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Saying goodbye to a loved family member or friend is a deeply personal and private experience. Penrose is a truly independent, family run Funeral Directors dedicated to providing the services and support that bereaved families require.

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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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Traditional Cremation

Funeral Prices
Includes
Crematorium fees
Ministers fees
Coffin
£2,818
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Traditional Cremation

The Traditional Cremation Package includes everything you need for the funeral including a standard coffin and a complimentary ashes container. We will collect your loved one and bring them into our care, do a full dressing and arrange for viewing in our chapel of rest if you wish. We will take you through every step of the arrangement and liaise with all parties to ensure that the crematorium, celebrant, music and everything else is all arranged as you wish. We will provide a Funeral Director and a full team of bearers on the day and transport the coffin to a private residence if required before we arrive at the crematorium. We will support you at every point to make sure that your farewell goes exactly as you wish.

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Traditional Burial

Funeral Prices
Includes
Ministers fees
Opening of the gravesite
Standard coffin
£3,033
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Traditional Burial

The Traditional Burial Package includes everything you need for the funeral including a standard coffin and the fee for interment at Southend Cemetery. It does not include the fee for purchasing a new burial plot as many families already own a grave plot. (Please note, if you wish to purchase a new plot or arrange a burial at a different cemetery then please go to our Bespoke Funeral option. Here you will be able to select your preferred cemetery and choose whether you need a new grave or already own an existing plot and you will be given a clear price breakdown at every point.)

We will collect your loved one and bring them into our care, do a full dressing and arrange for viewing in our chapel of rest if you wish. We will take you through every step of the arrangement and liaise with all parties to ensure that the chapel, cemetery, celebrant, music and everything else is all arranged as you wish. We will provide a Funeral Director and a full team of bearers on the day and transport the coffin to a private residence if required before we arrive at the service. We will support you at every point to make sure that your farewell goes exactly as you wish.

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Direct Cremation

Funeral Prices
Includes
Everything you need for a
dignified cremation
without a service
£1,295
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Direct Cremation

The main benefit of a Direct Cremation is that it does enable the funeral costs to be reduced by over £1,500. The Direct Package provides everything required for a dignified cremation but without a service at the crematorium or any mourners in attendance. Because we are committed to price transparency our Direct Package includes not only our professional services but absolutely everything you need;

  • Bringing the deceased into our care from any location within 20 miles including home, care home or hospice at no extra cost
  • Crematorium fees and doctors’ fees fully covered
  • Provision of a mahogany wood-effect coffin with lining and fittings
  • Provision of a full hearse (not a private ambulance) for transport to the crematorium
  • Cremation at 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

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

If you have a direct cremation but would like to have a service for family and friends then we can arrange for a celebrant to conduct a service at a time and place of your choosing, including evenings and weekends. Please contact us on 01702 436000 for more information about this.

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Bespoke funeral

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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Pristine, Elegant Funeral Vehicles

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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Pristine, Elegant Funeral Vehicles

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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Pristine, Elegant Funeral Vehicles

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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Pristine, Elegant Funeral Vehicles

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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Eco-friendly Funerals and Coffins

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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Ashes Containers

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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Memorial Jewellery

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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Personal Tributes
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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.
Order of ServicePenrose Funerals
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 CrematoriaPenrose Funerals
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 CostsPenrose Funerals
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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MusicPenrose Funerals
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 CateringPenrose Funerals
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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FlowersPenrose Funerals
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 FuneralsPenrose Funerals
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 Penrose Funerals
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

Dear Penrose,

Many thanks for looking after John whilst he was in your care. Also thank you for all your help and support you gave us to give John a good send off on his final journey.

Such professional, caring and compassionate people.

A huge big thank you from all of us

Gillian, Sarah, Richard and families - May 2019

To all at Penrose Funerals,

Just to let you know how much your kindness means, a huge thanks, you done us all proud. I cannot speak highly enough of you all. On behalf of ‘Doris Davis’ (service 30th Jan 2020 @ 1.40pm) we thank you from our hearts.

Kind regards,

Tracey Williams, Keith and family - February 2020

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

Dear Jeremy and Nathan,

We would just like to thank you for the exemplary way you conducted Bill’s funeral on September 28th at Basildon Crematorium. Every aspect was just as we hoped it would be. You were always understanding and re-assuring.

Thank you

Jean, Carl and Donna - November 2018

Dear All

A few words of thanks to all who helped me with the loss of my husband. He had a wonderful send-off thanks to you and the Royal Artillery Association. I was very grateful for all the help and respect given to myself and to his daughter. Thank you all once again

Mrs S Ascroft - September 2018

…and I wish to thank both Jeremy and Nathan for your help and courteousness throughout

Judith Hill - June 2017
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