Cremations: What’s the difference between direct cremation and normal cremation?

Direct cremation is increasing in popularity, but normal cremations are still the preferred choice. So, what’s the difference? By far, the most common funeral option chosen in the UK is cremation.  In fact, cremation is typically chosen more than 3 times as often as a traditional burial. At John Edwards Funeral Directors, we offer a […]

Woodland burials

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Environmental concerns about the eco-damage done by traditional funerals – both burials and cremation – over the past 30 years have led to a rapid expansion of what is known as ‘woodland burials’.  There is concern about CO2 emissions resulting from cremation (which also account for 16% of mercury emissions in the UK due to […]

Types of funeral

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There is a wider variety and freedom of funeral and burial choice than ever. From high church to secular and humanist, with a traditional interment through to cremation or a ‘natural’ burial – or even having the deceased’s ashes set in jewellery or blasted off in a firework display. There are now many different types […]

How much does a funeral cost?

There are many things to think about and decide when arranging a funeral. It is often a difficult time for family and friends who are dealing with loss. A funeral is also, to some people’s surprise, a lot more expensive than they thought, often costing thousands of pounds. We’ll give you a breakdown of a […]

How to organise a church funeral

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Find out what you need to know to help you plan a church funeral. A church funeral is the traditional option. According to a poll conducted by YouGov in 2014, 50% of the UK population does not ‘regard themselves as belonging to any particular religion’. However, around a million people each week attend a Church […]


Cremation is the most common form of funeral in the UK, making up some 70% of ceremonies. Most crematoria are run by, or on behalf of, local authorities. While many people will contact a funeral director to make the arrangements for a cremation, it is not a legal obligation. At a time of great emotional […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19) statement from John Edwards Funeral Directors LTD

We have been advised by the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) to provide guidance for coronavirus (COVID-19) and funerals. We are adhering to this code of practice so that we can protect families and staff. The current message for funerals The current message from the Government is that funerals should continue, but take into […]

7 Funeral Myths

Funeral  directors must ensure all the relevant options are covered when arranging a funeral on behalf of their client. At John Edwards Funeral Directors we are often surprised by some of the misconceptions that people have about funerals and how to arrange them. There are other common myths that we hear about and wanted to […]

Bereaved families to receive funeral payments quicker

It is estimated around 800 claims for funeral payments are received each week by the Department for Work and Pensions Bereavement Support team Families grieving the loss of a loved one will find it easier to get help to meet upfront funeral payments, as a result of a new change to speed up Funeral Expenses Payment […]

What is a natural burial?

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What is a natural burial? Natural burials are emerging as a popular alternative to traditional burials and cremation. Here, we look at what natural burials, or woodland burials, are, how much they cost and how they differ from more mainstream options. Environmentally friendly burials Natural burials, also known as woodland or green burials, aim to return the […]