Already providing bespoke funerals across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire honouring those that have served the country in one way or another, the fifth-generation family business is proud to now offer a dedicated service that provides more options than any other funeral director in the country.
The new services involves A.W. Lymn discussing with families what their requirements for a funeral are, and having direct ties with the Royal British Legion. The company can organise for a Guard of Honour to attend the funeral of loved one who has died in service, arrange regimental drapes for coffins, poppy wreaths can be made by the in-house floristry team, service vehicles can attend the funeral, and the forces minister padre can conduct or attend the funeral.
In April 2022, Matthew Lymn Rose signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of A.W. Lymn, which means the business will do all it can to support those who have left the armed forces and are looking for a new profession. The company is also in partnership with Veterans Bereavement Support, and prides itself on the number of ex-personnel that work within the team, making the 120 plus strong team experts in providing support for military and veteran personnel.
Data released by the Office of National Statistics from the 2021 Census, explained that in 2021, 1,853,112 people in England and Wales reported that they had previously served in the UK armed forces (3.8% of usual residents aged 16 and over). Of the UK armed forces veterans in England and Wales, 76.3% previously served in the regular forces, and 19.5% in the reserve forces.
Neil Reeves, Funeral Director in the A.W. Lymn Derby branch who previously served in the forces himself, has arranged and managed most military and veteran funerals so far and explains: “It’s incredible to be able to support another community here at A.W. Lymn. We cater for everyone, but we understand the importance of understanding the background of the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, NHS workers, firefighters, police, and other incredible people who serve our country.
“Our new bespoke service means that across the board, we can offer help for everyone who has served our country and honour their lives in the most respectful and fitting way possible.”
These new services are not only for military families, but veterans, police, fire, and ambulance crews. Neil and the whole team at A.W. Lymn can arrange for all service members’ families, to have such unique funerals carried out with the utmost respect, dignity and care.
Neil has managed, guided, and advised families from start to finish, which all the team at A.W. Lymn, and the families he has helped, are incredibly grateful for.
A.W. Lymn is a fifth-generation family business, headquartered in Sneinton, Nottingham and has been helping the bereaved in the region for more than 115 years, with quality of service and value for money at the heart of its ethos. It employs over 120 staff and operates 27 funeral homes across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.