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Penrose Funeral Directors

As a community focussed service we are experienced in helping families and friends create a meaningful celebration of the life of their loved one. Our experience will enable us to talk you through all the practical arrangements as well as to discuss more personal and heartfelt issues.

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Our Packages

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Cremations
Budget Package

Direct Cremation

Funeral Prices
Includes
Collection of the deceased from any location within 15 miles of our chapel of rest
Full care of your loved one at our local facilities
Provision of an elegant hearse for carriage
£708
Plus disbursements
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Direct Cremation

During the Coronavirus lockdown there is a limit on the number of people who can attend a funeral. For some families a Direct Cremation might be the best solution. With a saving of over £1,500 a Direct Cremation differs from a Traditional Cremation in that there is no service beforehand and there are no mourners in attendance. This gives you the chance to arrange a dignified funeral for your loved one now with the opportunity, and the budget, to arrange a memorial service or gathering at a later date when it is safe to do so.

What the package includes

  • Bringing the deceased into our care from any location within 20 miles including home, care home or hospice at no extra cost
  • Provision of a full hearse (not a private ambulance) for transport to the crematorium
  • Cremation location is Southend Crematorium (your loved one will not be kept or cremated miles away)
  • Removal of pacemaker or prosthetics is included if required
  • Return of ashes to the family, usually within two weeks, at no extra cost

What isn’t included

  • Third party fees (disbursements) which include the Crematorium fee (£500), an oak veneer coffin (£250) and the doctor’s fee (£82 if this is required). A typical final price for a Direct Cremation including disbursements is £1,540

Of course we will handle all arrangements and liaisons with third parties as well as giving you our full support before, during and after the funeral.

Please contact us on 01702 436000 for more information about this.

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Popular Package

Traditional Cremation

Funeral Prices
Includes
Full dressing and viewing in our chapel of rest
Family choice of service date, time and location
Our hearse will visit a private residence of your choice and proceed to the crematorium from there
£1,698
Plus disbursements
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Traditional Cremation

Our Traditional Cremation Package provides an elegant and dignified farewell to your loved one. Naturally our small staff team will guide and support you from start to finish, making all arrangements and ensuring your farewell goes exactly to plan.

What the package includes

  • Bringing your loved one into our care within 15 miles of our chapel of rest
  • Preparation and dressing of the deceased in the clothes of your choice
  • Funeral at the location, date and time of your choosing (subject to availability)
  • Visiting in our chapel of rest during work hours
  • Our elegant hearse will proceed to the crematorium from a private residence of your choosing
  • A Funeral Director with a full team of bearers to conduct the day and assist in every way
  • A choice of elegant scatter tubes or a biodegradable urn included at no extra cost

Please note that third party fees (disbursements) are not included;

  • Crematorium fee (from £1,000)
  • Provision of a lined and furnished Coffin of your choice (from £250)
  • Provision of elegant Mercedes hearse (£250)
  • Minister’s fee (£230)
  • Doctor’s fee (£82 if this is required. A doctor’s fee is not required if a post mortem is carried out).

A typical final price for a Traditional Cremation including disbursements is £3,428.

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Complete Package

Premium Cremation

Funeral Prices
Includes
A beautiful Derby coffin & elegant brass urn
Hearse and Limousine to visit locations of your choice
Collection of your loved one at any time, night or day
Bespoke full colour Order of Service
£3,131
Plus disbursements
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Premium Cremation

Our Premium Cremation Suite is a full service package designed to cover all requirements and eventualities. In line with our 5* professional service and support your every need has been considered and catered for. This takes all the pressure from you and your family during a time of loss.

What the package includes

  • Bringing your loved one into our care, day or night, within 20 miles of our chapel of rest
  • A Beautiful Derby coffin lined and fitted for cremation
  • Embalming, dressing and full preparation of the deceased for viewing
  • Visiting in our chapel of rest including evenings and weekends
  • Provision of an elegant Mercedes limousine for your family
  • Hearse and Limousine to proceed from a private residence of your choosing
  • Funeral director and full team of funeral operatives taking care of every detail on the day
  • Limousine to return the family to the wake venue
  • 60 bespoke full colour orders of service
  • A choice of elegant brass and silver inlaid urns

Please note that third party fees (disbursements) are not included;

