At the beginning of a new year, for many people there’s a sense of anticipation and promise. What will the future hold? I feel the same, even after more than 60 years in the funeral industry. I’m excited to meet new people, make a real difference in the world, and to enjoy time with the people who mean most to me… my family.


Of course, my anticipation is also tempered by the knowledge that a great many of the people I meet will be grieving and facing an uncertain future. Sharing some of life’s most challenging times with the people I serve is part of the life of the funeral director. And, while there are often tears, as well as thanksgiving, every day I’m deeply thankful for the privilege I have. I’m allowed to help make some of the biggest challenges in life a little more bearable for the people who face them.

Looking back on 2023, I have a great deal to be grateful for and you can read about some of it in the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group newsletter. But, looking forward to 2024, there are a few things which fill me with hope.

A third generation

Last year, my granddaughter, Emilia Hunnaball, joined the business to become a permanent part of the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group. She’s the third generation of the Hunnaball family to work in our company and, as she learns about the many different things we do, I’m filled with great pride, as well as hope for the future.

A growing work family

The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group is far more than the Hunnaball family. There is also an extensive work family, serving our customers across the branch network and in the different areas of the business. They are dedicated, hardworking, compassionate, and always professional. And, as our company continues to grow, our work family grows with it. 2024 is a year full of opportunity and I’m immensely proud to be sharing it with everyone who works for the Hunnaball Family Funeral Group.

Opportunity to make a difference

Most of all, this new year, like every year, is an opportunity to make a difference. A great many families will lose people they love and, as a funeral director, with my colleagues, I have an opportunity to make it a more positive and celebratory process where possible. We will treat everyone with dignity and respect, help to make appropriate arrangements with compassion and professionalism, offer beautiful memorials, and simply share the path with the people that need us. We will also, in all of the locations we serve, make a difference in our communities by partnering with charities, supporting events, and being there for everyone who needs us.

I wish you all a Happy New Year and assure you that, whenever you need us, we’re here to help.