name a star

Name a Star

Name a Star is an annual event, hosted in every local branch of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, which also includes Geo Paskell of Manningtree, JK May of West Mersea and Janet C Davies of Braintree and Kelvedon. Everyone is invited to visit their local branch and to hang a special star on the Christmas tree, dedicated to the memory of someone you love and miss, in the run up to Christmas.

It doesn’t matter whether we were your funeral director, we simply want offer everyone an opportunity to remember the people they miss most at a time of the year when their absence is often most noticeable.

No appointment is necessary, simply drop in during office hours to your local branch and one of our lovely team will be very pleased to help you. If you can’t make it in person, then simply call the branch and ask one of the team to dedicate and hang a star on your behalf. The telephone number for every branch is available in the branch section of the website.

Then, in every Hunnaball Family Funeral Group branch in Essex and Suffolk, prior to Christmas, a simple ceremony will take place involving local dignitaries and clergy. They will dedicate the tree and its stars to the memory of those remembered, and pray for comfort for the ones who miss them.

Name a Star is an important and valuable part of our life as a funeral director and has grown to become a significant support in the run up to Christmas in the lives of many individuals and families.

If you want to know more, or to dedicate a star, please drop in to, or contact, your local branch during December and the compassionate and professional team will be very pleased to help you.


No, anyone is allowed to Name a Star. If you miss someone over the Christmas period, you can dedicate a star to them and hang it on one of the Christmas trees a local branch of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group.

Christmas is often the time of year when we notice the absence of the people we have loved, more than at almost any other time. It is far better to acknowledge the grief than to ignore it, and Name a Star is a very helpful way to admit to our loss and recognise our continued love.

You can visit or call any of our branches. They’re all over Essex and Suffolk and staffed by some amazing, dedicated people who are both professional and compassionate.