• 7 years 23 weeks ago

    Today, 15th April 2014 is the 102nd anniversary of the greatest maritime disaster ever seen. Not a soul would be unaware of this tragedy, and many take an active interest in what happened that night. I fell into the former category until recently when a family approached our QR Memories organisation, and asked us to provide a code for a grave in Southampton, remembering Henry Witt, a fireman on the fated ship. His body was never recovered, but now there is a way to remember him.

  • 7 years 23 weeks ago

    I wanted to make a brief comment as we arrive at the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy. 25 years ago, I was 16 years old and had one eye on the start of the game. I recall Grandstand cutting to John Motson who was beginning to describe the dreadful events which were unfolding. In the moment, no one could have began to imagine how many would lose their lives that day.

  • 7 years 41 weeks ago

    The recent commemoration of John F. Kennedy's assassination and the many interviews with 'normal' people (whatever that is) reminded me how we can never know what our day will bring. I am sure for all those involved following Kennedy's assassination, that day started as normally as any other. Little did they know that in a brief moment, they would become part of history. The agent who was seen climbing on the car as it sped away, the doctors who fought to save the slain President, the team who performed the autopsy and so on, all normal people, now part of history.

  • 7 years 41 weeks ago


    It’s a question that gets a lot of media attention and with a Sun Life Direct report published last year stating that the average cost of funerals in the UK is now £3,456.00, it’s a question people understandably want a definitive answer to.

    Unless the funeral has been paid for in advance or sufficient funds are available, families may be forced to consider the financial implications of organising the service after someone close to them has died, causing additional stress at an already difficult time.

  • 7 years 43 weeks ago

    As we remember John F. Kennedy around the 50th Anniversary of his assassination, I found this quote from his son, John Kennedy Junior about the death of his mother, Jackie. What a beautiful description of her death, and how well it fits into the ethos of Chester Pearce Funeral Service. He said;
    "My mother died surrounded by her friends and her family and her books and the people and the things that she loved. She did it in her own way, and on her own terms, and we all feel lucky for that."

  • 7 years 44 weeks ago

    A big thank you to the staff and students at Anglia Ruskin University for inviting me to speak to them about Repatriation following a multiple fatality. It was a real pleasure to spend a few hours with the students and I hope they found it useful. Best of luck to all with the rest of the course.

  • 7 years 46 weeks ago

    Chester Pearce has the privilege of working closely with the military when they call upon us to assist with one of their fallen comrades.

    It is during this period of the year that our thoughts naturally turn to the many service personnel and their families that we have helped at the most devastating of times. Please wear your poppy with pride and take a moment on Monday at 11am to stop what you are doing, and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We will remember them.

  • 7 years 47 weeks ago

    Lewis-Manning Hospice’s 7th annual conference ‘The End of Life, Death into Dying’, which took place at Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth on Thursday, was hailed a resounding success by attendees who came from across Dorset and Hampshire.

    Sponsored by Chester Pearce Associates Funeral and Bereavement Service, the conference focused on those who care for patients in care homes, hospitals and hospices. The event featured a number of distinguished guest speakers including top US disaster psychologist Dr Grady Bray, who flew in from America to deliver a talk on ‘Hospice Strain’.

  • 8 years 2 weeks ago

    Today saw the arrival of Hazel Pittwood. Hazel is a funeral director with considerable experience and she will be a real asset to the company.

    It is Hazel's remit to continue our work with local care homes, hospices and nursing homes, and to build solid relationships with them. This in turn will mean they will feel more comfortable with the unique service we offer, and will know that they can pass people from their care into our care.

  • 8 years 8 weeks ago

    We are pleased to be able to offer memorial insurance through Stoneguard Insurance. With very reasonable fees for five year's cover and a very straight forward response to claims they are the market leader in memorial insurance.

    For further information or to arrange cover, please contact us on
    01202 612 110