Our Funeral Directors

Michael Lawrence

I own Abacus Funeral Service, and the idea came from the fact that many people want more from a funeral these days. Almost 40 years ago I conducted my first funeral. Things were very different then, nearly every funeral was in church. Then we moved to the crematorium nearly all the time, and to be honest funerals became very similar.

Now we are seeing people who want to do something different, and I want to support families as they try to find the most fitting way of celebrating the life of their loved one.

What a misery I look. But the sun was shining in my face at the time. I like the sun, don’t get me wrong.

This was at Medway Crematorioum during the first part of their rebuilding works. Its getting better every day now. New planting too. Anyway me. I’ve been arranging and conducting funerals since I was 19. The first burial I carried out on my own, was for a Mrs Woolven at Maidstone Cemetery. I still see the grave now when I go. I was only allowed to wash the wheels of the hearse for pocket money when I started all those years ago. My mother and step father were funeral directors in Maidstone, and his father before him, etc In a couple of years it will be 40 years experience for me, and I’m still learning new things all the time. I have to say that the staff do all the work, and they look after me so well. I’m a very lucky man to have such a great team working with me. Right you lot, back to work!