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David joins our Harrogate service
We have recently welcomed David who has joined Full Circle’s Harrogate service as a Funeral Director. David has spent a large portion of his professional life performing and writing music, as well as sharing his enthusiasm for the art with younger people. Full Circle’s ethos of improving the wellbeing of every bereaved individual struck a chord with David; as well as supporting individuals in the capacity of Funeral Director David will also be helping our Music for Wellbeing effort.
“Funerals Your Way” book proceeds to support Swansong project!
Since our funeral self-help book “Funerals Your Way” was published in 2018, all the proceeds have been donated to local charities.
We are thrilled to be supporting The Swansong Project in 2021 because we have seen the fabulous support they provide and the profound difference this makes to people. Thank you to Ilkley Gazette for sharing our news.
Spreading the word about design for wellbeing
How we think and feel is, to an extent, a reflection of our physical environment. Arranging a funeral can be an incredibly difficult experience which is why Sarah put so much thought into designing the interiors of our services. Recently Sarah spoke to the Yorkshire Post about her interior work and about biophilia, the philosophy behind the creativity.
Sarah’s also written a short blog post about some of the principles she keeps in mind when considering how to create a calming atmosphere in our funeral services.
If you’d like to see some of these principles in action you can see various examples on our services; in Halifax we’ve a wonderful tree ring feature piece which hangs in the foyer and Harrogate is home to an organic privacy feature made of repurposed tree stumps. There are many more examples on our service pages – please feel free to have a look around.
Chat with us!
We’re very excited about the new addition to our website – a chat with us feature!
The chat with us feature will be manned live by a member of the team 8am – 8pm Monday – Saturday. We hope you find this helpful!
All of our usual means of communication are still running – please visit our contact us page for information.
Join us to light a candle for someone that you are missing
Guiseley Methodist Church is jointly hosting a remembrance event with out Guiseley service on Wednesday 18th December between 1-3pm.
We’d love it if you could join us, and if you’d like, light a candle and stay a while.
The evening will be a wonderful opportunity to remember those that you care about, and continue that bond.
Please wear a face covering.
All welcome, but please come in small family groups. You will have the time to remember those that you are missing.
If you’d like any further information please contact us.
National Grief Awareness Week is 2nd – 8th December 2020
There are a number of events being hosted in our local area during National Grief Awareness Week 2020. Raising awareness about grief, encouraging people to share their story and supporting conversations about grief is an important way to support the wellbeing of every bereaved person.
Why not join us one of the local events?
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 11am – midday
Live, interactive webinar to create a Christmas memory bauble
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 1pm – 2.30pm
A virtual video-storytelling event to watch a set of video-stories made in 2020 by storytellers on the ‘Life, Loss, Learning and Legacy’ Project, that share and explore experiences of loss, grief and the learning.
Wednesday 2nd December 2020 5pm – 6.30pm
Full Circle Funerals online bereavement support group – a safe space to listen and talk (everyone is welcome)
Thursday 3rd December 2020 11am – 1pm: Adapting to deliver virtual funeral and bereavement support – online training for professionals hosted by Leeds Bereavement Forum and sponsored by Full Circle Funerals
Thursday 3rd December 2020 7.30pm – 8.30pm
Swan Song Project singing group hosts an online, free space to breath, relax and sing from the comfort of your own living room. This is a weekly group and everyone is welcome.
Saturday 5th December 2020 11am – midday
Another live, interactive webinar to create a Christmas memory bauble
If you have any questions, or would like some more information then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Join us for a live, art and craft group to create your own memory bauble
Memory baubles are easy to make and a lovely way to remember someone at Christmas. They can be placed on the tree, or somewhere else that is special to you.
Jodie is hosting two free, live and interactive art and craft sessions at 11am on Wednesday 2nd December and 11am on Saturday 5th December 2020 to guide you through the process to make your own bauble. Please email [email protected] if you would like to attend. Lucy will let you know what you need, where to get it and she will send you the details you need to join the webinar.
Everyone is welcome and you might want to bring a cup of tea and a mince pie!
