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A Musical Send Off

January 23rd, 2015    Author: admin

Every funeral we plan here at Austins is different and every family has different ideas about the music which should be played. Sometimes, it’s been chosen in advance in consultation with the deceased person or it’s something they particular enjoyed through their life.

Sometimes, there’s a real message in the song that acts as a farewell, so three favourites from Eva Cassidy are Fields of Gold, Songbird and Over the Rainbow, with Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye and Robbie Williams’ Angels featuring often.

Celebrating life past leads to My Way by Frank Sinatra, Simply the Best by Tina Turner and Westlife’s You Raise Me Up.

You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers, Dance with My Father Again by Luther Vandross and Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven all reflect the sense that something of a person will live on.

And then, of course, there’s the more unusual choices we’ve been asked to play, including:-

Wish Me Luck as You Wave Me Goodbye by Gracie Fields, Eric Idle’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and Queen’s Another One Bites the Dust.

Whatever music family and friends opt for, it is always the right choice for someone and often reflects an important relationship.

Funeral Floral Display with a Difference

January 21st, 2015    Author: admin

One of the florists we work closely with is Daizy’s  and when our Stevenage branch was asked if they could provide a floral tribute in the shape of a dog, Daizy’s produced this amazing display.  You can see some of the more traditional funeral flowers that they offer HERE

Daizy Florist Dog Flower Display

Floral tribute

Annual Christmas Carol Evening 16th December 7.30pm at Harwood Park Crem

December 5th, 2014    Author: admin

Our annual Christmas Carol Service is nearly here again and we are looking forward to welcoming lots of old friends and new ones to this popular event.  An uplifting evening where many come to spend time and reflect about loved ones that have passed away and to celebrate their lives.

If you would like to join us at this free event at Harwood Park Crematorium in Stevenage on Tuesday 16th December at 7.30pm please phone 01438 815555 to book your free ticket.  Join us for a celebration of Christmas followed by mince pies and mulled wine.

Lights to Remember

Austins Charity of 2014 – Cancer Hair Care

November 25th, 2014    Author: admin

We were delighted to hold an information event for our 2014 charity Cancer Hair Care at Harwood Park in November.  Founder Jasmin Gupta gave a talk on issues that face all those going through treatment for cancer – when their hair falls out.

For most women and young people, dealing with hair loss is a major challenge and Jasmin talked passionately about things that many of us take for granted.  Facial expressions when you have no eyebrows, a windy day when you have a wig on and making sure your headscarf matches your outfits!

It was a heart warming and emotional evening, with many inspired by the work that Cancer Hair Care does.  Claire Austin took on the role of model for the evening sporting a variety of different ways to wear a headscarf and hairpiece.

If you would like to learn more about the amazing work of Cancer Hair Care please visit their website

Austins are extremely pleased to be supporting them as our 2014 Charity of the Year.