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Planning A Funeral

Planning A Funeral

Planning a Funeral

Planning a funeral for a member of your family or friend is the most difficult day of your life. Everything your family and friends ever thought about a loved one is expressed on that day.

Whenever someone dies it comes as a great shock, sometimes the death may be expected, but nothing prepares you for the emotional shock of losing someone.

The thought of arranging a funeral is not something any of us would want to do. This together with the distress and emotional upset, leaves the bereaved completely disorientated and unsure of what to do next.

It is for this reason that our funeral directors have been trained to understand and cope with. We will endeavour, under any circumstances to provide the bereaved with full and fair information about all services we can provide and information we can give.

Some of the key elements to think about beforehand will obviously be around whether the person who has died expressed any preferences or pre-arranged any elements of the funeral beforehand.

o   Would they want a religious, semi-religious or non-religious ceremony?

o   What style of funeral would they have liked, elaborate or simple, traditional or bespoke?

o   Do you want to express their unique personality in elements of the ceremony?

o   How much family and friends involvement would you like in the planning of the arrangements and participation in the ceremony?

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  • We would like to thank you all for primarily your extraordinary kindness throughout our loss, for your support, professionalism, tenderness, the shared sorrow and acknowledgement of the enormity of our loss. For every kind word spoken, each and every gesture made, for fulfilling every request and for the respect and care shown to our beautiful boy. Words are inadequate to describe to you all how much it meant to us

    Steve, Olwyn Perkin & Family

  • There are some days in one's life when we want to get 'it' right, we may not even know quite what 'it' is and what is expected for folk to say 'it' was right. Simon, both you and those people with whom you work offered a balance of sincere support, professional competence, patience, dignity and time when i needed "it".

    C. Hawthorne

  • Thank you for looking after my mum, Your care and compassion at her funeral was a great comfort to us all as a family. Also a huge thank you to Rushelle for taking the time to chat and comfort me during a difficult time.

    P. Higgins & Family

  • We would like to say a Big Thank you. Your services and care made his farewell exactly how he and the family wanted it and you made it so much easier on us all. You have been amazing.

    The Lehane & Kelly family

  • To Stewart, Rushelle & Simon, Thank you very much for the wonderful service & kind support you have given us and for looking after Ernie!

    Jeanette, Betty, John & the Whitworth Family

  • Dear Stewart, Simon, Richard & Rushelle, we would like to thank you all most sincerely for your kindness and very professional services in the arrangements you made for our mother. From our very first contact we felt we were in very considerate and caring hands.

    Moira & Eddie Welch and family

  • To Stewart & colleagues Thank you so much for your help to us in arranging my mother's funeral. Everything down to the smallest details was perfect (except the weather) and so professional.

    Sheila & Alan Rishworth

  • Many thanks for your kindness in providing help and advice and for your arrangements of my sons funeral, you made it seem so easy at a very difficult time. May I extend my thanks to the Lilleywhite family and staff in providing a caring and dignified funeral when you want to make it perfect for your loved one.

    Christine Szabo, Barry Jones and family

  • Just a brief note to thank you all for the courteous, dignified and professional service you provided following the death of my mum.

    Andrew Nolan

  • We would like to thank you all for the excellent professional service you provided in arranging our mum (Brenda Fletcher's) funeral. Your certainly helped to fulfil her wish to be brought back home to Salford from Scotland when she passed away, making a difficult time for us run smoothly, Many thanks once again,

    Andrew Fletcher and Tracey Beaven

  • We are all very grateful to Stewart and colleagues for their help in making my father's funeral the simple and dignified occasion that my mother wanted.

    Nina Platts and Family

  • Just a quick note to thank you for organising everything and for suggesting Alex McGowan, we thought she did a tremendous job as did you all.

    Beverley & Hazel

  • Dear Simon, Just a quick note to say a massive thankyou to you and your team for all the help and support you gave us in planning Dads (Les Bamber) funeral. Dad was very specific about wanting you to do his funeral - and we, as a family, know why. The Care, Patience, and Concern we all experienced from you and your team made a difficult and sad time much more bearable.

    Cath and all the Bamber Family

  • To all at Lilleywhites, Thank you all very much for your kindness, courtesy and professionalism shown to us during my wife (Anne Mullen) funeral. It took a big weight off our shoulders we are very grateful, we will recommend you to everyone. God Bless

    John Mullen

  • Dear Stewart and Colleagues Thank you so much for all your help and advice and for all the hard work you did in arranging my Aunt's funeral in just two and a half days. The dignified and professional service you provided was simply extraordinary and took a lot of the stress out of a very emotional time. With Grateful Thanks.