Children and grief
The next webinar in our free 2020 educational webinar series is by guest speaker Shirley Potts from Child Bereavement UK.
Shirley will share with us how children experience bereavement and how we might look to support children and young people after bereavement. Shirley kindly came to speak to the Full Circle team at one of our monthly team meetings and her presentation really is very informative, enlightening and helpful.
The webinar is hosted on zoom and the link to join us can be found at https://fullcirclefunerals.co.
Carbon offsetting tree planting being recognised
We are absolutely thrilled to be noticing that our partnership with Make It Wild is getting the attention of the press!
Has your local paper covered our carbon offsetting tree planting mission? Let us know: [email protected]
Our blog is now live!
We are very excited to announce that our brand new blog is now live!
A lot of thought and time has been put into this effort by lots of members of the team! We hope to use the blog as a way of bringing you content that may otherwise not have a place on our website, and we are very excited about doing so. You can expect guest bloggers, a whole host of lists and topical commentary.
We are hiring!
We’re looking for a Funeral Facilitator/Director to join our new service just opened in Halifax. The role is full time with a share of an on-call rota.
If you would like to apply or would just like additional information please email Lucy at [email protected] and you will be sent an application form.
Ruth on the radio for Bradford Bereavement Support
Bradford Bereavement Support want everyone that may need then to know that they are still open and taking referrals and clients. Here is a short message from them:
The whole team (office, volunteer counsellors, supervisors and trustee board) have made the adaptations to work from home, offer telephone and video conferencing counselling. Whilst we can’t offer face-to-face counselling at the moment, we are still very much open and want the let the residents of Bradford know that all they need to do is ring our number and they will be offered an assessment and then following that 12 week free bereavement and grief counselling.
Bradford Bereavement support can be contacted via this short online form, or via the telephone number 07946 131940.
We’re delighted that we have a new member of staff join us in a brand new role. Helen will be working at our Head Office with Sarah, Jade and Lucy as our Business Administration apprentice.
We are thrilled that she is with us and we think she fits in wonderfully. Welcome, Helen!
Making Pebble Memory Jars
This video shows you how to make a pebble memory jar and you will also find some written instructions on the Continuing Bonds page on our website.
Pebble decorating has become really popular over the last few years and during lock down so this is something that many children will already feel very familiar with.
You can access this video via our YouTube channel.
Team Full Circle welcomes two new funeral directors
They have both wanted to be funeral directors for quite some time and bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to their new roles. To find our more about them, please pop over to the Funeral Director Halifax and Funeral Director Harrogate pages on our website.
Full Circle Funerals opens new service in Halifax
We are delighted to announce that our new service in Halifax opened on Monday 15th June 2020. We are so grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make it happen, despite lock-down and the unusual times we find ourselves in!
We are looking forward to working together with businesses and charities across the Calder Valley to deliver the best possible funeral care. Please get in touch, or have a look at our Halifax page if you would like to know more.
Full Circle lock-down charity quiz series
We are so very aware of the invaluable services that hospices provide to their communities. Lock-down has been a particularly challenging time for all charities and we are very keen to support our local hospices in any way we can.
Quiz-master Dave has set up a series of five Facebook Live quizzes and we are encouraging people to take part at 11am every Thursday – all you need to do is to make a small donation to the hospice of that week.
Bereavement Support Group moves online
To support people to socially distance and stay safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, we have moved our monthly bereavement support group online.
It will still take place on the first Wednesday of every month and everyone is welcome, whether you have used our services or not. For more information take a look at our Bereavement Support Group page or keep an eye on our Facebook page.
Full Circle on Look North
Sarah from Full Circle was interviewed on Look North to share the funeral choices that are available to people during the pandemic. It was great to have the opportunity to share what is possible in the hope that it will help people.
Later she was also interviewed for a feature about funerals in the Yorkshire Post.
Good Grief Guiseley is cancelled
Due to everything going on at the minute the Good Grief Guiseley event which was due to take place on 20th March has been cancelled. The normal schedule will (hopefully) return soon.
