Freedom Funerals

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Freedom Funerals's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Freedom Funerals is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

www.freedomfunerals.co.uk

THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
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Director Lee Jaschok next to the
Queen’s coach
Lee and the team with one
of their motorcycles
Freedom Funerals is an independent family-run funeral director
covering North Essex and Suffolk, established in 2004. After
seeing many people overcharged for funerals, Director Lee
Jaschok and his son, William, decided to make a stand against
a lack of transparency within the industry by providing funeral
services at affordable prices without compromising on quality
and professionalism. Lee tells
The Parliamentary Review
that
his calming manner and understanding demeanour also gave
him a platform to start helping his local community open up
about the subject of death – allowing him to support those who
experience grief, both now and into the future.
Funeral directors are traditionally not renowned for thinking outside the box,
but at Freedom Funerals we are happy to be challenging perceptions. As an
independent family-run business, looking after people at their lowest ebb is our
heartfelt vocation. The funeral industry remains stuck in its ways – many businesses
are run now as they were decades ago, and that’s why we’ve made it our goal to
revolutionise how funeral directors are viewed by the general public. We believe
that everyone should have the right to have a funeral of their choice, regardless of
their budget and how their life was led.
Choosing the funeral you want
Whatever direction a life takes, the final journey should reflect the loves and joys
experienced over the course of a lifetime. That’s why we’ve given people the
chance to share their wishes with us to make sure family and friends are relieved of
FACTS ABOUT
FREEDOM FUNERALS
»Director: Lee Jaschok
»Established in 2004
»Based in Colchester, Essex
»Services: Independent funeral
director
»Freedom Funerals also
employs Lee’s son, William
Freedom Funerals
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CIVIL SOCIETY
the stresses of designing a funeral – a
funeral that should be a celebration
of all the things their loved one spent
time doing. No desired service should
be out of reach, regardless of budget,
and we work to deliver the perfect
funeral at the best price.
By providing a special place to share
funeral wishes, we enable customers
to lighten the load of their passing
by arranging the finer details of their
service. We all want to be remembered
in a certain way, and we offer a
recordable way to discuss requirements
for the funeral without any strain on
family or friends.
We offer a huge range of options for
all areas of the service – when it comes
to transportation, for instance, we can
provide anything from campervans and
motorcycle with sidecars to a variety
of other specialist vehicles. There is no
service that we can’t provide to give
anyone the ultimate send-off.
Affordability and transparency
Not a month goes by without
the rising costs of funerals hitting
headlines; huge financial pressures are
piled on grieving families at the most
traumatic time possible. Increasing
costs have an effect on everyone, but
the lack of transparency within the
industry enables hidden costs to catch
out those who are more vulnerable.
Everyone should be able to afford the
funeral they want, and we have made
it our aim to keep costs down and help
everyone get exactly the service they
want without breaking the bank.
When someone close to you passes
away, most people think you need
to have an elaborate send-off with
all the bells and whistles; in reality,
however, you can pick and choose
when it comes to most of the usual
elements. Items that people consider
prerequisites, such as orders of service,
expensive vehicles and floral tributes,
are far from obligatory.
It’s for this reason that we also offer
advice on more affordable options,
like a green burial, which negate some
of the expenses associated with plot
charges and other costs. This honest
approach has earned the trust of
our clients and helped us to develop
longstanding relationships thereafter.
