Hope and Sons

Momentos, Flowers, Music & Readings

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You may wish to consider the following as possible symbols to include in the funeral service:

  • Candles: generally recognised as a universal symbol of love, light and hope. Candle lighting during the service is always a poignant ritual.
  • A flag: draped over a casket, the playing of the last post, and the red poppies used in the returned services tribute speak to us of a person's contribution to his or her country. A flag may also be symbolic of the person's country of birth.
  • Academic, sporting, or community achievement awards: these tell us of other achievements in a person's life.
  • Art, craft, other artifacts, and hobbies: show additional dimensions of the person whose life is being honoured.
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We can arrange flowers for the funeral from a professional florist on your behalf.

Families are welcome to use a florist or provide flowers of their own choice. We are happy to recommend a florist. You can usually choose a favourite flower or combination of flowers and colours for a casket spray, single flowers, or a bunch of flowers tied with ribbon. Some people have used baskets of vegetables, sports equipment, or other goods to personalise the floral tribute.

Hope and Sons flower selection
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Music and Readings

Music speaks to our hearts - especially in a funeral service. The music selected and the way it is used sets the emotional tone of the service. Music can be played from a iPod you supply, or from our extensive music collection. Choirs, singers, and soloists can also be arranged for a service if you wish.

There are many poems and readings that can help when you might not have the words - feel free to look through some of the ones we have selected.

View examples of songs and readings


Although the tradition has been for friends to send flowers, some families prefer to invite them to make a donation to a charity or community service in memory of the person who has died.

If you choose this option we will ensure that a box for donations, or an online link is available at the service and that the money collected is delivered to the organisation after the funeral.

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