I'm Liz Allman, funeral arranger for Harrison Funeral Home in Winchmore Hill. We are a small group of independent funeral homes run by Mark Catchpole. From the moment a family contacts us we guides them through all the steps they need to take to lay their loved ones to rest. We aim to ensure that everything you wish for is covered and nothing is left to chance.
Our staff have over 50 years of experience in arranging funerals, Often people say to me "I couldn't do this job, how do you do it? doesn't it depress you?. The answer is always the same "It is one of the saddest jobs a person can do, but it is also one of the most satisfying jobs a person could do.
To help people at a time in their lives when they are faced with making important choices for their loved is a privilege. It all begins when a family entrusts their loved one to a funeral home and this is where we differ from the larger chains of funeral directors. The deceased is always brought directly to our chapel of rest until the day of the funeral and not a central holding depot. We will talk to you at length about the kind of funeral you wish to arrange and whether the deceased left any preferences. We will provide you with a range of options, including some that you might not have thought about - such as eco coffins, which are becoming increasingly popular.
Our coffins are ordered individually as one size does not fit all.
The key to being a good funeral arranger above all is to listen. Frequently, the answers to the questions you need to ask have already being answered simply by listening. We do not believe in pressuring families to spend more than they can afford, or indeed want to and we do not work on commission.I arrange funerals by phone and email, in the family home and in the office. I once more or less arranged a funeral in a pub, this is what the family wanted and this is where they felt the most comfortable. We are flexible and willing to go to great lengths for the families we help. We offer a simple funeral, with eco-friendly coffins, a more traditional funeral and as far as a bespoke funeral where coffins are created to reflect the character and personality of the person who has died, their hobbies, love of nature and much much more. We arrange flowers, order of service and the release of doves.
We are very pleased to be only one three London funeral directors included in the Good Funeral Guide and to have been recognised in their recent national awards. Harrisons was one of four companies shortlisted and on the night we came second, a huge achievement. Our ethos of 'Making a difficulty time a little easier' had been recognised by our families and over the year they had felt the need to write in expressing there gratitude and voting for Harrison's.
In the 201 awards we were runners up in three categories - 'Funeral Arranger of the Year', 'Low Cost Funeral Provider of the Year', 'Alternative to a Hearse'. Mark Catchpole received a personal commendation for his services to the funeral industry and Harrison Funeral Home in the category of Modern Funeral Director of the Year.
Where a person has been buried we can arrange and supply a memorial which is a lasting tribute. When a person has been cremated we offer for children a Memory Bear, where within a small amount of ashes or a keepsake are held securely providing a comfort and a feeling of closeness.
For adults we have a range of bespoke jewellery which incorporates a very small amount of ashes, this form of commemoration is a memorial in itself, especially if the person who has died has asked that their ashes be scattered in another country, a favourite place or to the wind.
If you are ever passing please feel free to pop in or telephone me, you don't have to wait for a bereavement to do so and if after reading this the thought of your own demise comes to mind you can now plan your own funeral ahead of time, sparing your family or friends difficult decisions and uncertainty with no one having to second guess your wishes. We work with Golden Charter, the U.K's largest independent funeral plan provider which means your money is safe and our fees are guaranteed.
We are here to advise and assist you in anyway we can. Please don't be shy or embarrassed to ask questions, just pick up the phone.
On our website you will find lots of information which you might find of use at this difficult time.