In the meantime, everyone stay safe and protect those that are more vulnerable.
From team FC xx
Andrew has been in the news!
Award winner in the paper
Andrew recently won an industry award for being ‘The Most Promising Trainee’ funeral director. Andrew has just finished his traineeship with us and has become an invaluable member of the team.
Well done, Andrew!
Harrogate is now open
We had such a wonderful time at our open day on Friday. It was good to be able to meet so many of you – thank you for coming to meet us!
You are all welcome to pop in for a coffee if you weren’t able to make the open day (or if you did but wanted to come back!). We are always happy to show people around and answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Full Circle News Update: Sarah recently had the opportunity of being able to pass on the proceeds from her book Funerals Your Way: A Person Centred Approach to Planning a Funeral to three charities.
You can read about this in the Telegraph and Argus.
We always feel so privileged when any of our efforts help others.
Funerals Your Way is still available to purchase from Amazon – you can find the book and reviews here.
Planting trees in Nidderdale
We’re in the Yorkshire Evening Post!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Full Circle News Update: We had a fantastic time yesterday at the Guiseley Christmas Lights switch on. It was wonderful seeing so many familiar faces and feeling a real part of the community.
Full Circle Funerals are finalists at the Good Funeral Awards 2019
Full Circle News Update: We are pleased to announce that our research report, Funeral experts by experience: what matters to them, is now publicly available. It can be accessed via our research page. The findings are relevant to us all – members of the public, funeral care professionals, health and social care professions and academics.
Full Circle is hiring 2 new Funeral Directors
Full Circle News Update: We are delighted to announce that we are opening a new Full Circle service and are looking for new people to join our small but happy team!
Our job is a complete privilege and it has been so humbling to find that many families we support have found our approach helpful.
We are looking for two new funeral facilitators / directors – one will be based in Harrogate and one in Guiseley. Previous experience in health, social or pastoral is desirable but applicants do not need to have worked within funeral-care directly.
Mail Online article: Funerals Your Way.
Full Circle News Update: Following on from an article in the Express Magazine, the Mail Online featured an article about Sarah’s book, Funerals Your Way – a person-centred approach to planning a funeral. Describing Sarah’s journey from Surgeon to Funeral Director as a ‘lightbulb moment’ the article focuses on why Sarah started Full Circle Funerals and our ethos around funeral planning. Click on the Read More button to see the article in full.
Proud to sponsor the Guiseley Summer fair deckchair !
Full Circle News Update: This weekend saw the annual Guiseley Street Summer Fair to raise funds for the Guiseley Christmas Lights. Thank-you to the organisers for a fantastic event and for asking us to sponsor the deckchair. We hope everyone had lots of fun having their photo taken !!
Help The Hospice raises £2,306 for Sue Ryder, Manorlands.
Full Circle News Update: A massive thank-you to our friends at CrossFit, Skipton who worked with Dave and Aireborough Rotary to raise this amazing sum of money in their first ever Help the Hospice competition in April. It was an amazing event, which they hope to run again next year and at other CrossFit gyms in the area, thereby supporting other local hospices. Well done Dave and the team !!!
A Spring Night to Remember – Remembrance service, 17th May 7pm.
Full Circle News Update: We warmly invite you to our Remembrance service which we are holding on Friday 17th May at 7pm. The evening is one of remembrance with the opportunity for everyone to participate, from a flower exchange, bringing a photograph for the memory board or by sharing a poem. The service will be followed by refreshments and a chance to catch up with old friends and new. For more details, please click here
Dementia information workshop, Otley, 1st May 2019.
Full Circle News Update: You are warmly invited to a dementia information roadshow afternoon being held on 1st May at The Courthouse in Otley, 1-4pm. It is being hosted by Leeds City Council and it will be an opportunity to hear from and speak to people with experience of living with dementia, health professionals and other service providers local to this area. We’ll be there to offer any support as a Dementia Friend and as a local business that is working towards being Dementia Friendly. Come along a say hello. To read more about the event click here
Sarah’s book, Funerals Your Way, in The Sunday Express magazine.
