COVID-19 Information

Funeral Directors Thornbury

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COVID-19 Information

Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

This is a very concerning time for everyone right now. We want to reassure you that we are continuing to take the greatest care of our families and arrange funerals in the best possible way. We are keeping up to date with the latest government guidance on funerals and will keep our families informed of any changes.

If someone has passed away at home.

Please contact us at any time, we still cover a 24hr service. We will ask you for the normal information, but we will now also include asking if you know if the deceased or anyone in the property has tested positive for coronavirus. When we arrive, our men will be wearing PPE as a standard precaution, in the event that someone could be asymptomatic. We ask that you follow social distancing whilst our staff are with you.

Arranging the funeral

Where possible we are trying to keep you safe as well as our staff. We will arrange funerals over the phone wherever possible, to minimise contact. Once done we will send the funeral director to your home to hand you the paperwork that has been completed, it will be clearly labelled for you to sign. It is nice for you to meet the funeral director so you know who will be looking after you on the day of the funeral.

If you come to the funeral home to sign the paperwork then you will be asked to wear a mask and sanitise your hands.

All paperwork will be laid out ready for you visit and clearly marked for signing.

  • There are gloves if you wish, masks and automatic hand sanitiser are available in reception.
  • No more than 2 clients may visit the home at any time.
  • We regularly clean all surfaces in the funeral home and use a sanitising fogging machine to sanitise the air.


During this lockdown we are not offering limousines on funerals. We will bring the hearse to an address should family want to follow to the crematorium.
If the deceased has been tested positive for COVID-19 then due to the airborne nature of the virus we cannot permit visiting in the chapel.
We also cannot take fingerprints for jewellery but you do have the option of ashes into glass keepsakes.

We apologise for any additional stress this may cause but we have a duty of care to you our client and also to the health and safety of our staff.

Independent Funeral Directors in Thornbury

Has a loved one recently died? Seeking advice and support from funeral directors in Thornbury can be very comforting at such a difficult and emotional time.

Strictly speaking, we are not funeral directors in Thornbury, but our bright and welcoming funeral home is just a stone’s throw away in Westbury on Trym. And our caring and compassionate team, here at Brunel Funeral Directors, has been helping bereaved families in Thornbury for more than 45 years.

One thing that sets us apart from other funeral directors in Thornbury is that we will always give you and your family time to grieve. We will never rush you into making any decisions and, instead, assist you in giving your loved one the funeral they deserve, for a price you can afford.

What we do

Funeral services and packages

As leading independent funeral directors near Thornbury, we take on the burden of planning a funeral and follow yours and the deceased’s wishes as closely as possible. We offer a range of funeral services and packages, including:

Direct Cremation Service

A simple, yet dignified, cremation with no attendees, ministers or service – just the funeral directors and bearers – from £1495.

Direct cremations offer an affordable alternative to a full funeral service – without compromising on the quality of care. As there is no service, you can choose how to celebrate their life and bid farewell in a simple, fuss-free way.

From the collection of the deceased and transportation to the crematorium by private ambulance to a simple foiled coffin, doctor’s fees, cremation fees, and the required paperwork – all disbursements are included in this package.

The Brunel Service

A 30-minute service held at either Canford or South Bristol Crematorium and delivered with complete compassion and care – starting from £1950.

The fee also includes:

  • conveyancing of the deceased into our care
  • care and preparation of the body for the service and viewings
  • completion of documents and arrangements
  • provision of a hearse, funeral director and bearers on the day
  • scattering of ashes at the crematorium (or the option to collect within 14-days of the funeral)

The Bespoke Service

A personalised service that ensures the deceased’s wishes are reflected in the funeral arrangements.

The price depends on the individual items you select (i.e. specialist hearses, coffins, flowers, music, memorabilia, etc.).

Although it often works out to be the most expensive package, we are very transparent with our costs and can offer a tailored quote. Before we move forward or discuss alternative options, we will always make sure you’re happy.

Additional Funeral Services

Most people assume that funeral directors in Thornbury only help you to organise the basics. But not us at Brunel Funeral Directors. We are here to help you every step of the way and offer a range of other services.

Our team will assist you in choosing between a cremation and burial and the type of service, taking into account yours and your loved one’s religious beliefs and traditions. We can take care of the floral arrangements too – whether it’s a single flower, posy or wreath; a large bouquet or bespoke letters and numbers. You can also have flowers sent to our Bristol funeral home so they can travel with the coffin on the day of the funeral.

More importantly, we understand that bereavement, grief and loss can cause many symptoms and affect people in different ways. There is no right or wrong way  to feel when you lose someone you care about, but our funeral directors near Thornbury can offer bereavement support for as long as you need. Even after the funeral has taken place.

Funeral Plans

Although it’s not something all funeral directors in Thornbury offer as a service, Brunel Funeral Directors provide pre-paid funeral plans from Golden Leaves.

Increasingly more people are choosing to take out a funeral plan as it’s the best way to ensure you have the costs covered in the event of your death. It can also save your family the heartache and expense of arranging your funeral and gives you the option to coordinate every aspect.

There are various ways in which you can pay for a funeral plan, depending on your financial situation. For example, you can pay in one lump sum (getting it out of the way), flexible monthly instalments or fixed monthly payments.

Contact us today

If you’d like to know more about our funeral plans, get in touch with our funeral directors close to Thornbury on 0117 374 2002 or drop us an email at

Alternatively, come and visit our funeral home in Westbury on Trym and, we can talk you through the available options over a cup of tea.

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