Arranging A Funeral

We can help you with everything, from the funeral flowers to the readings.

Give your local funeral directors in South Hampshire 
a call on 023 8055 4801.
Arrange a home visit
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Saying goodbye in the right way

When you feel ready to discuss the funeral arrangements, J Lawrence & Sons (Undertakers) Ltd will be here to help. We offer tailored arrangements that celebrate and honour the life of your loved one. We'll provide an initial consultation at whatever location is convenient to you, whether it's our office or your own home.

Have a look at a few of the funeral services planned by us.
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Funeral arrangements

Some of the important decisions to be made when planning a funeral include the following:
  • Burial or cremation
  • Church or chapel service
  • Religious or non-religious service 
  • Music requirements
  • Obituary notices
  • Flowers 
  • Donations
  • Vehicle requirements
  • Choice of coffin
  • Viewing in our chapel of rest
  • Options for the cremated remains

Burial or cremation

This decision is a very personal one. Religious beliefs may have a bearing on the choice that is made.  The cost is another factor to consider. A burial may be seen as a more permanent resting place, though cremation may give more options of where the cremated remains are finally placed.

There is a choice of two crematoriums in Southampton:
the council-owned Southampton Crematorium in Bassett Green Road, Southampton and the privately-owned Wessex Vale Crematorium in Bubb Lane, West End.

The main cemeteries in Southampton are council-owned. They are Hollybrook, South Stoneham, St. Mary Extra, Millbrook and Southampton Old (reopened graves only). There are other cemeteries in the surrounding boroughs.
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Service in a church or a chapel

Whether the funeral is a burial or a cremation, the service can be held in a church beforehand. If a church service is inappropriate, then the service can be held in the chapels at the cemeteries or the crematorium.

Religious or non-religious service

If a religious service is inappropriate, then there are non-religious speakers available to take services, either British Humanist Association Celebrants or independent speakers.
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Music requirements

Whether the service is in a church or a chapel, hymns can be sung or recorded music can be played. Recorded music at Southampton Crematorium and Wessex Vale Crematorium is computer-based and provided by Wesley Music. The list of available music can be browsed online.

Obituary notices

We can place notices in national and regional papers for you. Notices placed in The Daily Echo also appear online.
Obituary notices


We can arrange flowers for you. However, if you prefer to use your usual florist then we usually ask for them to be delivered 2 hours before the funeral or the previous afternoon. 


We will collect and forward donations to your chosen charity. Usually, donations will be held for up to 6 weeks before we send them to the charity. We then send you a list of all the donors and the final amount we received (however, a list can be forwarded to you at any time).
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Vehicle requirements

We have a modern Jaguar hearse and limousine and also a traditional classic Daimler limousine. Each limousine can seat up to seven mourners and we can hire additional limousines if required. The limousine/s would also return you to your chosen destination after the service. Alternatively, you may, of course, decide that you would rather use your own cars.

You can choose to meet the hearse at the venue for the service or you can follow it there, leaving from our premises, the deceased’s home or your own home. We can also provide a horse-drawn hearse if requested.

Choice of coffin

You can choose the coffin from either our traditional range or from our natural range. You can view the traditional range in our gallery or the natural range from our suppliers' (Somerset Willow, Natural Woven Products, Daisy Coffins and Natural Legacy) websites. All our coffins are suitable for burial or cremation.
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Viewing in our chapel of rest

Making the decision to come and view your loved one can be difficult. You may wish to remember them as they were in happier times or if they had been in some discomfort leading up to the death, you may wish to see them at peace. 

Many families find providing clothing can be very helpful. It can be comforting to know that your loved one is dressed as they would wish to be. If clothing isn’t provided, then we have robes that we would use instead.

Options for the cremated remains

Cremated remains can be scattered in the crematorium garden of rest or, if there is a family grave, scattered on or buried in the grave. They can be placed in a churchyard if available. Alternatively, you may wish to keep them at home or you can scatter them at a favourite location (permission may be required).

We will retain them at our premises for as long as required, whilst you make your final decision. We have a range of caskets/urns available for all options.
cremated remains

Help with funeral costs

If you require financial assistance to arrange the funeral, we can help you access the Funeral Payment scheme from the Social Fund.

Golden Charter funeral plans

We offer prepaid funeral plans in partnership with Golden Charter. Get in touch with us today to find out more.
Golden Charter funeral plan
Whether it's a burial or a cremation, our dedicated team are on hand to help you in every way, from arranging the funeral flowers to choosing the right piece of music.
Call J Lawrence & Sons (Undertakers) Ltd, Southampton on 023 8055 4801

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