Full Circle News Update: This week saw an article by Sarah published in The Sunday Express ‘S’ magazine. In the article she talks about some of the themes in her book, Funerals Your Way, which she as written in the hope that it will give people a starting point of what is possible when planning a funeral. To view the article, please click here.
Project to support older gentlemen with bereavement and grief.
Full Circle News Update: We are delighted to announce that we have a partnered with the Leeds based story telling coaching charity called Lippy People on a project which aims to lift the lid on the silence that there seems to be around talking about dying, death and loss. As part of the Life, Learning, Loss and Legacy project we are looking for gentlemen over the age of 60 who might be interested in taking part. Click on the Read More button to watch a short video about the project. Contact Ruth on 01943 262626 or [email protected] to find out more.
A warm invitation to attend the opening of our new Bramley service.
Full Circle News Update: After a year of planning, renovations and preparations, we are excited to announce that our new service at The Globe is opening on Thursday 7th March, with an open afternoon from 2-6pm. Dave and Kerry will be there to welcome you and show you around with the coffee and cake on hand. We hope you can make it or can call in another time. Click on the ‘Read More’ button to learn more about The Globe and Full Circle Funerals.
Donations for Otley food bank.
Full Circle News Update: Thank-you to everyone who kindly brought items into us for the the Otley food bank. Jade and Ruth were delighted to be able to take all the donations down to The Bridge Church in Otley last week, where the church team will distribute the food where there is greatest need. Thank-you from all of us !
AVSED fundraising evening.
Full Circle News Update: Our lovely friends at AVSED are having a fundraising evening on Tuesday 5th February at 7pm at Deeva’s in Farsley. £15 per ticket for an Indian buffet, a raffle and games, with proceeds going to AVSED. We hope you can join them and help them to raise funds to support the excellent service they provide in our community. For tickets, contact AVSED on 0113 2501702 or email [email protected]
A warm welcome to Andrew !
Full Circle News Update: We are absolutely delighted to welcome Andrew to the team. Andrew brings with him a wealth of experience not only from work experience as a funeral director as a young lad in the North East but also as a Methodist Minister, where supporting bereaved families to create funeral services that were truly reflective of the person who has died was an important aspect of his work. You can read more about Andrew by clicking on the ‘Read more’ button.
Customer Service Award nomination.
Full Circle News Update: A huge thank-you to the lovely people who have nominated us for a Yorkshire Choice Award in the Customer Service category. Last year we were delighted to be finalists in our category. Could we win this year? With your help, we might just! Being entered for such an award hopefully gives people confidence to know that making funeral choices is available at the time of need and maybe just helps with having the conversation.
It is all down to the votes and voting is easy using the link on the Read More button. You can find us in the Customer Service category. The results are announced in April and we will keep you posted!
Twiddlemuffs for people living with dementia.
Full Circle News Update: Kerry would love to hear from you if you can help us with the making of Twiddlemuffs or if you are an organisation that would like to receive some Twiddlemuffs! People with dementia often have restless hands and like to have something to keep their hands occupied. It provides a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and at the same time keeping hands snug and warm. These were made for us by two local ladies and we have been able to pass them onto residents of Ghyll Royd and Primrose Court care homes. We would love to be able to coordinate the making and passing on of more. Please contact Kerry on 01943 262626 or [email protected]
Memory bears made by local business.
Full Circle News Update: This beautiful bear has been given to us by ‘Handmade By The Haytons’, a local family business who make memory bears or cushions from clothes of a loved one. We think they are beautiful and a wonderful way to remember someone special to us and are only £15. This little chap also has little pockets for keeping important treasures. Get in touch to find out more. Thank-you to Suzanne and Kerry for bringing him in to our Guiseley service.
Help the Hospice with Crossfit Skipton.
Full Circle News Update: In conjunction with Aireborough Rotary, Dave has been busy putting together the first ever ‘Help the Hospice’ functional fitness fundraising competition. Crossfit Skipton have kindly agreed to lend their space and equipment for the day, with all profits being donated to Manorlands Hospice. The competition will be on Saturday the 13th of April 2019, and is now completely sold out.
