Verwood Funeral Directors

In the UK we’ve tended to shrink funerals down into nothing more than a number. In fact, it’s estimated that there are 600,000 funerals here per year, and that number is tallied to add up just how much money is in the “industry”.

At O’Hara Funeral Directors, we believe it’s more important than ever to keep the planning of a memorial service respectful, intimate, and understanding for the families and friends involved. Funeral services are very personal, which is why we pride ourselves on offering a variety of services that can ensure a wonderful celebration of life for your lost loved one while providing you with the comfort and support you need to get through this tough time.

It’s never easy to discuss the loss of a loved one or to start planning their funeral. But, we’re here to make the process easier on you, so you can focus your attention on grieving and healing.

What to Expect

Funeral directors have to take on many roles, from consulting with family members to preparing the deceased for burial or cremation. As a family member or friend who has recently lost someone you care about, though, we understand that your only concern is making sure their life is honored appropriately.

At O’Hara Funeral Directors, we offer either burial or cremation services, and are happy to talk to you about whatever choice you might want to make. Cremation services are the most common type of funerals nowadays, though burial services are still popular and your loved one can typically be buried in the burial ground of your choice.

There is also the option to have the cremated remains interred at a burial ground. This gives people a chance to visit a memorial and pay their respects for years to come.

If your loved one had already decided whether cremation or burial was their preference, we will walk you through what you can expect and assure you that every part of the process will be handled with care and respect.

Planning a Service

There is no “set date” for a funeral to take place after a person has passed away. The typical time period is anywhere from 1-2 weeks. This gives loved ones who have to travel time to make the trip to Verwood, and it helps to ensure the service is planned out properly.

Our top priority in helping you plan the perfect service for your loved one is to make sure you receive the highest standard of care and have everything at your disposal in your time of need. Because this is a very personal time, we take a personal approach with all of our services to make sure you and your family are cared for, as well as your loved one that has passed on.

We will work with you to put together either a religious or non-religious service, depending on your loved one’s preferences. Our award-winning levels of service also go beyond just personal care. We consistently want to make sure we’re offering our clients in Verwood the very best, which is why there are a few consistencies you can expect at our services, including:

  • Our recognisable staff dressed in navy blue to help as needed
  • Our signature fleet of modern silver Jaguars
  • Our chapels and offices decorated appropriately

Your loved one and your family deserve the very best, so we will work with you every step of the way to put together a worthy service. No two services are exactly alike. Rather, the planning stage is about bringing forth the best memories of the person who has passed and putting together a service to truly honor them and their memory. If you’re not sure where to begin, or you’re feeling overwhelmed by the whole process, we are here to help. We will work with you on anything from music selection to readings, to who might be speaking at the service, until we create a respectful and life-honoring program for the one you’ve lost.

Creating a Legacy That Lasts Forever

A funeral service is only part of the process after a loved one has passed on. Perhaps an even more important part is making sure they are never forgotten. Nicholas O’Hara funeral directors are here to help you with that in more ways than one, to ensure that the memory of your loved one will live on long after their passing in respectful, personal, and beautiful ways.

We work with Matt Williams and his company as our only trusted stonemasons for memorials. Williams Monumental Company is based in Verwood, and they hold themselves to the highest standard of care, professionalism, and attention to detail. When it comes to honoring the lasting legacy and memory of your loved one, choosing the right memorial is important. Thankfully, the Williams company will work with you every step of the way to make sure you can select a stone that best fits the memory of the person who is gone.

With different styles, designs sizes and shapes to choose from, this is another very personal process, and Matt Williams and his team understand that to the fullest. You can visit their showroom in person to get a better idea of what would fit your needs while honoring the one you love, so the stone can be a dedication to them at the spot of their burial for centuries to come. Something that reflects that person’s personality is a great way to honor them, and give you something to look forward to when you go for a visit to their burial site. Many people choose to get creative with their memorial stones, so don’t be afraid to let the real side of your loved one come through in their memorial. It will help to bring you a bit of comfort each time you see it.

Additionally, you can create more personal lasting legacies with fingerprint jewelry. We offer a variety of memorial pieces, including:

  • Rings
  • Necklaces
  • Pendants
  • Picture frames

Each item is uniquely inscribed with the fingerprint of your loved one, so they will always be with you and close to you. If you would like a scan of your loved one’s finger to be made throughout the funeral process, don’t hesitate to let us know. This is a great way to not only keep their memory alive in your own heart, but a way to offer gifts to family and friends, so everyone has a piece of that loved one with them at all times. You do not have to set up a funeral service with us in order to receive this particular service.

Pre-Paid Funeral Planning

Many people opt for pre-paid funeral planning at some point in their lives. If you live in the Verwood area and you’re interested in talking about an end-of-life service, feel free to contact us for more information.

Pre-paid funeral plans put you in complete control of your own service. It eases the burdens of your loved ones, so they don’t have to worry about planning a service shortly after your passing. Plus, it ensures that your funeral is exactly what you would want it to be. Pre-arrangements can help you to decide on things like:

  • Flowers/decorations
  • Music
  • Readings
  • Speakers
  • Cremation or burial

It is the independent way of funeral planning. That’s why we have partnered with Golden Charter. This allows you to pre-pay for your funeral so the financial burden isn’t left on those you love. Golden Charter will store the payments in a secure trust so you can have peace of mind, knowing everything will be taken care of after your passing.

Obviously, it’s not always easy to think about your own funeral service. But, it’s a great way to ensure you’re getting the service you want while taking some of that pressure off of the people you care about. They will be able to attend the service you put together without any added stress, and they can get through the grieving process in a healthier way without feeling so overwhelmed by planning.

Funeral Services in Verwood

Whether you’re looking for a funeral director you can trust for Verwood cremations or Verwood burials, or you’re considering taking your service into your own hands with pre-funeral planning, don’t hesitate to contact O’Hara Funeral Directors for more information or to start planning a service as soon as possible.

We are here for you during this time of need in every way possible. As stated at the beginning of this page, it’s easy to fall into the impersonal side of funeral services, since so many of them occur each year and the industry itself has become somewhat greedy. We pride ourselves on keeping the personal, respectful aspect in everything we do. Our care and dedication to those we have lost are unmatched, and we believe that shines through in all of our funerals and additional services.


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If you have any questions or wish to discuss how we can help you or your family please get in touch

Wimborne (Head Ofice)

38 Rowlands Hill

01202 882134


5 The Old Pottery
Manor Way

01202 824961

West Moors

128 Station Road
West Moors

01202 895875


38 Seamoor Road

01202 612110


14 Neighbourhood
Culliford Crescent
Canford Heath
BH17 9DW

01202 612210

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