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Serving Dorset for over 110 years

7 Reasons to Choose an Independent Funeral Director

Most of us prefer a personalised experience when it comes to spending money. So much so that many of us, 52%, are willing to pay more for a better experience.

Making funeral arrangements is a delicate process. It’s important to choose an experienced funeral director that has your interests at heart. In the UK, there are just two large chains offering funeral services and many privately-owned funeral companies run by small teams.

A recent survey of over 50’s found that most people are likely to choose local, independent funeral directors – particularly when planning their funeral in advance. Below are 7 reasons why you should choose an independent funeral director.

  1. Excellent service

When you choose an independent funeral director, you will receive all the support and care you need. At Douch Family Funeral Directors, we provide you with all your options from selecting a coffin to burial services. Taking into consideration your personal wishes and budget, we’ll offer a suitable funeral arrangement.

  1. Cost-effective

We can help you make sense of all funeral arrangement costs, so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Whether you’re looking for a traditional horse-drawn funeral or a simple funeral with just the essentials, we offer funeral arrangement packages to suit every budget.

  1. Heritage and experience

Independent funeral directors often have years of experience and stronger relationships with their community. Douch Family Funeral Directors was founded by Frederick Charles Douch in Wimborne in 1910. Frederick’s eldest son, Jack, joined the family business in 1935, aged 14. The business is overseen today by Jack’s son, Peter and grandson, Nick. Our rich heritage offers the combined benefits of local experience and a unique approach to funeral planning.

  1. Community focused

Independent funeral directors have close community ties and interact with local groups. We proudly host a range of community-focused events in Dorset and its surrounding areas. Our inclusive events include Knit & Natter coffee mornings, tea dances and more.

  1. Bereavement support

We offer ongoing support and invite people living with bereavement to join our local bereavement support groups. Our groups are run by Cindy Weller, a local counsellor and member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and National Counselling Society (NCS).

  1. Supporting local business

When you choose a local, independent funeral director you are supporting your local economy and neighbours, too. We’re a close-knit team that works with charities and local businesses to enrich our community.

  1. Flexible

Independent funeral directors will take the time to understand your unique situation so that you get the best advice. You can call any of our branches night or day, visit us in person, or let us come to you.

Our pre-paid funeral plans

Pre-paid funeral plans relieve stress and financial concerns from your family and help put your mind at rest. If you are thinking ahead to funeral payment plans, visit your local branch today and we’ll talk you through the details.

To find out more about our funeral packages, including our new exclusive Italian Villa package and horse-drawn funerals, contact our friendly team on 0800 032 9770 or get in touch using our contact form.


OnePoll Research of 1,000 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, November 2017.


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