To find out more about the wonderful work that Manorlands do throughout the local community, please go to the link below.
Or, if you just want to find out a bit more information on the awesomeness that is Crossfit Skipton click on this link.
OR……if you would like to find out more about the patrons of the event Aireborough Rotary click on the following link.
Whitaker Firth host Grave Talk cafe – 22nd October, 10am
Full Circle News Update: Guiseley solicitors, Whitaker Firth are hosting a Grave Talk cafe on Monday 22nd October at 10 am at their offices on Springfield Court, Guiseley, LS20 8FD. Grave Talk was launched by The Church of England as a cafe space to have those big conversations around dying, death and funerals in a supported, safe space. Father David Pickett (St.Oswalds church), Ruth Owen (Full Circle) and Alex Wright (Whitaker Firth) will be there to help answer any questions you may have. For further information call 01943 262626
A very warm welcome to Kerry !
Full Circle News Update: Kerry has joined our Full Circle team and we couldn’t be happier. Kerry has previously worked in the NHS as an Occupational Therapist specialising in Palliative Care and is training to become an End of Life Doula. We are all looking forward to having her in the team. Click on the Read More button to find out more about Kerry.
Full Circle now offer SAIF Care
Full Circle News Update: SAIF Care offers a range of services to bereaved people over the age of 18, including telephone support, email support and up to six free sessions of supportive counselling
Bereavement Support Group.
Full Circle News Update: We understand that sometimes it can be helpful to know that there is a safe space to come to where it is okay to talk about our grief, to listen and be listened to or to just be ourselves. Our support group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Full Circle, 114 Otley Road. Everyone is welcome. For more details contact Ruth on 01943 262626 or email [email protected]
Renovations are well under way at The Globe, Bramley!
Full Circle News Update: 2019 will see our second service open as the renovations at The Globe in Bramley are well and truly underway and the new premises are taking shape. We are very much looking forward to being part of the local community. We will keep you posted with the developments !!
Full Circle have been nominated for a Good Funeral Award.
Full Circle News Update: We are feeling so thankful ! We have been nominated again for a Good Funeral Award. This year we have been nominated for Funeral Director of the Year. The awards are just part of a weekend of lectures and exhibitions at the Ideal Death Show, to be held in Bournemouth in September. Sarah and Ruth are delighted to be able to attend and we’ll let you know how we get on !
Full Circle are delighted to be supporting the Leeds Community Foundation.
Full Circle News Update: We have recently joined the Leeds Community Foundation 100 Club. The Foundation works with charities and community projects across the city to change the lives of local people. They do this by supporting those organisations with distributing grants, sharing advice, offering support and galvanising local businesses to give something back to the community. Click on the ‘Read more’ button to find out more.
How much do funerals really matter? Research project gets underway.
Full Circle News Update: There are studies and research papers around bereavement and grief but there is very little that relates to the funeral and what constitutes a “good” funeral. Full Circle is delighted to announce that they are carrying out research into this very topic and are looking for participants to take part. Click on the ‘Read more’ button to find out more.
Guiseley Summer Street Party
Full Circle News Update: These beautiful ladies were out and about at the Summer Street Party supporting the Guiseley Lions raise money towards the Christmas Lights. The sun was shining and there was lots of fun to be had. Well done to the organisers for another fantastic event !
Aireborough and Wharfedale Dying Matters Partnership
Full Circle News Update: Thank you to the Ilkley Gazette for their support of Dying Matters week, with their article highlighting all the free events in the local area. Click on the ‘Read More’ button to see the article.
Dying Matters Week 2018
Full Circle News Update: Monday 14th May sees the start of Dying Matters week and there will be a number of free events in the Aireborough and Wharfedale area, with the hope to help people feel more able to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. From Monday to Thursday there are number of different events in Guiseley and Ilkley, and an opportunity to talk to different professionals in a safe space. Please phone 01943 262626 or email [email protected] We would love to see you there.
Yorkshire Choice Award Finalists !
