Respect’s Gravedigger’s Nomination For Gravedigger of the Year

Our gravediggers are a man and wife team with three young girls. Erwin and Marie with Kayleigh, Megan and Immy.  They go above and beyond what is expected in helping us create the setting for a burial in our park.  They dig and backfill by hand and always ensure that the plot is left in a tidy appearance with the family flowers and any wildflowers planted and seeds sown ready for the family to return.   Because Respect uniquely also carry out pet burials and these are usually last minute as the pets come directly from the vets we have no worries that the grave will not be ready as Erwin will arrange the plotting out and  dig on the request from the phone call.     

 On the days they have to dig during school holidays or on a weekend the whole family turn up and the children enjoy making daisy chains and bird watching which is a great education for them and very refreshing to hear that they are not spending all day on computers and tablets.

They are a great asset to Respect and we would be proud for them to win this nomination


Respect are to feature on the ITV Tonight programme ‘A Costly Undertaking’ 7.30pm – 3rd November 2016.

Respect were interviewed at our Green Burial Park in Bawtry by Adam Shaw from the ITV and the format for the programme is:

With the average cost of funerals doubling in the last decade,  the programme looks and what is driving the costs up at examines what can be done to keep prices down.




Respect – Winner – Best Alternative Hearse

Alternative to the norm! For the love of cars or just to be different?

This rather unique bespoke 1948 Bentley Mk 6 Special has been converted into an Award-Winning Hearse for the most discerning of families.

Those who are now looking for a rather stylish and unique ‘Final Journey’ can truly choose something different and they can even have a matching coffin personalised with photographs. Be they car enthusiasts or racing drivers they can now skid off this mortal planet in a superb carriage.

Our Company can even bury you on the run-off of a race circuit, as one of our burial grounds is part of an old airfield next to a driving circuit

Two unique Bentley Specials – the Hearse conversion is in Green of course, the limousine made up of a more modern Bentley Birkin Special, being 1 of only 20. Indeed they have access to more Bentley Birkins and RR Phantoms too.

Close up and personal, we can even draw the vehicle up right next to your graveside service.

Notes for the Bentley boys – This Bentley is a 1948 Special with all original chassis and running gear with a great history and pedigree having been on most European circuits.   The bier which carries the coffin is from a 1912 Viceroy Carriage and suitable for most coffin sizes with its additional adjustable frame. Unlike most ‘bodies’ the car has had more than one careful owner.

Available nationally…

Bespoke coffins available in matching colour of their car / model

As to the background of why turn a Bentley into a hearse? How many people actually practice what they preach?

Indeed how many Funeral Directors and Green Burial Park operators have actually booked their own plots let alone planned the detail of their own demise so they get the funeral they want?

Naturally it took Gordon Tulley the owner of Respect Green Burial Parks and the owner of the car no time to book his own plot as they own over 25,000 burial plots, yet it took some 6 years to get around to detailing his own inevitable demise, right down to his very own coffin and that too even has a sliver lining and cushion to match.

In his former life before the funeral industry he was in the automotive industry and has always been into owning desirable cars and then worked in TV production, in light entertainment and this reflected in his messages on the coffin because Fun is actually in the word Funeral!

Not for everyone of course, but as Gordon says whilst the attendees at his departure will be involved in a celebration of his life service and whilst quaffing his champagne at the graveside I’m sure they will rekindle memories of the past… which Gordon refers to as the dash….

For more information contact Respect Direct Funeral Services on 01427 612992

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Respect Carers Award – Doncaster & Bassettlaw

Our Doncaster & Bassetlaw Winner Sarah Bateman Of Stirling Home Care in Doncaster was nominated for the Respect Carers Award  by Gordon Tulley of Respect Direct Funeral Services Doncaster

Sarah said;

“the best part of being a carer is especially looking after lonely people in need of reassurance letting them realise they are not alone and someone locally is here to help care for them”


Nancy Birtwhistle Presents Respect Carers Award Winner Brigg

It gives us great pleasure to announce the winner of the Respect Carers Awards

Mr Mick Simpson –

Mick was a very worthy winner and our first ever male carer to be the recipient of the Respect Carers Award.  This was awarded to him by Nancy Birtwhistle, Winner of the Great British Bake Off – 2014

For more info please see our blog site

Best Green Funeral Director 2014 was awarded to Respect at an awards ceremony in Birmingham  hosted by the Good Funeral Guide and we would like to say a huge thank you to all those families who took the time to nominate us.  It is an honour to have received this award and it is rewarding to know that we are providing a service that families want.

Respect have been led into Funeral Directing through a natural progression.  Families have pre-booked their final resting places within our Parks and asked if we can arrange the whole funeral and of course why wouldn’t we, it makes perfect sense to deal with the whole service.

Respect receive

Highly Commended Certificate has been presented to Respect for The Lincolnshire Environmental Award 2014 for work carried out at their Green Burial Park.  The judges said is was a very close call and that they were very impressed with the way the Park was run and the environmental impact and sustainability being made with the planting of the trees and also how nature has returned to the Park


Client Testimonials.

May I take this opportunity to thank you and Alison for everything you have done to help us through this difficult time. We have found the perfect place for *******- everything he loved in close proximity. I have been up to Laughton several times since Friday and each time I find it comforting. I can sit on his bench and chat to him in peace and quiet.

BP, Burton on Stather

Thank you for the photo’s, they are just what I needed, thank you once again for being so kind and thoughtful, it help a lot on such a sad occasion

K&H, W of Doncaster

Thank you for the photos of Geoff’s bird box & bench, it looks really peaceful. Thanks and regards F C

F C, Knottingley

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