Caring Angels' innovative ideas embraced by families
CARING ANGELS funeral directors is a business that is all about making sure that the family member who has passed is remembered appropriately.
It is an all-female staff seeking to bring that "special women's touch."
Recently, funeral director Amanda Amos decided to get families more involved, right down to decorating the coffin in a tasteful and respectful way.
"This is something that I thought of recently as a way of getting families engaged in saying goodbye and this means writing messages on the coffin, painting or adding a special touch that celebrates the person's life.
"In one case, a family put graffiti on the coffin, others have put hand prints on the lid and wrote messages. We have even lined a coffin with the wedding dress of the deceased.
"We do have times in the service when we invite those attending the funeral to come forward and write on the coffin as a wish from the family," she said.
Amanda Amos said that the idea, while different, is aimed at ensuring the service is memorable and special for the family and friends. "It really makes a difference for many people and especially for a younger person."
Caring Angels has been in operation now for 18 months. Amanda and co-funeral director Andrea are both mums, happily married with all of the usual things that take place in life.
Amanda sees her role as a "calling" something that she has the heart for.
"People often don't know what to do when a loved one dies," she said.
"When we come to the home, hospital or nursing home, we give the family time to deal with what has happened. "I have been in the funeral industry for the last nine years.
"I previously worked for a large company where I gained my knowledge and skills of working with families and their loved ones.
"I then found that I wanted to further my own ideas and use my "gift" in my own way and on a more personal scale."
Caring Angels Funerals aim to provide a cost-effective service. They are aware that people do not always have much money.
They serve Ipswich and surrounding areas.