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Stay updated: Direct cremations, new funeral plan regulations and beyond
6 September 2022
A blog from Gareth Coles. Over the last few months, we’ve all been faced with new challenges. From the cost-of-living crisis to the ongoing threat of a recession, there has been increased financial pressure impacting our community. Naturally, this is affecting everything from mental health and wellbeing to funeral service trends and how families are […]
How can you beat the April funeral plan price rise?
20 April 2022
Arranging a funeral is a highly emotional experience as you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one. This can be amplified if you’re unsure of the type of service they would like. Research shows that only 11% of people had planned what would happen after they passed away, leaving many families in a state […]
Refer a friend – Planning ahead is better with friends
7 March 2022
We often talk about how planning ahead doesn’t have to be a morbid affair, and we understand that sometimes – like most things in life – it can be easier to do with the support of a friend. That’s why we wanted to reintroduce the Coles refer a friend scheme* where we’ll be offering a […]
How well do you know your partner’s funeral wishes?
19 June 2020
Do you know your partner’s favourite colour? Their most beloved movie or their go-to dinner? We’re positive that you do. These may be considered to be the ‘little things’ but they’re important nonetheless and have probably come up in conversation on multiple occasions. But what about your partner’s funeral wishes – have you discussed this? […]
Are other countries better than the UK at planning funerals?
27 February 2020
We all know how important it is to plan for those big life moments yet so many of us are reluctant to even think about planning our funeral. For Brits, it can be quite disconcerting to think about our demise and what’s going to happen once we’ve said our final goodbye and the stats reflect […]
Is pre-paying for your funeral really a sensible financial decision?
20 December 2019
Those of you reading this that have ever had to arrange a funeral for a loved one will know exactly how important it is to put your own wishes down on paper. Leaving your loved ones trying to figure out whether you want to be cremated or buried, or whether you’d prefer a church service […]
How to Finance your loved one’s funeral
10 December 2019
It’s a sad fact that this time of year is incredibly busy for funeral directors here in Cardiff. As sickness sweeps the nation and freak weather events are more likely during the winter months, the UK sees death rates rise over this period every year. There’s of course never a good time to lose someone […]
Plan your funeral to the smallest detail
9 August 2019
Dealing with the death of a loved one can be extremely difficult and the added pressure of planning a funeral can make the experience almost unbearable for some – but this doesn’t have to be the case. We know that planning a funeral has always been a taboo subject in our British culture, with many […]
The Coles Hub is Officially Open in Rhiwbina , Cardiff
17 May 2019
A special thanks to our award-winning neighbours, Organicafe, for the delicious cake and to all the local councillors who stopped by to support this new venture (before heading to present Dame Shirley Bassey with her Freedom Honour!) We took the opportunity to ask everyone who joined us how they could see themselves, and their families, friends and […]
Coles Funeral Directors to launch dedicated Bereavement Hub in the heart of Cardiff during Dying Matters Awareness Week
2 May 2019
Later this month the Coles Funeral Directors team is taking on the challenging task of getting the people of Cardiff talking about death as part of the ‘Are We Ready?’ Dying Matters campaign. On Friday 17th May 2019 (9:30-12:30), Coles Funeral Directors is holding a Community Coffee Morning to mark the opening of a new Bereavement Hub at […]
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 – […]
The life-and-death talk we all need to have
24 April 2019
Following on from my last blog on the best way to start talking about death with your loved ones (which in short, is to think about and share your own ‘good death’ story), today I’ve put together some questions that might help nurture the conversation. Before we begin, it’s really important that if you’re going […]