funeral directors Hoddesdon by austins.co.uk: Austin’s Family Funeral Directors has been serving the communities of Hertfordshire for over three centuries. The Austin family is committed to the continued provision of a caring, sympathetic and sensitive service to the bereaved and their loved ones. This has established Austin’s as Hertfordshire’s leading, family-owned and operated, funeral director. In 1997, the family designed and built Harwood Park Crematorium and Memorial Gardens to further serve the needs of the local community. Read additional information at https://austins.co.uk/our-funeral-offices/funeral-directors-stotfold/.
Other trends embrace the changing ways in which we communicate – such as inviting people to attend a funeral via social media. The key most influential trends noted by funeral directors in 2022 were: Online streaming – while safety restrictions have been removed 37% of funerals are streamed live via website links band video apps. Social media funeral invitations are used by 28% of people planning funerals. Music – a wider variety of music types are played at funerals. This is noted by 21% of funeral directors. Colourful clothing is increasingly worn to funerals according to 13% of funeral directors. 6% of research participants have seen an increase in the number of funerals being videoed. Personalised funerals – a 6% increase in the demand for personalised coffins has been noted, along with a 4% increase in bespoke requests personalised to the deceased.
Austin’s Funeral Directors is one of the oldest and most prestigious companies in Hertfordshire. (We’ve been helping Hertfordshire people for over 320 years.) Each year, the directors choose a local charity to support. As a family business working closely with members of the community, we carefully select charities helping local people. During 2024, Austin’s chosen charity is Feed Up Warm Up, a homeless charity based in north Herts. Feed Up Warm Up offers food and friendship to homeless people in our community who need support. However, it is not a traditional food bank or homeless shelter. Instead, Feed Up Warm Up provides a safe, welcoming space, one evening a week, where guests can pop by to enjoy a hot meal and a chat, hear some live music and find practical and emotional help.
Some common responsibilities of a funeral celebrant include: Meeting with the family of the deceased to gather information about the person’s life, achievements and personal beliefs. Preparing a personalised funeral service that reflects the deceased person’s personality and life story. This is usually tailored to reflect the person who has died, and the wishes of the deceased and their family. Collaborating with the family to choose appropriate readings and music that are significant to the person who has died and their loved ones.
It’s essential to be relevant and honest … to speak from the heart. You can ask others for their input or any memorable stories they would like included in the eulogy. Before the funeral itself, practice reading the eulogy aloud. This helps you to feel more confident when reading it during the funeral service. Writing and reading the eulogy can be an emotional process and it’s acceptable to show your emotions during this time, from crying to laughing! The team at Austin’s is here to help with guidance about the timing involved with funeral services and eulogies. If you’re arranging a funeral and writing a eulogy, please contact us with any queries.
Why do people choose direct cremation? Despite the obvious cost saving, only 5% of people seek the cheapest option for their loved one’s cremation. The Big Future of Funerals Survey 2022 showed that direct cremation is popular due to: 54% – Less stress for the family and friends they’ll leave behind. 15% – A simple and straightforward option. 14% – Emphasis on their life, not their death. 12% – Everyone can go straight to the wake. 5% – The cheapest option. See additional details at https://austins.co.uk/.