How we care for the person who has died
Hello and Welcome
Based in York, Hand in Hand is an award-winning contemporary funeral service which offers a holistic approach to funeral directing, incorporating end of life care and bereavement support for those who need it.
I understand that planning a funeral can feel overwhelming but will gently guide you through the options available and provide you with the right level of support to enable you to have the funeral that is right for you.
As a trained and experienced independent funeral director, I can be completely flexible in my approach in order to meet your needs and whether you want to make some of the arrangements yourself, or would prefer me to make them on your behalf, I want you to feel in control throughout the process.
I am there to facilitate your wishes, rather than direct them.
Arranging a funeral in this way allows you to create a ceremony which honours the individual and enables you to say goodbye in a personal and meaningful way.
This can have a profoundly positive impact on your grief.
Coming from a background in palliative care, you can trust that the person who has died will be cared for in the kindest, most gentle way possible. I can also support family or friends to be involved in their care too, should they wish. To find out more about how I care for the person, please see the link below.
As my work as an End of Life Doula takes places in people's homes or care facilities, I do not have my own funeral premises.
Instead, I currently share space at Last Wishes funeral home in New Earswick. The space is beautifully light and welcoming and I have the freedom to care for the person who has died exactly as they, and their family, would want.
When arranging a funeral, or discussing end of life wishes, we can either meet here or I can visit you at home, where you may feel more at ease.
I am also passionate about funeral affordability and have signed the Fair Funerals Pledge, to show my commitment to honest and transparent pricing.
So, whether you are planning a funeral for yourself or a loved one, or require end of life support, please do not hesitate to call me and I will do everything I can to help.
With love, Kerry
As of September 2021, the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) have stipulated that, by law, all funeral directors are required to publish a standardised price list for the products and services they offer. The wording of the standardised price list has been set by the CMA and regulations state that the wording cannot be altered or amended in any way and a monetary value has to be given for each item.
Please note, however, that although I am obliged to list a price for viewing of the person who has died in the first section (in order to comply with the regulatory guidelines) in actuality, I would never charge a family for spending time with someone in my care, either in or out of normal office hours, and give my full support to any persons who wish to do so.
I know how incredibly important it is (for those who wish to) to spend time with the person who has died and facilitating this is just part of the service I provide and covered by my professional fee. Please do not interpret that you would be charged for wanting to visit your loved one, regardless of the number of visits or the amount of time you wish to spend.