Paul Yarwood spent many years working as a broker in the City, leaving in 2014 to pursue his ambition of creating a more caring and financially transparent funeral service.
When his beloved mum Mary died, the family struggled to decide what should happen with her ashes and so trusted a funeral director to take care of them. But, Mr Yarwood was horrified to discover her remains had been stored in a cupboard among dozens of others.
It was then he and wife Cheryl – married for 21 years – decided to help other families by offering a new kind of service.
Secure Haven was created as a bespoke storage system for the cremated remains of loved ones, enabling families to come to the right decision about how to put them to rest in their own time.
The couple also scoured the world to source their own range of post cremation products and memorial keepsakes, giving families real choice over the future of their loved one’s ashes.
The natural next step was to set up a fully independent funeral directorship, along with experienced funeral director Kate Brew.
Paul said: “I am both proud and honoured to be able to help and support families at their time of grief, giving them the opportunity to put together the most appropriate funeral possible for their loved ones.
“By taking away the worry of cost at this most difficult time and arranging the funeral in a tranquil setting away from the high street, I truly believe we are making the difference.”