A Tradition Of Trust....
When you suffer a bereavement, a funeral for a member of your family can be the most difficult day of your life. Everything your family and friends thought about a loved one is expressed on that day. When someone dies it can come as a great shock. Sometimes the death may be expected but nothing prepares you for the emotions that you will feel.
It is a rare privilege to be an Independent Funeral Director, to stand in a sensitive position at a crucial time, in the midst of your family, knowing that the quality of our service and reputation will help you through this most difficult time in your life. It is not our policy to impose urgency or apply undue pressure upon you and your family. It is more important for many people to reflect the personality and character of their loved one within the arrangements and this often requires time and thought to do so.
OUR FUNERAL DIRECTOR
I was born in Colden Common in 1967 and is able to trace his families’ roots there as far back as the late 1700’s. I was educated in Winchester and studied at the Salisbury College of Funeral Sciences gaining an Honors in the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene Certificate for Funeral Service in July 1992.
A year later I passed the National Association of Funeral Directors Diploma at Guildford University and entered into membership of the British Institute of Funeral Directors. Sadly, the first funeral I was to conduct after qualifying was that of his mother Janet who died suddenly in June 1993.
In July 1993, I became Wessex Regional Secretary of the British Institute of Funeral Directors and the following year I was elected it’s youngest ever chairman, a post that I have been elected to on three occasions and further went on to serve firstly as it’s deputy governor to the Wessex region and then onto serve its board of governor representing London and Kent in 1997.
In 1998 I appeared in the BBC2 documentary ‘The Long Goodbye’ and was technical advisor to this series and the channel four documentary series ‘In Loving Memory’ in 1999.
In 2005 I took part in four and a half days filming of the Oscar award winning film ‘The Queen’ starring Dame Helen Mirren.
In my spare time I am an active member of the Royal British Legion and likes to raise funds for local charities, in particular the Dave Wellman Cancer Trust, Open Sight, The Blue Cross and The Royal British Legion. I am also an active member of the Rolls-Royce enthusiasts club and has served on it’s committee for central southern England.
About Joseph House.
Joseph House is named after our director Pauline’s father, Joseph Peters and is quite a landmark building in Eastleigh. It is over 115 years old and has always been a residential retail business until December 2015 when Pauline set about on a complete yet sympathetic renovation to the elegant building that you see today. A fine combination of classic Victorian architecture with modern facilities all on one site.
Ever mindful that it is hard to make that first step across the threshold of a funeral director’s premises, I have always tried to create a warm and friendly environment with no air of ‘black, mauve or morbidity’.
We are fairly unique in that we are able to undertake you loved ones funeral arrangements entirely under one roof. We have two chapels of rest within the building which are available to you to visit your loved one at anytime of day or night.
We have state of the art modern mortuary facilities within Joseph House so this means that unlike some companies your loved one will be moved only once from their place of death to our premises and stay there until the day of the funeral.
Whilst most funeral companies have male and female members of staff working there, very few give you the choice of who gets to dress, prepare and embalm your loved one. We realise that this is something that you may never have even considered but OUR policy is that if we are entrusted with the death of a lady, then a qualified lady embalmer will prepare them and dress them for the chapel of rest whether you wish to visit them or not and in the same way a male qualified embalmer will look after, dress and prepare the deceased gentleman that we are entrusted with.
We believe that this is vital final dignity that can be afforded to your loved one and will hopefully give you the peace of mind that they are being looked after by staying in our home until the day of the funeral. Unlike a great many funeral directors premises, Joseph House is NOT a lock up shop, it is my home and I believe it to be another dignified part of our service to see that the time that your loved one spends with us they are not in an unoccupied building at night and if cremation is chosen and the cremated remains are left with us awaiting further instruction, these are homed within the altar in the chapel of rest until their final resting place has been decided.