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Poppy hearse

A hearse is the vehicle that’s used to carry a coffin from the family or funeral home, to the funeral service, and then onto either the cemetery or crematorium.

Some of the options on this page might not be available, due to current restrictions from the coronavirus pandemic. Please call us on 0800 088 4883 if you need more details.

Our Promise is to make sure that every aspect of your loved one’s funeral is personally tailored to them, and that includes their final journey.

Whether they preferred discreet and minimalistic, or loud and flamboyant – we understand that everybody is unique and requires a personalised service.

Traditional hearses

We have a beautiful fleet of traditional black and silver hearses and in some regions we have two-toned hearses in a mix of silver and black.

Our traditional hearses are smart yet modest, and we take great pride in making sure they’re maintained to a very high standard.

We have a variety of makes available including Jaguar, Mercedes, Ford, Volvo and Vauxhall.

The standard hearse varies across the country but if there’s a specific make that you’d like, just let your Funeral Director know and they’ll do their best to accommodate you.

Black hearse fleet

Alternative hearses

Increasingly more and more families are choosing to personalise their funeral by creating a unique tribute reflecting the life of their loved one, through their choice of hearse. It could reflect a hobby, an interest, or even a favourite tv show!

In our recent funeral trends survey it was revealed requests for alternative hearses have increased by a fifth in the past three years, and as a result, we’ve added an extra 2 hearses to our fleet, a multi-coloured rainbow hearse and a poppy hearse.

We’ll always try to accommodate any requests for alternative hearses – you’d be surprised about what we can arrange for you.

48% of our funeral directors have been asked to source an alternative hearse for a funeral service, here are the top 10 most unique ones:

  1. Only Fools & Horses hearse
  2. Canal boat
  3. Milk float
  4. Converted steam train
  5. Lorry
  6. Tractor and trailer
  7. Quad bike
  8. Motorcycle hearse
  9. Tandem bicycle
  10. Horse and carriage

See our full funeral trends report

Funeral procession

The traditional funeral procession is still popular but is becoming more personalised as families are choosing the route the funeral procession takes.

If you're driving behind the hearse as part of the funeral procession, turn on your headlights and keep a close but safe distance to the car in front, allowing adequate braking distance.

To help keep the procession together, we can provide cortege markers and flags for the vehicles following the procession to alert other motorists.

If you're using satellite navigation, please note that the route we use may not be exactly the same one as shown on the satellite navigation system.