A funeral service means many things to many people.

Sometimes clear instructions are left, but sometimes there may be choices to make, including whether to have a burial or a cremation, whether the service is to be religious or non-religious; or whether the service will take place at the graveside, crematorium chapel, church or other venue.

When choosing a funeral director, it’s important to know that they are suitably experienced, so that the choices that unfold are not limited by their resources and knowledge. Professional funeral directors invest in services such as funeral cars, private chapels, well-appointed and welcoming premises, and support these with experienced and knowledgeable staff.

It’s always best to trust in a funeral director who is a member of an established professional trade body such as the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) or National Society Of Allied And Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) – or preferably, both. This ensures they are regularly inspected to uphold a recognised code of practice and maintain standards.

One family-run business that believes in choice and doing things properly is Newport-based Geoff Leather Independent Funeral Directors.

For further information contact Robin Leather or visit their offices. Contact the Newport office on 01983 529090 or visit 45 Upper St James’ Street, Newport. The Cowes office can be contacted on 01983 292932 or visit 40 Place Road, Cowes.