The very first funeral I attended was a close friend of my parents many years ago now, I was filled with fear at the whole proceedings, the darkness of the coffin and the sombre clothes we all wore stayed with me...I was in my teens and I was at an impressionable age, which moulds the future.

People of all ages attend the funerals of their loved ones and a coffin with some colour and design, can take away some of the darkness and fear that can be associated with loss, especially the younger members who maybe attending a funeral for the very first time.

Of course there will always be those who want to go down the traditional route and why not, we all have choices in life, so why should it be any different when we pass.

I am listed in the Good Funeral Guide.