Are you part of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group?

Geo. Paskell and sons are a part of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group and have been there since the very beginning when, in 1983, Trevor and Melanie Hunnaball purchased the business. In many ways, Geo. Paskell of Manningtree has helped set the very high standards of service, compassion and professionalism that are at the very heart of the entire Hunnaball Family Funeral Group.


Can you recommend a minster or a funeral celebrant?

The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group are happy to work with any minister of religion or funeral celebrant you choose. We also have a list of funeral celebrants and ministers of religion of all kinds who we know are very good. We will not recommend a person to officiate at a funeral ceremony if we have not observed them in action or are not completely confident of their high standards.


Can you arrange a woodland burial?

woodland burial, or green burial, is an increasingly popular alternative to a traditional funeral ceremony. There are a number of woodland, meadow, and green burial sites across Essex and Suffolk, all of which we have contact with and can arrange a funeral ceremony. Most of them also have a chapel or venue where a service or ceremony can take place prior to the burial. Please, talk to a funeral arranger to find out more, or look at our website where there is more information.


Are you part of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group?

JK May Family Funeral Directors of West Mersea have been a part of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group since 1988. Mr May was always known on the Island for his compassion and professionalism, as well as his commitment to the local community. These are the values which remain at the heart of the entire Hunnaball Family Funeral Group and continue to be epitomised in our West Mersea branch.


Do you provide direct cremation?

We offer local direct cremations. They are an alternative to traditional funeral ceremonies and can save money, but they do not allow for family and friends to attend at the time of cremation because they take place at a time most convenient to the crematorium. We recommend using your local funeral director for a direct cremation, because it keeps your loved one closer to home and ensures that they receive the same dignified individual attention from which all our clients benefit. The cremated remains of your loved one will be returned to the branch for collection, or scattered or interred, according to your instructions. All direct cremations are carried out with the same, compassion and professionalism as every funeral we arrange.


Can I have a different type of hearse?

Our silver fleet and hearses are well known in the area, but there is also wide choice of alternative hearses available on request. We have arranged funerals with a motorcycle hearse, horse drawn hearses, a Land Rover, a brewers dray with shire horses, the vehicle from Ghostbusters, a traction engine, flat bed lorries, and so many more. Simply talk to your funeral arranger and if we are able to help, we will.


Do you arrange burials on the island?

There are a number of cemeteries on West Mersea and, subject to cost and permission, they are open for burials whether you live on the Island or not. However, there is an additional charge for those who are not resident on the Island.


Can I choose my own funeral celebrant?

You are very welcome to choose your own celebrant for your funeral. Many people already know and choose a minister or a local place of worship. However, you can opt to have a friend or family member to lead the funeral service. Due to the emotion of the occasion, most people do prefer to use a celebrant and we can recommend suitable professional celebrants for all faiths or none, and from many traditions or cultures.


Do I need to make an appointment to arrange a funeral?

It is not strictly necessary to make an appointment, but most people find that it is a good idea. You are welcome to drop into our offices, but it often takes a couple of hours to talk through the arrangements that you would like, and to make a range of choices, so it is a good idea to make sure that our arrangement rooms will be free for you to take your time and think things through quietly. Some people prefer to make arrangements over the phone, especially if they have a good idea of what they want, or are making arrangements from some distance away. Others prefer a virtual meeting, or to brief us by email, and that’s fine too.


Do you provide funerals for babies and children?

It has been our privilege to conduct funerals for babies and children over many years. We see this as a sacred trust and it has become an area of expertise for our teams. We understand that these are often the most painful funerals to arrange and we will support you at every stage, ensuring that you have as much choice as possible as you make all the necessary decisions. We are also privileged to support local charity Forever Finley, which provides 3D infant hand and feet castings for bereaved parents.