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support, choice and value

We serve all faiths and cultures, and offer many types of funeral. We understand that each person’s final wishes are unique, which is why we offer a wide range of funeral services.

Our selection of coffins, caskets and urns is extensive, and we also offer beautiful flower arrangements. We can provide traditional or modern hearse and limousines to ensure a dignified and respectful farewell.

We can help you plan the funeral just the way you want it.


advice, direction and inspiration

Traditional funeral
For those who want to choose what’s in a funeral, including the cars, the coffin, the colour scheme and the flowers.

Unattended burial
For a straightforward burial without a ceremony, choose a direct burial.

Funeral Director North Shields - Turnbull's

Unattended cremation
For a straightforward cremation without a ceremony.

Woodland burial
For a natural burial with a ceremony, choose a woodland burial.

Children’s funerals
Speak  to our friendly team today. Support at every step in planning a funeral for a child.

Scattering ashes
Popular options include scattering ashes in a memorial garden, at a family grave, at sea or on a river.

What to do when some one dies

When someone dies, there are many things that you will need to take care of, from registering the death to notifying particular organisations. Understanding what you need to do may help ease some of the stress or confusion you may be feeling.

As soon as someone dies, you should call a doctor. They’ll be able to issue a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

You will then need to find a funeral director, and arrange for the deceased to be collected and brought into their care.

You must register the death in the country where your loved one died. You’ll need to find a register office in the area where the death occurred and make an appointment. 

You’ll also need to bring certain documents with you, such as the deceased’s passport and Birth Certificate.

You should then begin making funeral arrangements with your chosen funeral director. You’ll need to consider the type of funeral, coffin, travel arrangements, and other details such as flowers and readings. 

If your loved one left behind a will, the named ‘executor’ will deal with the estate. If there isn’t a will, a relative will be appointed as an ‘administrator’ in order to deal with this.

Inform Tell Us Once about the death within the first two weeks. They will tell authorities and government services that your loved one has passed away, rather than having to contact each authority separately. The deceased’s social media accounts will need to be dealt with too.

Our service is tailored to your means and beliefs and focused on a relationship of trust and respect. 


for the day of the funeral

Floral tributes
Let us know which flowers you like we can supply funeral wreaths and sprays.

Contemporary, natural wicker, wool, picture or traditional.

Choose what ever songs mean the most to you.

Choose our modern Jaguar hearse or something more unique, we can help.

Order of service books and memory boards can be personalised to your exact wishes.

Funeral cars
We have a fleet of modern Jaguar limousines, or we can provide you with something more unique.


here to help, support and advise

We are here to support and guide you through every detail, helping you create a fitting ceremony and celebration of life.

Everything that we do is built on empathy, choice and providing value. Our belief is that since we’re all unique, our funerals should be too.

When a death occurs we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us if you need help and advice around bereavement even if not considering us as funeral director.

Call – 0191 257 1201

If you would prefer not to speak to someone just now, message us through WhatsApp or email and we will call you back within an hour.


serving the community since 1790

It was in 1790, when the founder of the business, John Turnbull, began work as a cabinetmaker and undertaker on the quayside at North Shields.


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