• 2 years 5 weeks ago

    The proliferation of ways to make the final journey is posing challenges to those responsible for organising funerals, a Local Government Association conference was warned last week. Sue Saville of the National Association of Funeral Directors said: "You cannot put very, very heavy people into a coffin. You end up burying somebody in a wardrobe. That is essentially what it looks like. It cannot fit into a hearse, or possibly even a van. Once you talk to people about flatbeds or JCBs, they hold their hands up in horror, but you cannot do these things any other way."

  • 1 year 42 weeks ago

    The Dispatches Programme on Channel 4, Monday 25th June was obviously hugely disappointing because of the way it depicted clients being treated by Funeralcare, but also because it undermined the incredible work the majority of bereavement care organisations perform for their bereaved families.
    How sad that fifteen years after the programme on Channel 4 showing coffin miselling within what was SCI UK, we find ourselves in the same situation with another of our large corporate providers. Surely, time for those who "police" our industry to show their teeth and offer a positive response.

  • 1 year 42 weeks ago

    Really interesting research done by the Centre for Death and Society at Bath Universtiy on behalf of Sun Life Direct. It has been clear for a very long time that Social Fund payments have not kept up with real funeral costs, with the shortfall often being more than double. I believe we at Chester Pearce have a responsibility to our clients whatever their financial situation, and so will always do everything we can to make the funeral affordable. Our flexible approach to our funeral arrangements, and ensuring that clients only pay for what they are having enables us to achieve this.

  • 37 weeks 6 days ago

    We are pleased to be able to offer memorial insurance through Stoneguard Insurance. With very reasonable fees for five year's cover and a very straight forward response to claims they are the market leader in memorial insurance.

    For further information or to arrange cover, please contact us on
    01202 612 110

  • 32 weeks 1 day ago

    Today saw the arrival of Hazel Pittwood. Hazel is a funeral director with considerable experience and she will be a real asset to the company.

    It is Hazel's remit to continue our work with local care homes, hospices and nursing homes, and to build solid relationships with them. This in turn will mean they will feel more comfortable with the unique service we offer, and will know that they can pass people from their care into our care.

  • 25 weeks 2 days ago

    Lewis-Manning Hospice’s 7th annual conference ‘The End of Life, Death into Dying’, which took place at Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth on Thursday, was hailed a resounding success by attendees who came from across Dorset and Hampshire.

    Sponsored by Chester Pearce Associates Funeral and Bereavement Service, the conference focused on those who care for patients in care homes, hospitals and hospices. The event featured a number of distinguished guest speakers including top US disaster psychologist Dr Grady Bray, who flew in from America to deliver a talk on ‘Hospice Strain’.

  • 23 weeks 5 days ago

    Chester Pearce has the privilege of working closely with the military when they call upon us to assist with one of their fallen comrades.

    It is during this period of the year that our thoughts naturally turn to the many service personnel and their families that we have helped at the most devastating of times. Please wear your poppy with pride and take a moment on Monday at 11am to stop what you are doing, and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember them.

  • 21 weeks 6 days ago

    A big thank you to the staff and students at Anglia Ruskin University for inviting me to speak to them about Repatriation following a multiple fatality. It was a real pleasure to spend a few hours with the students and I hope they found it useful. Best of luck to all with the rest of the course.

  • 20 weeks 6 days ago

    As we remember John F. Kennedy around the 50th Anniversary of his assassination, I found this quote from his son, John Kennedy Junior about the death of his mother, Jackie. What a beautiful description of her death, and how well it fits into the ethos of Chester Pearce Funeral Service. He said;
    "My mother died surrounded by her friends and her family and her books and the people and the things that she loved. She did it in her own way, and on her own terms, and we all feel lucky for that."

  • 19 weeks 3 days ago


    It’s a question that gets a lot of media attention and with a Sun Life Direct report published last year stating that the average cost of funerals in the UK is now £3,456.00, it’s a question people understandably want a definitive answer to.

    Unless the funeral has been paid for in advance or sufficient funds are available, families may be forced to consider the financial implications of organising the service after someone close to them has died, causing additional stress at an already difficult time.