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At The Vale Funeral Service, we have a large amount of experience in carrying out funerals of all types. Each funeral is tailored to each individual and their love hobbies and passions in their life, almost anything you require may be arranged. Religious or non-religious, in a church or involving a service in a meadow, garden or even a boxing ring, anything is possible.
Vale Funeral Service is renowned for the provision of the highest standards in funeral service. We are proud of our enviable reputation of providing a funeral service that is tailored to exact requirements.
Able to organise contemporary funerals with modern styles of coffins, our staff can also dress in clothing to suit your needs, such as brightly coloured ties.
From a bugler to a bagpiper, all types of music can be provided. Get in touch with us today to learn more.
Burials commonly take place in a churchyard or cemetery. Churchyards refer to burial sites in church grounds and usually have restrictions on who can be buried there. Many cemeteries accept both religious and non-religious burials, although some are reserved exclusively for a single faith. Your Funeral Director / Arranger will be able to advise you on the suitability of each of the burial grounds in the local area.
If the deceased is to be buried in a new grave, we can assist you with locating and purchasing a new plot, and any requests you have to purchase adjacent plots (excluding Barry Cemetery).
If there is already a grave (this is often as part of a family plot), we can assist you in finding out if there is space for a further burial and arranging for the deceased to be buried there.
All local crematoria have gardens of remembrance, where ashes can be laid to rest in peace and tranquillity. You will be able to choose from various forms of memorial at the crematorium, such as an entry in a book of remembrance, a plaque or headstone.
Most local burial grounds have an area set aside for the interment of cremated remains. They usually permit a memorial to your loved one, with most preferring the cremated remains to be interred in some form of container.
Alternatively, you might wish to have the cremated remains returned to you as a personal remembrance. We can make the necessary arrangements for this, as well as offering a wide selection of caskets and urns.
A horse-drawn hearse can be a more traditional tribute to your loved one, adding a real sense of occasion to the funeral. We offer a variety of coloured plumes, which can personalise the horse-drawn hearse for the day; please speak to your funeral arranger if you would like more information.
When possible the horse-drawn hearse will leave from our funeral office, but it is sometimes necessary to meet the cortege closer to the pre-arranged address because of distances. The fees include the use of an enclosed hearse, horses to draw the hearse and the transportation of staff.
Black hearse and horses Our stunning, dramatic black horses and corresponding hearse are available as a pair or four horses.
White hearse and horses Graceful and elegant, our well-kept white horses and corresponding hearse are available as a pair or four horses.
We understand that not all families want what would be considered a traditional funeral service, or may simply be concerned with the impact that their funeral will have on our planet and its environment.
At The Vale Funeral Service, we can advise on a number of different ecologically friendly funeral options, from help with a choice of green burial site and the type of coffin, to arranging a non-religious officiant to take the service.
The cortege fleet we offer consists of hearses and limousines that are built to our specific requirements. Together with our parent company, James Pidgeon & Son, we operate 3 fleets. Consisting of immaculate and new Jaguar™ XJ vehicles, our fleet is unmatched in terms of quality and comfort and is prepared and maintained to the highest standards.
Each of our limousines can comfortably carry 7 passengers. Prioritising safety at all times, all seats have attached seatbelts. Child safety seats may be fitted. Our fleet is maintained following the highest of standards and available to conduct funerals throughout the country.
Our philosophy has always been to put your family first, and our vehicles are designed with grace and comfort in mind. Our limousines are quiet, roomy, and complementary to a graceful and dignified funeral.
Music is important to most people, whatever their personal taste. Music at a funeral or a memorial service can be particularly special and important, as it can help to express a variety of emotions that go beyond words.
Very few funeral or memorial services take place without any music at all, even if it’s only before or after a service. Often the choice of music for a funeral is the area or personal choice that people feel most confident about. Your loved one may have had a favourite song, hymn, or piece of music that meant something special, perhaps from years ago.
Features such as a bagpipe player or a trumpeter can add a special touch to a funeral. We can organise any one of these for you as well as arranging for an organist to be present at the service. When it comes to singing, an organist to accompany the congregation is essential. Our local crematoria use the Wesley Media. They have a general list of music, which can be viewed online, and can source any music that is commercially available. Please note that the crematoria no longer accept CDs.
Sometimes a hymn is chosen that the deceased had at their wedding or played at a particularly special time in their lives. We suggest that, unless a piece of music is unsuitable (features very rude words, for instance), there isn’t any reason why it cannot be played at the beginning or at the end of the service. It could even be played during the service, subject to the agreement of the person who is officiating.
Music that isn’t recorded and ‘live’ can be more flexible and ‘fade in’ or out as appropriate. This can also be achieved with recorded music to a certain extent, however heavy metal, for example, does not work with just an organ playing it. Having said that, it is surprising just how much music written for other instruments can sound very effective when played on the organ.
Music in a non-religious service still has a vital role. Sometimes the relatives of the deceased may request for a hymn to be sung, or they may wish to sing or listen to some secular songs. A solo singer can also add a special touch to any ceremony.
Extra equipment for music is available if the service is in a church. We do ask that 72 hours’ notice should be given for all music requests, as this offers more time for downloading, delivery, or rehearsal.
Thornhill, Cardiff, and Barry Crematoriums offer webcasting so mourners who are unable to attend may watch the service live through a weblink. The service remains available to watch for 7 days.
Each crematorium has tribute screens where photographs may be displayed during the service. Up to 30 photographs may be displayed and are often played to music. The service may also be recorded and a DVD or audio CD can be produced if you require.