  • Crematorium fee (from £1,000)
  • Minister/Celebrant fee (£230)
  • Doctor’s fee (£82 if required – a doctor’s fee is not required if a post mortem is carried out)

A typical final price for the Premium package including disbursements will be just under £4,500

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Burial

Traditional Burial

Funeral Prices
Includes
Oak veneer coffin fitted and furnished for burial
Full dressing and viewing in our chapel of rest
The hearse will visit a private residence of your choice and then proceed to the chapel or graveside
£1,893
Plus disbursements
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Traditional Burial

Our Traditional Burial package provides a beautiful and flexible funeral that you can tailor to your exact needs. Naturally our small staff team will guide and support you from start to finish, making all arrangements and ensuring your farewell goes exactly to plan.

What the Package includes

  • Bringing your loved one into our care within 15 miles of our chapel of rest
  • Preparation and dressing of the deceased in the clothes of your choice
  • Visiting in our chapel of rest during work hours
  • Advice, support and relevant paperwork for purchasing a grave plot
  • All arrangements for the opening and preparation of the grave
  • Our elegant hearse will proceed to the crematorium from a private residence of your choosing
  • A Funeral Director with a team of bearers to conduct the day and assist in every way

Please note that third party fees (disbursements) are not included. Please be aware that not all disbursements listed are required.

  • Minister’s fee (£230)
  • Provision of a lined and furnished Coffin of your choice (from £250)
  • Provision of elegant Mercedes hearse (£250)
  • Grave Purchase (from £1,300 at Southend Cemetery)
  • Preparation of the grave (from £1,046 at Southend Cemetery)
  • Chapel hire (from £250)

Whatever your choices and requirements if you would like a final and accurate cost for your burial please visit our Bespoke Funeral option. Here you will be able to select your preferred cemetery, choose whether you need a new grave, choose your coffin and everything else you need and you will be given a clear price breakdown at every point.

 

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Build a Custom Quote

Here you can customise your funeral in just a few simple steps that will allow you to quickly and easily make all the important choices such as the funeral location and style as well as decisions about vehicles, coffins, tributes and more. All decisions and changes will be reflected immediately in the price so that you can control your budget at every point as you customise the funeral.

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Pristine, Elegant Funeral Vehicles

For your cortege we maintain a small fleet of pristine Mercedes Hearses and Limousines to transport the deceased and the funeral party in traditional solemnity.
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Horse Drawn

Nothing quite touches the elegance and solemnity of a Horse Drawn Hearse except an artillery parade (and that is reserved for military personnel). If you are interested please take a look at the beautiful Horse Drawn Carriages we can provide.
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Coffins & Caskets

The coffin is a centrepiece to the funeral and for some it is a statement about their loved one. We have a large range of coffins available including solid wood and beautiful wood veneer as well as natural willow and decorated cardboard to suit all tastes and styles.
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Chapel of Rest

It is important to say goodbye in your own way. We provide a quiet chapel of rest which you can visit if you wish to spend time with your loved one. There is no additional cost for this service.
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Eco-friendly Funerals and Coffins

A Woodland Burial is a very beautiful alternative to a cremation or a traditional burial. For many people it is also increasingly important to consider the environment and to arrange an ecologically friendly funeral. Here you will find information about woodland burial sites and our range of natural, eco-friendly coffins.
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Ashes Containers

Urns, caskets and scatter tubes come in many styles. Here you will find our complete range of ashes containers, from natural and biodegradable containers to traditional wooden caskets, elegant brass urns and beautiful, unique hand polished hardwood urns.
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Memorial Jewellery

Keeping close the memory of our departed is important. Some people find that keeping a material reminder of their loved one close at all times creates a very real sense of calm and peace following a bereavement. Here you will find a selection of beautifully crafted jewellery to help you achieve this if you so desire.
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Personal Tributes

The most common personal tribute at a funeral is the flowers, but there are many ways to pay tribute and to create lasting memorials for the deceased. We are happy to work with any and all ideas you may have for your loved one, and here you will find some tributes and memorials that we offer as a seamless part of our service to you.
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Resources

