Recommended Funeral Directors
Family Tree Funeral Directors
Address: The Old Painswick Inn, Gloucester Street, Stroud GL5 1QG
James Showers (50s). Onetime ad-man, James’s has been a life journey of rich variety and varied vistas. A seeker after truth and beauty. Drawn to the dismal trade by “my father’s appallingly perfunctory disposal ceremony, and my mother’s funeral, which was excellent due to our strong insistence on having it our own way. I saw then that there was such a thing as a good funeral, and what makes the difference.” Out of death interests include gardening, dancing, reading, music of all sorts, walking, “wild places and somewhat wild people”, their religions, culture and food, Britishness, British birds, especially marshland species, horses, dusk, compost.
Warm, very normal, easy, unhurried, empathic, humorous. Terrifically nice, a great listener. You’d never mistake him for a funeral director. Posh perhaps, some might possibly say, pompous never. Relates to everyone. Smart: shirt, tie, jacket. “Thereafter, I take my lead from the family.”
Works a lot harder than most to ensure you know what your choices are and have the info you need to craft a funeral that reflects your values and represents the life of the person who has died. You can be as involved as you wish, or James can do it all for you—whatever’s best for you. Dedicated to “inspiring families to reclaim their right to say their goodbyes in precisely the way they want.” Brilliant speaker and educator—talks to local groups and, with a colleague, holds workshops on best practice in end-of-life care.
With James you feel as if you are dealing with a friend rather than a representative of a profession. He levels with you. And he’s very conscientious. Take as much of his time as you like. He’ll lead your funeral ceremony if you want, and can put you in touch with 2 good local celebrants or “a lovely retired minister who loves anything different.”
Phone always answered by James and you’ll deal with him throughout. Reckons to see 90 per cent of families at home. Works with home funeralists “as a matter of everyday service”. Same sex undertaker to lay out the body if you wish. Come and help if you wish. Tries to avoid embalming, offers it only if really necessary. Limited experience of ethnic minorities in monocultural Gloucestershire. His customary hearse is his Audi A6 estate; will hire a big black one (or whatever) if you want. Good website.
Exactly the right person, and a rare find, for anyone wanting a highly personal funeral. One of the most humane people you will ever meet, and highly capable.