As funeral directors specialising in Celebration Of Life cremation services we knew that most families would prefer that the funeral didn’t begin with the arrival of a traditional big black hearse. Many people find just the sight of a hearse distressing in itself and the vehicle has become symbolic of death,mourning loss and sadness.
We quite quickly settled on silver as the right colour for our funeral vehicle but deciding on the right vehicle itself was much harder. It couldn’t be an ordinary vehicle like you see on the road every day; of course it had to be suitable for the intended purpose but just as importantly it had to be special.
Most hearses are adapted from Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jaguar XJ or Volvo estate cars and we agreed that it was appropriate to pick a prestigious brand for that important final journey. We picked the Mercedes-Benz E-Class partly because it is the largest premium estate car available but also because they make to order a rare partially hand built version which is the top of their range model.
Many people assume that these standard cars are lengthened and converted so that they are long enough and tall enough to accommodate coffins with floral tributes on top but in fact this is not the case. The largest of estate cars currently available are already sufficiently large for the purpose of becoming a funeral vehicle and therefore the process of transformation into a hearse is not actually necessary.
Usually a hearse is constructed from the most basic specification model available due to the high cost of conversion, unlike our car which has almost every conceivable optional extra available. Even the exclusive large and powerful petrol engine in the car was hand built by one man and proudly bears a plaque on the top with his name and signature. As a funeral car it effortlessly conveys the vehicle to the crematorium at barely above tickover whilst the air suspension ensures the smoothest of journeys.
The leather upholstery is of a much higher standard than that used in all ordinary Mercedes-Benz vehicles and also covers the dashboard and most of the trim in the car. The suede headlining surrounds the huge panoramic glass roof which allows light to flood into the rear of the car giving a clear view of the coffin and floral tributes.
The car comes with an array of safety equipment based on all the latest technology. It even comes with a separate set of wheels and tyres specially designed to cope with winter conditions meaning that whatever the season your loved one always travels as safely as is possible.