“I can’t believe all the ‘extras’ which were included”

I am extremely pleased I chose your company to carry out the funeral arrangements. Graham had always favoured family firms, and his brother Peter had been greatly influenced after attending some others that Hollowells had arranged. You put us both at ease as soon as you came in the room. You were very proactive in designing the colourful coffin, to make it look more manly, with the inclusion of the tandem and removal of the poem. Little, but important, details. I was impressed with your attention to detail and particularly your dignified deference in bowing to the coffin when transferring from the Chapel of Rest to the crematorium. I liked the respect shown by your walking in front of the cortège both in Thornton and at the crematorium. Your uniforms looked very distinguished and the burgundy colour of the cars made them more distinctive.

I can’t believe all the “extras” which were included: a framed photo of Graham (originally by the coffin in the crematorium) and a huge canvas picture of the two of us in front of Niagara Falls, a smaller one of which also featured on the Order of Service booklet, a CD of the music Graham chose, two different commemorative obituary cards and some poppy seeds. Have I missed anything? Probably. Thank you very much for my keepsakes.

Thank you for all your help in making a difficult time more bearable and less stressful. Everything seemed to go like clockwork.

I would definitely recommend D. Hollowell & Sons to others.

Yours sincerely,


The late Graham Sykes 1st July 2019


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