Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors are qualified funeral directors with decades of experience, operated on a day to day basis by Gary & Tina Franklin and Andy & Diane Hawkins. Gary and Andy have years of first hand experience working in the funeral industry, providing a reliable and sensitive service to customers from a wide variety of backgrounds. Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors manage all aspects of the funeral. Gary and Andy ensure everything runs smoothly from the initial contact with us, through to the day of the funeral and afterwards.
Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors operate our guardian service with all your loved ones, from the minute your loved one is in our care either Gary, Tina, Andy or Diane will accompany them throughout their time with us and will be the Funeral director on the day of the funeral.
Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors are situated in Tile Hill Lane Coventry, Station Road Marston Green in Birmingham and Station Avenue Banner Brooke Coventry, meaning we are perfectly located to serve the community’s of Coventry and Birmingham, including Balsall Common, Meridan, Solihull, Marston Green, Chelmsley Wood, Kingshurst, Tile Cross, Sheldon, Coleshill, Castle Bromwich and other parts of Warwickshire, the West Midlands and all neighbouring areas.
Committed to providing the best quality service that goes beyond expectations, we are available 24 hours a day, 365 day’s of the year.
The Role of Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors
Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors role is to arrange a funeral in line with your wishes, and ensure everything goes as arranged on the day. We will discuss your needs, advise on the range of services and products available then organise and coordinate in a caring, sensitive manner. We will go that extra mile to accommodate a family’s wishes. Always remember we are here to help and guide you, whatever your request may be.
As funeral directors and undertakers we are responsible for transporting your loved one into our care, where you can come and spend time with them in our private chapels of rest, at the funeral home of your choice. Alternatively we can provide assistance to enable your loved one to reside at home prior to the funeral. We provide all the facilities for you to pay respect and visit your loved one before the funeral, and deal with all the necessary and required paperwork to enable the cremation or burial to take place.
At Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors we can arrange everything from the time and date for the funeral to take place to liaising with the church, crematorium or cemetery, from providing the staff and vehicles, to placing obituaries in local newspapers, from arranging special music requests to ordering floral tributes on your behalf, recording those in attendance of the funeral so we can provide a full attendance list afterwards, and accepting floral tributes and any donations for your nominated charity. Whatever your wishes are, we will arrange them with dignity and professionalism to ensure the service is carried out exactly as you and your family wish.
Planning your own funeral is becoming more popular, taking the burden away from bereaved Family and friends. Funerals are about reflecting and celebrating a life, so it is something you should take an active part in planning.
By pre-planning you can record your exact funeral wishes – what you want to happen on your day at your funeral. This will give you the chance to specify religious preferences, ceremony type, funeral director and services. It also gives you the chance to specify your selection of coffin/ casket, urn, headstone or other items.
Options also include selecting a chosen charity for donations, flower requirements, cortege and funeral route to church / funeral ceremony. You can specify music, hymns, prayers and readings, and even a personal farewell message or poem.
You may wish to include a quirky funeral request that reflects your personality, or special requirements that will be unique to your celebration.
By planning all this in advance you can allow loved ones to be aware of your wishes, reducing the pain of the decision making process once you have gone.
All this can be done by just giving Franklin and Hawkins Independent Family Funeral Directors a call our Coventry Tile Hill Branch (02476 47 3000), our Birmingham branch (0121 779 5577) or our Coventry Banner Brook branch (02476 47 3002) where we would be happy to compile a living will for your funeral wishes free of charge.
Burial or Cremation?
Recent research found that over 70% of those over 65 – over 7.5 million of the UK population – were still to formally declare if they wished to be buried or cremated, or specify the type of funeral service they wanted. Age UK say 2010 saw the biggest increase in purchasing of funeral plans (having over 180,000 sold).
At Franklin & Hawkins Family Funeral Directors, we can help you with our Golden Charter Funeral Plans, designed to meet all budgets and needs, just give us a call and we will be happy to chat and advise you about the best Golden Charter Funeral Plans for you.
Beyond the Funeral Service
Our services go beyond the funeral as we offer a wide range of memorials with items suitable for cemeteries, churchyards and home. We are also able to help you with practical matters such as completing claims forms and making sense of complicated letters.
We can also put you in touch with organisations such as The Samaritans, CRUSE, Pet Rescue, Stop Junk Mail and many other organisations that can help you at this time.