Your Coles Community Hub – A Room For Reflection

25 June 2019

You spoke and we listened. As many will know, we recently launched The Coles Hub and in order to ensure it becomes a space the whole community can benefit from – we hosted an open day to gather everyone’s views as well as getting feedback through a social media survey which you may have spotted. […]

Are you ready? We are. Because Dying Matters.

30 April 2019

Over the last few weeks we’ve been talking about the ‘D-word’ and how to bring it up in conversation. Today I wanted to signpost some more useful resources and invite you to talk to us about what happens when you die. Even if your family or friends aren’t quite ready to talk about death – […]

A solution to the most common issues faced by grieving families

29 January 2019

Written by Director, Gareth Coles: My blogs so far this month have been about the financial reasons for taking out a funeral plan – and the key reason most people haven’t done so yet: “they just haven’t got round to it!” But today, I’d like to share some insights that demonstrate why getting organised and […]

Have you resolved to get organised this January?

15 January 2019

Written by Director, Gareth Coles: Last week, my blog shared some key findings from the annual Cost of Dying report* published in 2018. It explained why more than half of people who have ever organised a funeral have thought about their own funeral… and why many of those people haven’t got round to doing anything […]

Bereavement Services in Cardiff

29 July 2018

Written by Services Manager, Claire Robertson: Here at Coles we believe choice is very important to the people we serve, and we work continuously to maintain excellent relationships with Cardiff’s many bereavement service providers so that we can be flexible in the arrangements we make for you.On our doorstep we have the popular Thornhill Crematorium […]

Our step-by-step guide to personalising a funeral

14 June 2018

Written by Director, Gareth Coles: Last week, there were lots of news headlines about the lack of transparency and ‘confusion’ in the funeral industry, particularly around pricing.  We couldn’t agree more with Senior Director of Markets at Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Daniel Gordon, when he said to BBC News: “People can understandably be very […]

March funeral flower of the month: the beginning of spring

19 March 2018

Written by Office Manager, Claire Robertson: The daffodil (narcissus) is without doubt, the most iconic flower in Wales – and it can be seen growing everywhere in swathes of brilliant yellow at this time of the year. Symbolising rebirth and new beginnings, which is why it’s sometimes known as the ‘Lent Lily’, narcissi are a […]

Remembrance Gifts that Celebrate Life

5 December 2017

Written by Claire Robertson, Office Manager at Coles Funeral Directors: December is widely considered a time for celebration with gift-giving high on the agenda at the end of the month! This got us thinking… as more often than not when a loved one choses cremation and their ashes aren’t interred or scattered – their cremains […]

How would you like to be remembered?

30 November 2017

Written by Director, Gareth Coles: This month at Coles Funeral Directors, Remembrance has been at the forefront of all our minds – as we’re sure it has yours. We’d like to round off this month’s theme with posing the question: how would you like to be remembered?Here at Coles, we’d like to be remembered as […]

10 innovative ways to scatter and transform cremains

26 October 2017

Written by Director, Gareth Coles: We’ve been getting inspired at Coles this month as we look at innovation in the funeral industry. Today we’re looking at alternatives to interring or storing ashes in decorative urns. Some of the practices are already part of our service offering, but when it comes to memorials and keepsakes using […]

Incredible Product Innovation in the Funeral Industry

18 October 2017

Written by Director, Gareth Coles: You may have noticed over the last couple of weeks that we’ve been sharing some links to fascinating product innovations in the funeral industry. In this summary, I’ve tried to find examples of really cutting edge ‘out-there’ products (most of which come with a hefty price tag) whilst also suggesting […]

Why would you want to pre-plan your funeral?

2 October 2017

Written by Gareth Coles: Throughout September we were actively campaigning to raise awareness about the importance of talking to your loved ones about what you want to happen when you die.Truthfully, it strikes me as strange that in this day and age when we spend months planning for Christmas; when it’s not unusual to take a […]