New Years Update

Hello Everyone. 

As we all step firmly into 2020, we wanted to start off our blogs with some brief updates. 

Last year we reflected on all the hard work that had been put into the decorative order of our offices, and the refurbishments, partial and complete, that had been carried out to them. We received really positive feedback on our efforts at Sidcup and decided to adopt similar modern schemes in other offices. This is with the exception ...

Lifting The Lid; Life In Death



“Death is one moment, and life is so many of them”  Tenessee Williams


My first encounter with Udens was on a warm, humid summer's day after a self-imposed career break - the less said about that the better! I had spent a disproportionate amount of time looking for the ‘right role’ in a very different industry I'd spent 15 years working in, interviewing with companies who used mo ...

Miss me but let me go

Miss me but let me go by Christina Rossetti

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?

Miss me a little–but not too long
And not with your he ...

Happy Funeral Poems



Afterglow by Helen Lowrie Marshall

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one.

I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before ...

Uden Chronicles “Play that song at my funeral”


Talking about funerals is sometimes seen as a taboo subject, although often in jest you hear someone say “oh they’ll play that at my funeral”, or “that’ll be written on my gravestone.”

More often than not its really quite hard as a family to choose which music to play at your loved ones funeral. Do you pick something classical? Their favourite song? Your favourite song? A song with a specific meaning or memory? A hymn? or all of the above.< ...

Ultimate Guide to Funeral Etiquette in UK

As funeral directors, we often get asked about the correct etiquette at funerals in the United Kingdom, the order in which the service should take and so on. Our answer is always the same, let's make this service what the family and of course the deceased would have wanted. Of course, a framework and a plan are necessary but there are many different types and formats during funerals these days that bespoke fu ...

Top Funeral Songs For Dad


Every funeral is personal to that person and their family. A way to make the funeral that bit more personal is the choice of music. We hear on a daily basis songs from such a wide variety of different genres. Classical, Rock, Soul, Swing in fact you name it I’ve heard it.

Of course there are your popular choices like My Way - Frank Sinatra or Unforgettable - Nat King Cole ...

What should I do when a death occurs?



If the death is expected and occurs at home: 

  • Contact the deceased’s doctor and inform them of the death
  • Once the doctor has given permission to move the deceased, you may contact us and we will aim to be with you within 1 hour, to move the person who has died into our care
  • The doctor will issue the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death to the family representative for registration purposes

If the ...

TV themes popular as funeral songs

Every funeral is personal to that person and their family. A way to make the funeral that bit more personal is the choice of music. We hear on a daily basis songs from such a wide variety of different genres. Classical, Rock, Soul, Swing in fact you name it I’ve heard it.

Of course there are your popular choices like My Way - Frank Sinatra or Unforgettable - Nat King Cole which from ...