Full Circle News Update: Friday 13th April saw Jade and Ruth put on their posh frocks and represent Full Circle at the awards ceremony and dinner at Elland Road. Now in it’s third year, the Yorkshire Choice Awards celebrates achievement in Yorkshire – businesses and individuals, whilst raising money for a chosen charity. This year it is St. Gemma’s Hospice. It was a brilliant evening and congratulations to all involved in the organisation. We couldn’t believe our ears when the first finalist called was us !!! 435,000 votes cast across all the categories, 74 businesses in the Independent Business of the Year award and your votes meant that we came in the top 4 !!! On behalf of us all, thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t be more delighted !
Thrilled to be nominated for a Yorkshire Choice Award
Full Circle News Update: We were absolutely delighted to hear that we have been nominated for ‘Independent Business of the Year’ at the 2018 Yorkshire Choice Awards. The awards are on Friday 13th April and we are keeping everything crossed that we will have got enough votes to be in the running. To have been nominated is a fabulous testament to our belief that choice is possible and it can be important. If you would like to vote for us, please go to www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/votehere and select us from the ‘Independent Business’ category. Closing date is 16th March 2018. Thank-you for all your support !
Full Circle launch a campaign with a difference.
Full Circle News Update: February saw the launch of a year long campaign to encourage people, where possible, to ‘enjoy the moment. Celebrating ‘Send a friend a card’ day and ‘Random acts of kindness day’, read more about the reasons for the campaign.
What would you like to ask a funeral director?
Full Circle News Update: Beth Parsons from Stray FM’s Health and Well Being Show came to meet Sarah Jones to have a look around and answer some questions. You can listen to her interview here.
Full Circle win at Good Funeral Awards.
Full Circle News Update: We were absolutely delighted to win “Best modern funeral director” at the national Good Funeral Awards 2017. The judges base their decision on feedback from families and professionals so winning this awards has meant a great deal to us.
Burying Taboos around death
Full Circle News Update: Full Circle were featured in the Lifestyle section of the Yorkshire Post newspaper on Wednesday 6th September 2017. We are really grateful to the Yorkshire Post for such balanced and funeral-positive reporting.
We are proud to become a Dementia Friends business.
Full Circle News Update: We are delighted to have been accepted as members of The Yorkshire and Humber Dementia Alliance. As part of that our team have attended Dementia Friends Training sessions and earnt our ‘Forget-me-Not badges. For more information about how you can support the Alliance, click on the following link.
Full Circle has an editorial published in Leeds West CCG magazine
Full Circle News Update: Our ‘6 questions to ask a funeral director’ have been published in Engage magazine, a quarterly magazine that goes to all Leeds GP surgeries
Engage magazine July 2017
Dying Matters – time to say goodbye, how to have a good funeral
Full Circle News Update: As Dying Matters week (8 May to 12 May) approaches we are encouraged to consider what we can do: for ourselves, our family, our friends and our community.
Better Lives Leeds May 2017
Dying Matters Event proves successful in Ilkley
Full Circle News Update: An event to tackle the taboo around death proved a success when it took place at Ilkley’s Clarke Foley Centre.
Telegraph and Argus May 2017
Local Businesses Join Forces To Host Events For Dying Matters Awareness Week
Full Circle News Update: A group of leading West Yorkshire based businesses and organisations have joined forces to create a week-long series of free events as part of a national campaign to encourage people to plan for and talk more openly about death.
Business Up North May 2017
Sarah talks to Stray FM for Dying Matters week
Full Circle News Update: Just arrived for my radio debut with StrayFM to talk about Dying Matters Week and funeral choices….. nervous!
National accolade for new Guiseley funeral service.
Full Circle News Update: A funeral service which was set up by a former doctor less than a year ago has been named as one of the best in the country.
Ilkley Gazette April 2017
Guiseley funeral firm aquires eco-friendly hearse.
Full Circle News Update: Guiseley based Full Circle Funerals has become the first funeral service outside London to acquire a state-of-the-art electric hearse.
Business Link January 2017
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