Helping you to say goodbye
Here you will find useful information and contacts for things that you may require such as Venues for Funeral Receptions, Order of Service options and Local Florists. You can also find guidance on Funeral Choices, Local Cemeteries and Music Selection to help you plan and prepare a funeral. We provide advice on the financial help that is available for funerals as well as offering a unique 0% finance option to help you spread costs.
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Order of Service
An Order of Service is both a guide to the service and a keepsake for friends and family. We have created bespoke designs from traditional to modern that we can personalise for your service. See all designs, options and prices here.
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Local Cemeteries and Crematoria
Please click here to find information and pricing for all the main crematoria and cemeteries in South East Essex.
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Help with Funeral Costs
We appreciate that a funeral can create unexpected financial pressure on families. Here you will find information and links for accessing financial help with funeral expenses. We are also now offering interest free finance to help spread the funeral costs without paying more.
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Music
Here we explain the traditional music options for funerals and offer a list of hymns and popular music suitable for a variety of funeral types.
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Funeral Reception and Catering
Here you will find a selection of venues for a range of budgets and group sizes. All venues listed come highly recommended by our clients and we have visited them all personally to verify their quality. We also provide information about independent catering should that be your preference.
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Flowers
Flowers are a personal expression of sympathy and loss offering a beautiful tribute to the deceased and a celebration of their life. Find details of local florists and information about Floral Tributes here.
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Types of Funerals
From cremation to woodland burial, high church service to humanist farewell, this page will help explain the differences and decisions required for whatever type of funeral you require
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About Us

At Penrose Funeral Service we pride ourselves on helping families and friends create a meaningful celebration of the life of their loved one. Our experience will enable us to talk you through all the practical arrangements as well as to discuss more personal and heartfelt issues. We understand that grief and loss can make everything seem more difficult and complicated so we are more than happy to go through the details as many times as you need.

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Testimonials

Nathan, Jeremy and the Penrose Team,

​My wife, myself and our family would like to say a heartfelt thank you for the wonderful service we received from Penrose. We could not have asked for kinder or more helpful people and certainly everyone who attended David’s funeral gave high praise indeed to the whole event.​

I cannot recommend Penrose highly enough on the amazing service provided and wish you all the very best in the future.

Steve and Brenda Bester - December 2017

To Nathan and all at Penrose, I just wanted to thank you for the sensitivity, care and respect you showed my Grannie yesterday. She looked amazing and I’m sure you caught a glimpse of her incredible 100 years as my dad spoke at the grave-side. You don’t have an easy job but I hope you know how grateful people are that you do it so well.

Your manner and conduct was gentle, considerate and supportive, thank you for all you did to make yesterday so special. You have been given the gifting and attitude needed to help bring peace and blessing during difficult circumstances. May you know God’s peace and blessing as you continue to serve others in this way, Thank you

Cally (Winnie’s Granddaughter) - Oct 2016

Nathan, Brendon and all at Penrose,

Thank you so much for all you help and care with mum’s funeral.

Best wishes,

Gillian, Jez, Chris, Lesley and family - January 2020

Dear Brendon, Jeremy, Nathan and team,

Please accept our heartfelt appreciation for your sincere kindness, empathy and guidance during a time of great sadness. Your kindness and care of our lovely mum will be held close to our hearts and always remembered.

With love from

Sue and Deb Dyson and family - Dec 2023

Dear Nathan, Jeremy and everyone and Penrose,

Thank you so much for looking after my son – Thomas Street – while he was in your care. The past few weeks have been so distressing but you made organising the funeral so much easier than I thought it would be.

I am especially grateful for the visits that you organised for me, especially the final one. I am also very grateful to Jeremy for your kind words on the day of the service.

I am so pleased that we chose to bring Tom to you. You have made my darkest times a little brighter.

From

Claire – and all of Tom’s family - March 2020

Thank you to all of you for the care and kind support you gave us during this sad time.

The yellow ties at mum’s funeral was a very special touch, she would have loved that,

Take care,

Sarah and Hayley - November 2022

I just want to say a huge thank you for allowing me to say hello and goodbye to my birth mother Pat W. I never gave up searching for her and really appreciate your help and understanding in allowing me to finish this so beautifully

Linda - Oct 2018

Good morning Jeremy

A big thank you to you and your team for yesterday, the day went like clockwork (apart from my father in law following the wrong limousine out of the crematorium which raised a few laughs at the wake)

I just wanted you to know how grateful my whole family were, from the first call to the last handshake you were professional and caring and my mum in particular was very happy with the day.
Please pass on my thanks to your staff.
Kind Regards
Mark Steadman - Feb 28th 2020
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