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Empty Casket Funerals

There are rare instances where no physical remains are available – a loved one may have been lost at sea, died during military service or recovery of their body has not been possible. In these cases the bereaved family has the same, if not even greater need for a farewell ceremony and focal point for remembrance.

Our compassionate and experienced staff will do everything they can to assist you in arranging a funeral that feels complete and brings your family peace.


Many families will find that a Memorial Service brings the comfort they need, but others seeking a traditional and immediately recognisable focus for the funeral ceremony itself find the answer in our Ceremonial Casket.

This is symbolically powerful in its own right, and can also be used to display photographs or special mementos of the person who has died. Even though this casket is not buried we can help each family select a fitting memorial for the remembrance location they have chosen.

Others may choose to fill a chest or casket with items and mementos that are significant to the person who has died, perhaps inviting mourners to contribute too. This casket can then be interred in a new or established family grave, marked later with a memorial of their choice.


Your family will have as great a need for daily remembrance as any other, and may find that the memorial carries an even greater significance. Sometimes it may take longer than usual to make the perfect choice. Our Memorial Designer will guide and support you throughout.

About Melia Powell & Family Funeral Directors

We offer affordable excellence. That means we will really listen to your needs, advise and guide you, and provide you with the very best funeral care you need at a family affordable price.

We are a Christian family yet celebrate diversity and are very experienced at celebrating the life of someone irrespective of any or no religious beliefs.

Finally, whatever service or style of funeral is right for you, we guarante to make it perfect for you on the day. Nothing is too much trouble and we will carry you through all your difficult times.

Testimonials & Reviews

(see all of our latest testimonials here)

Dear Brian,

Just a quick email to congratulate you and your team, for what I perceived to be a thoroughly professional and well executed funeral yesterday - it was exceptionally well organised, there was real care and commitment evident, and you were all a pleasure to work with!

Many thanks and well done... You are all welcome back anytime.


Garry H

Revd Garry AF Hinchcliffe
Team Rector of Knaresborough & AsstDDO

Our Offices

Head Office

Melia House, Bradford Road
Sandbeds, Keighley, BD20 5LY
Telephone 01274 567110

Keighley Office

111-115 Cavendish Street
Keighley (town centre), BD21 3DG
Telephone 01535 280402

Bradford Office

25-27 Westgate,
Bradford, BD1 2QL
Telephone 01274 567110

Crematoria We Serve

Yorkshire & Lancashire

* A surcharge may apply since these councils charge a higher fee