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Arranging a Funeral

A funeral is made up of two distinct parts, firstly the recognition of the life that has been lived and secondly the committal of your loved one’s physical remains.

The farewell ceremony is the crucial first step in the bereavement journey for the family and friends left behind.

This acknowledgement of loss in the company of family and friends meets a deep human need and a ceremony, whether formal or not, gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support.

It makes the single, biggest difference to a family’s ability to find peace

The Farewell Ceremony

Many families find comfort in the traditional rituals of a church service and others want to express their beliefs in a place that has special meaning to them.
Whichever you choose we will help you add personal details and touches that make the difference.

The starting point is always the Life Story of this unique individual

As you begin to tell us about your loved one our experienced staff will guide you towards the ceremony content, practical details, location and music choices that truthfully reflect the person you knew.

There are no rules to follow, you will instinctively know when a suggestion feels “right”


Dignified choices, individual care, loving farewells

Many people are quite clear about whether they would prefer burial or cremation, but it can be difficult for some families, especially if the wishes of the deceased are unknown.

Whichever you choose you can be assured that Powell & Family will give each person individual attention and care.

It is our privilege to help you create a loving and dignified farewell ceremony

Whether you choose burial or cremation you can choose a ceremony location, style and content that truly reflects the life that has been lived.

Our great experience allows us to begin by asking our families what is meaningful to them. Some find comfort in established traditions and rituals, others want to create something very personal or contemporary.

Powell & Family are proud to offer a Memorial Design Service to ensure each family finds the perfect way to commemorate and celebrate the life that has been lived, whether you have chosen burial or cremation.

Examples of cemetery memorials can be found in our Lasting Comfort section along with a vast selection of beautiful items for home, garden and personal remembrance.

To book a free, no-obligation Memorial Consultation simply call our head office on 01274 567110, or email us here.

Visitors tell us that they are amazed and touched by the diversity of our range of keepsakes, items that very few have seen before but, once chosen, become an important source of comfort.

We sincerely hope that you find what you are looking for.

About Melia Powell & Family Funeral Directors

We offer affordable excellence. That means we will really listen to your needs, advise and guide you, and provide you with the very best funeral care you need at a family affordable price.

We are a Christian family yet celebrate diversity and are very experienced at celebrating the life of someone irrespective of any or no religious beliefs.

Finally, whatever service or style of funeral is right for you, we guarante to make it perfect for you on the day. Nothing is too much trouble and we will carry you through all your difficult times.

Testimonials & Reviews

(see all of our latest testimonials here)

Dear Brian,

Just a quick email to congratulate you and your team, for what I perceived to be a thoroughly professional and well executed funeral yesterday - it was exceptionally well organised, there was real care and commitment evident, and you were all a pleasure to work with!

Many thanks and well done... You are all welcome back anytime.


Garry H

Revd Garry AF Hinchcliffe
Team Rector of Knaresborough & AsstDDO

Our Offices

Head Office

Melia House, Bradford Road
Sandbeds, Keighley, BD20 5LY
Telephone 01274 567110

Keighley Office

111-115 Cavendish Street
Keighley (town centre), BD21 3DG
Telephone 01535 280402

Bradford Office

25-27 Westgate,
Bradford, BD1 2QL
Telephone 01274 567110

Crematoria We Serve

Yorkshire & Lancashire

* A surcharge may apply since these councils charge a higher fee