is as peaceful and as beneficial to you and your family as possible. If you would like us to take hand/footprints or keep a lock of hair for a Memory Box, please ask.
We understand that your child is your child however old or young they may be and that you will want to take care of them in your way as long as possible. We encourage families to participate in the arrangements and we will ensure that you do as much as you can and want to. At the times that we are responsible for their care, we promise to treasure them as if they were our own.