How we can help you

We can provide all the support you need to make this a memorable day for you and your family.

Traditional & modern

Funerals are increasingly being looked upon as occasions for thanksgiving and the celebration of a life rather than simply as a time for mourning. The personal touches contributed by families are creating uplifting and unique events to be cherished and remembered with fond memories.

Funerals still popularly follow a traditional format by being held at a place of worship, or in the crematorium chapel, followed by cremation or burial and being led by a representative of a particular religious faith according to established religious practices. However, a more modern approach is increasingly being adopted, including the playing of recorded or live music during the service or the use of non-religious funeral celebrants to conduct the service.

The funeral cortege remains a firm tradition although it may now include such things as a motorcycle-hearse or other vehicle closely identified with the life of a loved one. Alternatively there may be no cortege, with family and friends meeting at the final resting place; at the crematorium or at the graveside.

Non-religious

For different reasons, many people today have no formal connection with the church and seek a service which is tailored to meet the needs and beliefs of both the family and the loved one they have lost.

People who describe themselves as non-religious often mean they are not "churchy". They do however have a belief or faith they wish to acknowledge and they may prefer to use a civil funeral celebrant who can provide a unique ceremony tailored to their needs including readings, music and time for quiet contemplation.

Alternatively, a Humanist funeral is increasingly common, for those who neither lived according to religious principles, nor accepted religious views of life or death. A Humanist Funeral or memorial ceremony recognises no 'after-life', and focuses sensitively and affectionately on the life of the person who has died.

Pre paid ‘Independent Way’ funeral plans

A funeral plan allows peace of mind, helping to relieve your loved ones from the emotional and financial burden of organising a funeral when they need it most.

You are able to plan everything for the day, taking away the uncertainty and difficult decisions from your family, and by paying for the funeral in advance, providing protection against rising costs.

The plan is designed to meet your personal requirements and is priced accordingly.

Flowers

Flowers are a way for most people to say goodbye to their loved ones. There is a huge range of floral tributes to choose from or ask the florist to create a tribute with special personal meaning.

Coffins

From eco friendly to intricate designs, we offer a wide range of coffins to suit both burial and cremation. Choosing a coffin can be very emotional and we are always there to support and help you make the right decision for you or your loved one .

Finger print jewellery

Professionally made Jewellery in gold or silver with a special personal value putting a unique fingerprint into a ring or necklace. See Jewel Concepts – www.jewel.concepts.co.uk 

Donations

Charitable donations are now often requested instead of, or as well as floral tributes and can help support valuable local services services or research into health and wellbeing. Donate using our online page or leave a message of condolence.

Funeral Wishes

Dying matters (www.dyingmatters.org) is a charity which aims to help people talk more openly about issues around dying, death and bereavement, to break the taboo and to start making plans for their end of life, so everyone can get the perfect send off. ‘Talking more openly about dying and planning ahead, including through discussing your funeral wishes, can help us to get our wishes met and spare our loved ones from having to deal with the consequences if we haven’t got our affairs in order.’ (A statement by Claire Henry, Chief executive of dying matters Look out for local events promoting healthy dialogue about end of life care and the loneliness of bereavement.

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Opening hours

Monday - Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Telephone enquiries & immediate assistance available 24 hours

Contact us

W.R.Bettelley Ltd
315 Uttoxeter Rd
Longton
Stoke-on-Trent
Staffordshire
ST3 5LQ