A funeral services company which has given hundreds of people the send-off they want is urging people to think about how they’d like to say goodbye.
Since John Delanoy and Julie Stout joined forces and re launched almost two years ago at Peterlee, Delanoy Funeral Services has transformed the way funerals are conducted.
Their mission is to make every funeral bespoke, tailored to the personalities and likes of the individual.
That has resulted in a number of new additions to the traditional funeral created bespokely by Julie Stout herself offering a different service and treasured keepsakes for loved ones.
Delanoy Funeral Services owners John Delanoy and Julie Stout are passionate that every funeral they conduct has a unique touch to it.
Julie said: “We know funerals can be very upsetting but also beautiful and a way for families to say their final goodbye to loved ones.
“So, if something is important to the family or individual, we’ll do what we can to make it happen.
“We recently had a funeral of a lady who loved Seahouses – her family said she loved to go there and went with her husband who had passed away last year so I took some of her belongings up to Seahouses and we did some filming there. We also travelled to Appleby for a young lad who went every year and it was the place he loved going to so much.
“The amount of comfort the family got from that was massive. We wanted to do that for them because we knew how much it meant.
“That’s what we do, we go the extra mile for families.”
Julie is also urging people to think now about what they’d like their funeral to be like.
She added: “Even if families want unattended cremations which we have seen advertised lately on TV, these can be done locally by ourselves, with the same care, compassion and respect you would expect from Delanoy Funeral Services.
“Now is the time to plan for your funeral – it might seem strange when you’re fit and healthy an loving life. But it’s the best time. I know what I want – I want my dogs walking in front of me and I have picked out my songs. My dogs were at my wedding so why can’t they be at my funeral?
“Some people might worry that if they plan now they can’t change it – that’s not the case. Plans don’t have to be set in stone. But having them in place mean your family at least know what you’d like at a time when their heads are probably all over the place.”