Lee next to the grave of
Victoria Cross recipient
Edmund Fowler. Lee
and his team undertook
the refurbishment of
Fowler’s grave as it was
in poor condition
Funeral directors
are traditionally
not renowned
for thinking
outside the box,
but at Freedom
Funerals we are
happy to be
challenging
perceptions
BEST PRACTICE REPRESENTATIVE 2019
THE PARLIAMENTARY REVIEW
Highlighting best practice
20 | FREEDOM FUNERALS
Director Lee Jaschok next to the
Queen’s coach
Lee and the team with one
of their motorcycles
Freedom Funerals is an independent family-run funeral director
covering North Essex and Suffolk, established in 2004. After
seeing many people overcharged for funerals, Director Lee
Jaschok and his son, William, decided to make a stand against
a lack of transparency within the industry by providing funeral
services at affordable prices without compromising on quality
and professionalism. Lee tells
The Parliamentary Review
that
his calming manner and understanding demeanour also gave
him a platform to start helping his local community open up
about the subject of death – allowing him to support those who
experience grief, both now and into the future.
Funeral directors are traditionally not renowned for thinking outside the box,
but at Freedom Funerals we are happy to be challenging perceptions. As an
independent family-run business, looking after people at their lowest ebb is our
heartfelt vocation. The funeral industry remains stuck in its ways – many businesses
are run now as they were decades ago, and that’s why we’ve made it our goal to
revolutionise how funeral directors are viewed by the general public. We believe
that everyone should have the right to have a funeral of their choice, regardless of
their budget and how their life was led.
Choosing the funeral you want
Whatever direction a life takes, the final journey should reflect the loves and joys
experienced over the course of a lifetime. That’s why we’ve given people the
chance to share their wishes with us to make sure family and friends are relieved of
FACTS ABOUT
FREEDOM FUNERALS
»Director: Lee Jaschok
»Established in 2004
»Based in Colchester, Essex
»Services: Independent funeral
director
»Freedom Funerals also
employs Lee’s son, William
Freedom Funerals
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CIVIL SOCIETY
the stresses of designing a funeral – a
funeral that should be a celebration
of all the things their loved one spent
time doing. No desired service should
be out of reach, regardless of budget,
and we work to deliver the perfect
funeral at the best price.
By providing a special place to share
funeral wishes, we enable customers
to lighten the load of their passing
by arranging the finer details of their
service. We all want to be remembered
in a certain way, and we offer a
recordable way to discuss requirements
for the funeral without any strain on
family or friends.
We offer a huge range of options for
all areas of the service – when it comes
to transportation, for instance, we can
provide anything from campervans and
motorcycle with sidecars to a variety
of other specialist vehicles. There is no
service that we can’t provide to give
anyone the ultimate send-off.
Affordability and transparency
Not a month goes by without
the rising costs of funerals hitting
headlines; huge financial pressures are
piled on grieving families at the most
traumatic time possible. Increasing
costs have an effect on everyone, but
the lack of transparency within the
industry enables hidden costs to catch
out those who are more vulnerable.
Everyone should be able to afford the
funeral they want, and we have made
it our aim to keep costs down and help
everyone get exactly the service they
want without breaking the bank.
When someone close to you passes
away, most people think you need
to have an elaborate send-off with
all the bells and whistles; in reality,
however, you can pick and choose
when it comes to most of the usual
elements. Items that people consider
prerequisites, such as orders of service,
expensive vehicles and floral tributes,
are far from obligatory.
It’s for this reason that we also offer
advice on more affordable options,
like a green burial, which negate some
of the expenses associated with plot
charges and other costs. This honest
approach has earned the trust of
our clients and helped us to develop
longstanding relationships thereafter.
Lee next to the grave of
Victoria Cross recipient
Edmund Fowler. Lee
and his team undertook
the refurbishment of
Fowler’s grave as it was
in poor condition
Funeral directors
are traditionally
not renowned
for thinking
outside the box,
but at Freedom
Funerals we are
happy to be
challenging
perceptions
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Inability to pay and assisted
burials
A lot of people that come to us just
don’t have the money to pay for a
funeral. The industry as a whole is
somewhat skewed; everybody wants
payment for every individual aspect
upfront, and between the cost of a
vicar, a cremation and the various
other elements involved, it comes to a
rough minimum of £1,000.
