Funeral Services

Serving the community since 1920 

At H Biffen & Sons Ltd, we can assist you in making funeral arrangements for the service. Contact us for more information. 

What we do

In this world everyone is different and unique. 
No one person is exactly the same as the next so no funeral should be the same.
Your first decision is whether their wish was burial or cremation.

Burial or cremation is a very personal choice. Even though you may want one choice and your partner wants the other, you can still be together in years to come.


Some people choose to have a service in a Church then have the cremation afterwards or before. Others wish to have a service just at the crematorium chapel. A service at the crematorium can be 20 minutes to an hour. When choosing your final resting place, you may want to be scattered into the wind, at a favourite place or in the garden of rest.


Burials have been taking place for hundreds of years and are a very traditional way of having a funeral. In this area some churchyards are closed due to having run out of space. We have 2 cemeteries in Bridgwater, Bristol Road Cemetery and Quantock Road Cemetery.

Then you would need to think about the sort of funeral they want from where you want the service, to music, hymns, tributes or poems and anything else you could think of that would mean something to them and you.

Traditional Funerals

A religious service in a Church with burial or cremation after, with hymns, Organ music or CD music.

Modern Funerals

Everyone has different beliefs, whether you believe in a higher God or not, you can have a service to reflect that and these are called a civil service (a service where you can have as much religion or no region but just the lord’s prayer if that’s all you wanted. Most people who aren’t religious understand that “Aunt Flo” might be and just want a little bit in there) or a humanist (this is a completely non-religious service. You can’t mention any God in any way but there is a moment of silence for private prayer). Also the venue you are looking at having the service in doesn’t have to be a Church or a Crematorium. We have in the past used back gardens and even public house grounds.

Simple Funerals

Sometimes people just want a simple service at the Crematorium or a Graveside service with only a few words said or just music played.

Green or woodland funerals

Not everyone wants to be in a Cemetery, so this is an area of green land where your loved one can
be buried. There are no headstones or markings, just natural land.

DIY Funerals

Some people want to do as much for their loved one as they can. We are here to help and guide you
with this in any aspect you wish to do yourself, for example; families may wish to make the coffin
themselves, other families wish to do everything and just want us to do the practical side of caring
for their loved one and we are here to help and support you in this.

Please remember this is just a guide to help you. You may want to use one of these and then
personalise it to what you want.

Even though you have decided the path you wish to take for the funeral, you can then add little
touches to make the funeral more personal, from
• The coffin you choose
• The music you play, pre-recorded or live
• The flowers you choose
• Poems
• Tributes
• Orders of service
• Visual tributes
• Refreshments after the service
• The transport you wish to travel in
• Announcements in any paper or social media
• Congregation colour/ dress code
• Private chapel of rest
• Taking names at a service
• Public address
• Outside catering for your home or venue e.g. village hall
• Ashes into glass or memorial jewellery

The Coffin

The world is your oyster when it comes to the coffin. You can go from as simple to as elaborate and
personal as you wish. From the brick layer having a brick coffin, to the plumber having taps on their
coffin, to the natural willow or cardboard or the traditional solid oaks and caskets, the choice is
yours. You could even go in the Tardis!

The Music

The music you play can be very personal to you and them. You can have their favourite piece of music that says the words you wish you had said or wish you could say now. Music can be a very powerful feature at a funeral, the memory’s they hold and will hold for a lifetime.


Such as music, poems can have the same effect using some one else’s words to say what we sometimes cant or even writing your own to express the words you want to say.


Most funerals are about 20 to 30 minutes and the tributes to your loved one are the most important part of the service. It’s the opportunity to say to the congregation about their life, loves and what made them the person they are. A tribute isn’t just about where they were born, school or jobs, it’s about them as a person. What makes them laugh to the joys that you have celebrated and sometimes sorrows shared. Funny stories of their life and memories are sometimes a good way to share this.

Order of Service

An Order of service is the little booklet you have at the service that can have pictures of your loved one that capture them at their best. You can put hymn words, poems or anything inside, even a poem that isn’t part of the service as the hymn sheet is often something people will keep as a keepsake.

Visual Tributes

We are of a digital age and some Crematoriums and Churches now have the ability to show a slide show of photographs set to music. This can often show the person and memories in a way that words cannot.

Refreshments After Service

This is often called a wake, having a cup of tea and a sandwich and the opportunity to talk to friends and family. This is something we can arrange and help you with.


How you wish to get to the service is as much personal choice as any. Options can be seen below
• A traditional hearse


• Bicycle and side car
• Horse and carriage
• Motorbike and side car
• Lorry
• 4x4
• Tractor
• Quad bike

Chapel of Rest

This is where you would visit your loved one. Our Chapel is of non-denomination as we understand everyone is different. Our Chapel has a reception room next to it so you can take your time and also catch your breath before leaving.
We will organise every wish you have, the only thing we cannot do is register the death. We want to take as much pressure off you as a family. We are here to help you.
We work to the moto “Allow our family to care for yours”.
Contact us
For bespoke funeral arrangements in Bridgwater, Somerset, contact H Biffen & Sons Ltd on 01278 423 333
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