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Andrew Smith Funeral Services
Address: Park Green House, 82 Sunderland Street, Macclesfield Cheshire SK11 6HN
Andrew Smith. Found himself drawn to be a funeral director when he was a young man, but a period of work experience with an uncaring funeral director put him off and he went to work in insurance. His dream did not die, however. It grew in strength as did his resolve to become the very best a funeral director can be. Five years ago he and his wife, who was born locally, sold up their home in the south-east and relocated to Macclesfield. They bought their beautiful Georgian Grade 2 listed premises in the town centre and restored them superbly, winning a Civic Award. This really is one of the best appointed funeral homes in the country and not a bit spooky -- more like a country house. But don't let that put you off. There's nothing in the least snobby about Andrew and his team; they're very nice people. Prices here are very competitive with other local funeral homes, and almost certainly not so expensive.
If it's a traditional funeral you want, no one does it better. Andrew and his team understand what a funeral procession is all about. Their turnout is superb in every possible respect and, even more important, they carry it off with strong seriousness, a sense of occasion and absolute sincerity. All of these people are absolutely genuine. Every single funeral receives the same attention, whatever your budget. And if you feel you'd rather have something less formal, they will gladly adapt to your way of thinking. They want the very best for you. Andrew's fleet is Daimlers, and they all match exactly. If there are better polished cars to be found anywhere in Britain, we'd be amazed. They can also offer you a beautiful and superbly maintained 1936 vintage Rolls Royce which you can see here.
Meticulous attention to detail goes hand in hand with careful listening, the full exploration of your options, lots of good, sensitive suggestions and no sense of haste. Andrew and his team take things at your pace. They won't try to up-sell you. If you haven't a lot of money to spend, that's absolutely fine. You'll get the same level of service as a millionaire. We have inspected Andrew's mortuary and we have spoken to the people who work in it. It is our belief that they care for the dead here with the very greatest respect.
This funeral home is a class act, it really is -- we've never seen anything quite like it. It doesn't feel like a funeral home -- in a good way -- and the people who work here will seem to you to be much more like you and the people you know than the staff at most funeral homes. There is a very good reason for this: Andrew will not employ anyone who has previously been employed in the funeral industry. He likes to take people on and train them from scratch according to his own high standards. For this reason, there's a freshness and sincerity and wholeheartedness here that make all the difference. Everyone is very normal and down-to-earth, and they love what they do.
Your call will be answered by Andrew, Richard, Jane or Wendy (see their pics on their website). Whoever sees you first will be there for you throughout. Yes to a home visit. Yes to you coming in and laying out and dressing the person who has died. Andrew is very keen on embalming because, he reckons, it gives you a much better experience when you visit the person who has died. He will discuss this with you and, of course, if you don’t want it, that’s perfectly all right. Andrew has made a commitment to environmentally friendly funerals (he is a member of the Association of Green Funeral Directors) and he will gladly work with those who wish to care for their dead at home: see the DIY section of his website. Direct cremation £2100 all-in - here. He has a same-sex funeral director to lay out the person who has died if you wish. Two of the many outstanding features of this funeral home are, first, that there is a dedicated room in which you can conduct the funeral and have all the time you need, and there is a reception room where you can offer refreshments to mourners after the funeral. Both of these options are very popular. There is also plenty of space for mourners to gather before the funeral, especially those who have come a long way, and have a hot drink. Plenty of on-street parking very close to the funeral home.
Superb service, a lovely funeral home, wonderful staff and very good value. This is a funeral home for everyone and, in our view, is as good as it gets.