When you’re living with nothing,
however, the minimum figure doesn’t
matter – finding £1,000 is just not an
option. If you can’t afford it at all, then
the council will eventually conduct an
assisted burial, but they do absolutely
everything to avoid that as an option
and try then to recoup all costs from
the estate of the deceased.
There just doesn’t seem to be a viable
option for those who can’t afford to
bury their loved ones – at least not one
that doesn’t come up against some
resistance. Sometimes applications for
a grant from the Department for Work
and Pensions are successful, but even
then, they only pay a portion rather
than covering the full amount. It only
leads to further debt and misery at an
already-difficult time in one’s life; the
government really should outline and
formulate a strategy for the people
who can’t afford a funeral.
Environmental legislation –
remaining green is expensive
We are members of the Association
of Green Funeral Directors and we
carry out a significant number of
green burials every year, but remaining
sustainable is only getting more
difficult and more expensive.
Take into account the Ultra-Low
Emission Zone in London, for example,
and the requirement for businesses to
use Euro 6-compliant vehicles. That’s
fine when it comes to vans and lorries,
but finding a classic hearse – a very
unique vehicle – with the right engine
is nearly impossible and a significant
further expense.
We also don’t need Euro 6 vehicles
where we’re situated in Colchester –
but when we have to go into London
just to bring people back to the
cemetery, this becomes an issue. We’re
a small business, one that doesn’t have
the capacity to deal with big pieces
of legislation like this, and it really
seems pointless for us to have to buy
compliant vehicles we’ll barely use.
Changing how people think
about funerals
The other trade bodies out there for
the sector aren’t really helping to drive
things forwards. When magazines
come out showing pallbearers in
morning suits, it just shows that
nothing’s changed. I firmly believe our
attitude towards death and funerals
as a national and global community
needs to change.
People know that you’ll need a hearse
and a coffin – we don’t advertise that.
For us, funerals are about celebrating
life, not mourning the death of a loved
one. We want to get our name out
there and get people talking about
death in a completely different light.
We have made
it our aim to
keep costs
down and
help everyone
get exactly the
service they
want without
breaking the
bank
Lee’s son, William (far
left) with the team
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CIVIL SOCIETY
CEO Margo Williamson
and Council Leader David
Fairweather
Angus aerial shot
Angus, with its population of approximately 110,000, is
located in the east of Scotland and sits between the cities
of Aberdeen and Dundee. It is bounded by the North
Sea to the east and the Cairngorms National Park to the west.
Angus Council, one of its main champions, says that its thriving
community, good infrastructure and beautiful scenery combine
to make it a wonderful place in which to live and work, as
well as to visit. Angus Council’s CEO, Margo Williamson, tells
TheParliamentary Review
more.
A welcoming place for all
Angus has seven towns, with Forfar being the administrative centre for the area,
and contained within it is a broad base of industry, including manufacturing
and agriculture. Arbroath is the largest town in Angus and has a rich heritage of
manufacturing, retail and, more recently, service businesses. Montrose, with its
port and easy access to Aberdeen, is a thriving town, with the commercial activity
centred on the energy sectors. Brechin, Carnoustie, Kirriemuir and Monifieth are
busy towns with both national and local companies.
A number of local, national and international companies have also made their home
in Angus, including GlaxoSmithKline, Don & Low, Baker Hughes, GE Company, and
AG Barr.
Visiting Angus
Angus is an area of outstanding beauty, with unspoilt beaches, rolling hills and
glens, championship golf courses, attractive towns and villages and a fascinating
FACTS ABOUT
ANGUS COUNCIL
»CEO: Margo Williamson
»Council Leader: David
Fairweather
»Services: Unitary authority,
responsible for local authority
public services and schools
»No. of employees: 5,000
»Margo Williamson is the first
female CEO in Angus since it
was established
»The county of Angus is
approximately 842square
miles
»www.angus.gov.uk
»www.businessangus.com
Angus Council

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This article was sponsored by Freedom Funerals. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster