Additional Options

Our role as Funeral Director is to assist you in arranging a truly dignified and personalised farewell to your loved one. We understand how important it is that the funeral be tailored to reflect their personality and so we offer additional services which will enable you to do this.

  • Natural Burials (Woodland and eco-friendly)
  • Range of coffin and casket designs
  • Floral Tributes
  • Bagpiper/Harpist/Choir/Soloist
  • Personalised attendance cards
  • Hymn sheets
  • Recording of service (Audio and visual)
  • Horse drawn carriage
  • Motorcycle Hearse
  • Alternative transportation of coffin
  • Union Flag/White Ensign
  • Burial of Ashes
  • Scatter of Ashes at sea (no Naval connection required)
  • Symbolic dove release
  • Pre-Payment Funeral Plans
  • Repatriation
  • Catering advice and venue booking
  • Information on Counselling Services and support organisations
White dove

If you are looking for something specialised, we will endeavour to source this for you.

For further advice please call 023 9282 4831 for our Portsmouth
branch or call 023 9226 9000 for our Waterlooville branch

Order of Service Booklet

If you wish, we can produce a personalised Order of Service for the mourners attending the funeral. In addition to the traditional order of service details, we can incorporate photographs, readings or favourite poetry, for example, making the content as individual as your loved one. These thoughtful touches make the booklet a lovely keepsake. You may order additional copies to send to family or friends who are unable to attend the funeral.

Order of service

Hymn Sheets

A hymn sheet can be printed by us free of charge for all services. One or two hymns are ample for the time allocated. A list of popular hymns can be found on our Hymn Sheets page.

Donations to Charity

We will gladly accept donations made in lieu of floral tributes for your chosen charity. Each donor will receive an acknowledgement letter sent by us on your behalf. Finally, when the collection period closes, we will list their names and send it to you for your information.

All donations received will be forwarded to the charity of your choice after approximately 6 weeks, either by hand or recorded delivery.

If you pay UK tax you can increase the value of your donation by up to 25% by making a donation using Gift Aid.  Simply download the declaration here, complete the necessary details and send it to us with your donation.

Obituary Notices

If you would like to place an obituary notice and/or an expression of thanks for sympathy in a local or national newspaper, please advise your Funeral Director who will arrange this on your behalf. Please provide the following information:

  • Name of Newspaper(s)
  • The day and date on which you wish the notice(s) to appear
  • The wording which you wish to be placed
  • There are a number of options with regards to illustrations and poetry which may be included in ‘The News’ Portsmouth. Please ask and we will be happy to assist you with this.


We understand there may be family members who wish to carry the coffin. In the interests of health and safety the correct training must take place at least 24 hours prior to the funeral. We ask that you liaise with your Funeral Director who will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements. Please note, all pallbearers must sign a disclaimer stating that they have received training and understand that Barrells Funeral Directors will not be held responsible for any injury or problem that may occur.

Funeral services

Barrells Funeral Directors are a proud Member of the Society of Allied & Independent Funeral Directors

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