“Change”

The world is an interesting place right now.  Politics seems to dominate the press and media and probably with good reason as the UK considers the effects of leaving the EU and the United States of America appoints Mr. Donald Trump as its next President.  Whether these changes (and others like them) are something you are in favour of or not is up to you and I defend your right to have an opinion.  Change however does bring about great turmoil and as any Funeral Director will tell you the changes caused within a family or group of friends can be tremendous when a member passes away.  I have today met with a family who feel the hurt of the loss of a dearly husband and father immensely; I knew the gentleman in question and he was just that; a gentleman!  So the change brought about by the loss of this dear man affects us all including Funeral Directors!  How we handle that change will depend upon so much.  So whilst today the focus of our attention may drift to world events I hope that you’ll spare a thought too for those closer to home affected by change brought about by bereavement.

Derek

£1300 raised for Charity!

Thank you to everyone who has donated either at our annual Tree of Light Service or when they have called in to one of our offices in the lead up to Christmas.  Our chosen charities this year are The Salvation Army and St. Mary’s Hospice.

Dad can be seen above at the Droitwich Corps of The Salvation Army where he attended Sunday nights Carol Service to present the Bandmaster Brian with a cheque for £650.00!

A cheque for the same amount for St. Mary’s Hospice will be delivered to them on Wednesday!

There is still time to write a star to be placed on our Tree of Light and you may do this by clicking the link below

https://mortonsfunerals.co.uk/tree-light-star-request/

Sarah

Derek on Radio WM – Sunday 10th December, 2016

“Thought for the day”

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas.  The birth of our Saviour is a joy to behold and like many of you I am in awe of the Christmas message of faith, hope and love.  I’m a real sucker for the lights, the music and the sheer pleasure that it all brings as well.  I really enjoy Christmas shopping and for me this is never better than when I can hear a Salvation Army Band playing Carols and I’m sipping a glass of mulled wine along with cheerful family and friends. Temper all of that with the news that Strictly (albeit without Ed Balls) has a Christmas Special and frankly I’m made up!

Whilst looking for some inspiration for today’s “Thought” I considered the plight of the Giraffe which is striding towards extinction, saluted the achievements of Astronaut John Glen and applauded an American shopping mall for hiring an African American Santa Claus and I guess I could have created a story out of any one of them.  However, I was drawn to some facts which humbled me and I hope will give you a sense of perspective this Christmas.

  • If you have food in the fridge, clothes on your back and a place to call home then you’re richer than 75% of the world’s population
  • If you have money in the bank, cash in your wallet and spare change in a dish you’re in the top 8% of the world’s wealthy
  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness you are more blessed than a million who will not survive this week
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation you are ahead of 500 million others who have
  • If you can attend a Religious meeting without the fear of harassment, arrest or death you are better off than three million in this world who can’t
  • If you can share this Christmas with someone you love you are blessed more than you will ever know

If, like me, you have all of these blessings then it may be worth thinking about those who don’t and what we can do to help them – what better time to do that than at Christmas.  My challenge today is to remember the hungry, the needy, the poor, the weak, the sick, the persecuted, the lonely & the frightened and my prayer is that in faith and hope one day misery and suffering WILL be words to be forgotten.  A very happy Christmas to you all.

Derek

Tree of Light Memorial Service 2016

In preparation for our annual “Tree of Light” Memorial Service this coming Sunday at 3pm, the Christmas tree is now in place at our premises in Northfield!

We have already received a high number of requests for messages to be written upon a star and the first of these were placed on to the tree this morning by Derek & Sarah.
If you’d like a star placed on to our tree in memory of a loved one, please call in to one of our offices at Northfield, Cotteridge or Rubery or call a member of the Mortons team on 0121 476 9111 and they’d be happy to write a star on your behalf.

Operation Christmas Child

Today we have delivered 19 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child to Longbridge Baptist Church.  As many of the Mortons team have young children this is a cause that is important to us, as it allows children in other countries to receive a gift where otherwise they may have gone without.  Most of these items are things which we and our children take for granted. Read more

Macmillan Coffee Morning

macmillan 2016Macmillan Coffee Morning – please come along and join us!

This coming Saturday, 24th September 2016, we will be holding our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Ivy Suite at our Northfield Office.

We had a great time last year and raised over £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support and we hope to beat that amount this year. Read more

40 years in Funeral Service

sarah-derek-1030x687Today marks 40 years in Funeral Service for my Dad! To say I’m proud of him is an understatement; he strives to offer the best possible support, advice and guidance to those we are privileged to serve, continually going above and beyond to meet families needs and requests.
40 years ago today, he was a 16 year old boy wanting to make a difference after losing his own Father & role model. Today, he has spent his career to date making a difference and continues to do so in our own family run Independent Funeral Directors. What’s more, he is the best role model I could have ever wished for – Congratulations Pops and thank you for all you do. Sarah x

Waseley to Wales

On 5th September Mortons Monday Club members were really pleased to welcome Simon Green and Rick Solly, teachers from Waseley Hills High School, to talk about their participation in the Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) scheme, and the fundraising walk that they undertook from ‘Waseley to Wales’ in the summer.

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What make us as qualified Funeral Directors different from the rest?

We are proud to be professionally qualified Funeral Directors, but have you ever wondered what makes a qualified Funeral Director different from the rest?  We have a regular column with HEM Life Newspaper and our topic for this month was “Why choose a qualified Funeral Director?”  you can read our article by clicking the following link (it may take a moment to load), it makes an interesting read!