    Jean Fildes & Arthur Burrows

  • Thank You for looking after my Mother Mrs Irene Roberts from a grateful Son

    David Court

  • Dear Stewart, Rushelle & all at Lilleywhites A very big thank you for the services you provided in taking care of my mum, Mrs Rosana Endut. I cannot express in words how caring, thoughtful and understanding you all are in what was such a hard time for me and my family. You brought warmth, consideration, sincerity and shown immense care to my mum Kindest Regards

    Anisah & Damion Murphy

  • To Simon & Staff, Thank you so much for all your help and support at this very difficult time in our lives. I am so glad that I chose Lilleywhite Funeral Service for my beloved husband James funeral. The care we received as James would say "Simply The Best" I thank you all especially Simon from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you so much

    Dorothy & Megan Colwell

  • I would like to thank Stewart and Team for the Caring and Compassionate way they cared for my late husband Neil. My family are Myself are truly grateful for the help and guidance we received. We couldn't of got through the day without your kindness. Also special thanks to the lovely Rushelle who looked after us and Connor whilst we visited the chapel of Rest. She was truly amazing.

    Helen Thompson & Family

  • Dear Stewart, Thank you for your excellent service for our dad Stephen Thomas Cullinan. He looked so peaceful and at rest. You have given us great comfort. Thank you very much.

    Donna Godfrey and Family

  • Rushelle and Stewart, Thank you so much for all your kind support. It was a great comfort to me as you were there at just the right time - as there were some difficult moments. you are both wonderful

    Janet Stow

  • Dear Richard, On behalf of myself, my mum Edna, and family, I would like to thank you for all your kindness shown to us during this sad time. You have been a consummate professional and we will be forever grateful

    Carole, Edna and Family

  • To Simon, Rushelle & Staff Thank you for your patience, understanding, kindness & thoughtfulness. I would not have got through this without everything you have done. On behalf of myself Gills children & family We all thank you

    Pat Payne

  • To Rushelle, You really are an Angel. Thank you so so much, for all your time, kindness and genuine care and thoughtfulness. You are a star


  • William (Bill) Haslam I would just like to thank Stewart and Simon, and all at Lilleywhites for your professional and personal services at Billy's funeral. The family cannot express enough how grateful we are for making Billy's final journey so dignified.

    Paul, Sheila and Maria

  • This is a belated note to express my sincere thanks for all you help and kindness for your services, following Jim's sad passing last September. The kindness and peace of mind that we all got from your staff was a real help during our time of grief and for that I would like to express my gratitude on behalf of all the family. Thank you once again and for a great service, it was greatly appreciated

    Mrs Kathleen Cottrell

  • I would like to say a big Thank you for all the hard wok, help and support you gave me and my family in preparing and conducting on the day of John's funeral. It was a wonderful day, which is just what John would of wanted

    Phyllis & Family

  • Dear Stewart, Thank you for the very kind & professional part you & your colleagues played at my mother's funeral. At all our meetings you were so caring & helpful at a very difficult time for us. The service booklet was lovely thank you for your care in preparing it. My family join me in thanking you for your attention to detail

    Angela Molyneaux

  • To Rushelle & Gary Words cannot express our thanks for the professional way you managed our dear mother's funeral. Special thanks to you Rushelle for the kindness shown to me when I needed to talk (you have a special gift) God bless you all

    Eileen Gill & Family

  • To Stewart and the team Thanks for all your help with Skyla's funeral, you was amazing. Cannot thank you enough x x x

    Katie & Sheldon

  • I cannot begin to describe the complex nature of the arrangements for my mum's funeral and the number of last minute changes we wanted and also for my father who passed away in Bournemouth while we were in Manchester. The entire team were absolutely first class, nothing was too much trouble, they were calm, obliging, pleasant and absolutely wonderful from beginning to end, don't go anywhere else

    Dawn Wright

  • Just a quick note, on behalf of all the family, to thank you and your staff for the very professional, kind and courteous service you have shown during the difficult times planning my fathers funeral. We all thought the planning you put into the day ensured the day went very smoothly helped us through a very challenging day. Please pass on our thanks to your team,

    Jane Mathers & Family

  • n 2009 Simon Lilleywhite helped our family prepare all the arrangements for our mother's funeral. It was a terribly sad time and Simon was ever so kind and supportive. This year we lost our dear brother Barry to cancer and naturally asked Lilleywhite Funeral Service to help us again. We were shocked to hear that Simon had passed away and our thoughts are with his family and colleagues. We were again so pleased with the Service that Lilleywhites provided for our brother's funeral and it was clear that the same levels of kindness, sympathy and patience that Simon had shown us were still paramount. Gary advised and managed our requirements in a confident yet relaxed and gentle way, helping us to deal with our loss and all the necessary arrangements in a thoughtful and timely manner. We would recommend Lilleywhites to others without hesitation

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Lilleywhite Funeral Service

Kenyon House, 301 Bury Old Road

Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1JA

Tel: 0161 773 2749

+44 (0) 161 773 2749 (from overseas)

Fax: 0161 773 2882

+44 (0) 161 773 2882 (from overseas)

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