A NEW funeral director is uniting with churches to offer Britain's cheapest funeral packages to combat crippling funeral poverty.
Nigel Groves is furious that the cost of funerals have risen seven times higher than the cost of living in recent years and has set up his own modern yet traditional funeral directors in Worle High Street to solve the problem.
Hope Church in Worle High Street have now joined with Nigel to provide the cheapest tailored funeral packages in Britain, complete withcrematorium costs, food, drinks, hall and minister fees.
Nigel can even take the deceased to Sedgemoor Crematorium, Bridgwater, which is £200 cheaper than in Weston.
Nigel said: "After years in corporate funeral directors, I got fed up with the rising cost of funerals.
"I'm now linking with ministers across the area to provide help for local people who simply cannot afford inflated prices. Funerals are a necessity but it is unfair to charge high prices for people who are already struggling. We can see this from the rise of Foodbanks."
Nigel's firm is already 100% lower priced than some other local funeral directors and are the only local firm with their £999 simple funeral fee being less than the compulsory external or 'disbursement’ costs for loved ones which total over £1200 for the crematorium, doctors' and minister costs.
Nigel is also bringing back the traditional funeral send off with businesses surrounding his Funeral Home on Worle High Street already participating as a community coming together, to line the street as the funeral hearse drives very slowly by to show respect and celebrate the life lost.
After over 10 years working in an upper management position for a big corporate funeral directors, Nigel wants to give something back, and help out cash-strapped local people but also offer a personal service which brings back traditional ways of respecting those lives lost within the community.
Nigel said: "I am passionate about giving people in grief a really personal tailored service at the worst time of their lives. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and Facebook and Twitter will be a massive part of the way that we interact with people.
"We are a family funeral directors who not only work, but also live within the community we serve."
To contact Nigel see www.nigelgrovesfunerals.com or call 01934 525042.