J. K. May of West Mersea

Blackwater House, 51 High Street, West Mersea, CO5 8JE
Tel: 01206 382235

Welcome to J. K. May of West Mersea

Established by John K. May in 1980, JK May of West Mersea has served the community for more than 40 years. John himself was the Island’s funeral director for over 35 years and will always be remembered. The Hunnaball family have continued his fine traditions since JK May became part of The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group, as long ago as 1988, and it is still run by the family today. 

The team is led by Joe Garwood and his wife, Polly Hunnaball, who are very much part of the island community.

Family is at the heart of everything that we do, so we understand fully how distressing and stressful losing a loved one can be to the whole family and also to friends. That is why we pride ourselves on providing the most professional and caring funeral services, guiding you through every stage of the funeral arrangements. Together, we work with you to complete all the required formalities and formulate a funeral to commemorate your loved one, with the utmost dignity and respect.  

At JK May of West Mersea you will find a kind and friendly welcome. Our facilities include onsite parking, a family friendly arranging room, where you can plan in privacy and comfort, and a modern mortuary, where your loved one will be cared for meticulously. Our private Chapel of Rest overlooks the secluded Garden of Memories where visitors can spend time in quiet reflection.  

We understand how daunting the prospect of arranging a funeral can seem, but you will find that we are ready to help at every stage. We have a team of experienced funeral directors always at hand, and our first response team is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so that we can be there whenever you need us.   

We also have years of experience of working with medical professionals, legal advisers and celebrants, so you can depend on us for advice and guidance throughout. We will support you in creating the funeral service that your loved one deserves, commemorating and honouring them in the way you, and they, would wish.

Our team

Joe Garwood

Caroline Cotton

Contact details

J. K. May of West Mersea

Blackwater House, 51 High Street, West Mersea, Essex, CO5 8JE.

Call us

01206 382235

Our services

At the time of bereavement there are certain practical steps that must be taken.

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This is probably the biggest decision you’re going to make when it comes to arranging the funeral and will depend on what is right for you and your family.

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Each funeral is unique, but our aim is to offer a fair and competitive pricing structure so you have a wide choice to suit your budget.

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We have a comprehensive selection of the best traditional solid and veneered coffins and caskets.

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Each of our Chapels of Rest have been individually designed to provide a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

In order to make your visit as relaxed as possible, we request that you make an appointment so that you are able to have time for quiet reflection and privacy.

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Our fleet of elegant stately silver Mercedes vehicles adds great dignity to the funeral cortege.

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A funeral is a traditional rite of passage, and is part of the grieving process. A meaningful funeral service helps people to cope with loss, to comfort each other, and to celebrate a life. The ceremony can take many forms, and can be religious or non-religious. What is important is that it is the right choice for the person who has died, and for their family and friends.

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If your wish is for a funeral with ‘the gentle touch’, our Lady Funeral Directors are available at every branch and they will officiate on the day with calm sensitivity combined with feminine elegance and grace.

They are always assisted by their team of male colleagues, and will ensure the smooth running of all the arrangements.

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The death of a child is a loss like no other. You may feel overwhelmed by the decisions you have to make at this time, and unprepared to make them. We are here to give you practical advice on what you need to do, and guide you through all the necessary formalities and arrangements.

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Professional funeral directors with a strong sense of tradition and family values.

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We can cater for all styles and budgets – from a loosely styled, natural arrangement to a more formal tribute.

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In producing funeral stationery our philosophy is to produce an attractive, quality item that the bereaved will wish to keep.

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We will set up a memorial page in memory of your loved one to receive online donations.

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This is where you will find all of our upcoming funeral services, with service details and links to individual tributes.

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The concept of a woodland or ‘green’ burial is growing in popularity, and we are pleased to offer this as an option.

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We can arrange repatriation to and from anywhere in the world and take care of all the documentation and legal requirements. Please contact us for specialist information and support.

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We understand that grieving doesn’t end with the funeral ceremony, and we are here to guide you through this difficult time in your journey through bereavement

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Our service extends beyond the day of the funeral and if there are any further problems or difficulties of whatever nature, we will be able to put you in contact with people who are willing and able to offer practical help, understanding, sympathetic counsel and comfort.

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We have always been pro-active when it comes to training within our profession. We organise visits to our branches for many different groups and hold seminars to help care professionals learn more about the work we do.

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A headstone is a lasting monument and a tribute to a person’s life, perhaps a final gift to someone dearly loved.

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