Support for Funerals

Here are some organisations and funeral directors who can help support with planning a funeral, whether traditional or non traditional; and offer support with funeral poverty, where the price of a funeral is beyond a person’s ability to pay.

Coffin Club Colchester

Coffin Club Colchester (CCC) helps people to reclaim a participatory relationship with death.  We run free 6-week courses, open to all, in the Spring (culminates in ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’) and Autumn (culminates in Mexican Day of the Dead) helping people to understand their choices/options for low-cost funeral planning. 

We are the first Coffin Club in Essex! Following training by ‘Down to Earth’ who run the only funeral poverty helpline in the UK, CCC are able to offer 1:1 (non-financial) support to individuals/families struggling to pay for a loved one’s funeral with the sole purpose of avoidance of funeral poverty.

Coffin Club Colchester is able to support and advise individuals or families considering a family-run or DIY funeral service for their loved one.  We can provide low carbon footprint/eco-friendly (flat packed) coffins for decorating and can liaise with our trusted funeral providers for any bespoke services e.g. storage, transport etc.

Coffin Club Colchester is for the elderly, terminally ill and their carer’s or anyone interested in working through their funeral wish-list and/or assembling/personalising their own coffin (optional)

We can provide 1:1 (non-financial) support to individuals struggling to pay for a loved one’s funeral who are in or at risk of funeral poverty.

Phone: 07840 117242

Email: [email protected]


LIBITINA is a cross between a Coffin Club, a Death Cafe and a Bereavement group – funded by charities Colchester Catalyst and Independent Age, we aim to open up the ‘taboo’ subject of death, dying, bereavement and end of life planning through conversation whilst making something creative. 

One of our main aims is to alleviate funeral poverty. Our FREE events include a creative project, a whistle stop tour of options available for a personalised funeral and a Q & A session with a lawyer who specialises in End-of-Life Admin. so come armed with your questions and we’ll give you the answers!

Having completed ‘After the Last Breath’ training run by charity ‘Pushing up the Daisies’, we’re able to support bereaved families to care for their loved one at home until they’re ready to release them into the care of a funeral provider or take them to their Celebration of Life service/burial.

Whether you are the carer/partner/family member of a terminally ill loved one, have experienced recent loss or are still navigating the grieving process, our LIBITINA events offer a supportive environment where questions around personalised funerals, End-of-Life Admin. and bereavement support organisations can be answered whilst creating a memory or legacy.

Phone: 07582 144632

Email: [email protected]

Harwich & Dovercourt Independent Funeral Service

We have built a reputation for the quality and dignity with which we carry out our funeral services. We pride ourselves on the meticulous and personal attention given to every detail, from the moment of first contact with you. We are able to provide assistance with a wide range of unique and bespoke funeral services, which can incorporate cremations, woodland burials, memorial stones, repatriation, prepaid funeral plans, memorial jewellery and more.

Our dedicated team are here to help you through the entire process.  We are always available to speak with; via telephone 24 hours a day, at our offices, or in the privacy of your own home.

Phone: 01255 553398

Email: [email protected]

The Hunnaball Family Funeral Group

The name Hunnaball has been synonymous with funerals in Essex and Suffolk for many years, as we have helped thousands of people say goodbye to their loved ones in the best possible way. Equally loved are our other names of JK May of West Mersea, Geo Paskell of Manningtree and Janet C Davies of Braintree and Kelvedon, all valued members of the Hunnaball Group.

A family-owned business, we’ve built up a fantastic reputation across the region, becoming renowned for our professionalism and compassion. We have a wealth of experience in planning funerals, ensuring that we can assist with every aspect of the process. From helping with all the practical arrangements that need to be made, to pointing you in the direction of bereavement resources, we can provide the support you need at each stage.

Our friendly team are available right now to arrange funerals in Suffolk and Essex, so don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Phone: 01206 760049

Email: [email protected]

Co-op Funeralcare

If you need to arrange a funeral, we’ll listen to you to help create a send-off most fitting for the person who has died. Whether that’s a simpler funeral or something more unique, we’ll do our best to make it happen.