TV themes popular as funeral songs

Every funeral is personal to that person and their family. A way to make the funeral that bit more personal is the choice of music. We hear on a daily basis songs from such a wide variety of different genres. Classical, Rock, Soul, Swing in fact you name it I’ve heard it.

Of course there are your popular choices like My Way - Frank Sinatra or Unforgettable - Nat King Cole which from ...

Funny Funeral Songs


Every funeral is personal to that person and their family. A way to make the funeral that bit more personal is the choice of music. We hear on a daily basis songs from such a wide variety of different genres. Classical, Rock, Soul, Swing in fact you name it I’ve heard it.

Of course there are your popular choices like My Way - Frank Sinatra or Unforgettable - Nat King Cole ...

The London Chronicles

Arranging a funeral in London is one of the most stressful tasks ever; not just for the family but also for the funeral directors who are invariably walking on eggshells; trying to extract the necessary information without further upsetting the bereaved family. It is incredible the unsolicited information some people are happy to disclose, whilst others have to be coaxed and encouraged to divulge even the basic details.

As part of the arrangement procedure I would always ask about the r ...

The Sidcup Chronicles - The Fifth Chapter

By working for Udens, funeral directors, I became accustomed to all the different roles within the funeral trade I started to make suggestions to Matthew as to how we could improve our performance and by doing so, hopefully, increase our trade. We would bounce ideas off each other and used to joke that if we had a hit rate of only 1:10 the company would soon be transformed out of all recognition.
However, it was also necessary to remember that Udens had been in existence for over 130 years ...

The Sidcup Chronicles - The Fourth Chapter

As the weeks progressed I decided to persevere with the job as I was really beginning to enjoy the work, especially the opportunity to drive posh limousines around South London. During this time I visited all the different branches, including New Cross, where I first met Nicky Uden who, from a back room in the premises, managed the company in glorious solitude. (For the information of Clare Uden, I doubt if anything had changed at New Cross since you lived there in the 1960s)

Someone el ...

The Sidcup Chronicles - The Third Chapter

Most people have a clear idea of what they want to do in life; however I just seem to have just drifted along and fallen on my feet in nearly everything I have done. Retiring from the police at the start of the Millennium was suppose to be a new start; not just for me, but also for my wife Mary. We had just moved to Orpington to be nearer her job at Farnborough Hospital. We had tentatively spoken about “job reversal” and how I would stay at home where I would care for the house an ...

The Sidcup Chronicles - The Second Chapter

Hello all,


I would like to thank everyone who has posted such kind remarks regarding my first attempt at “blogging”. I have already prepared the next few episodes which are ready for publication, but I felt the need to respond to some of the comments, especially the post from Claire Uden (now Comrie) Yes, we did date briefly, and suddenly I was transported back 50 years to that Read More

The Sidcup Chronicles

Hello and welcome to what I hope will be regular and entertaining reflections on a wide variety of topics; some of which may, (or may not) be tenuously connected with Udens and their work as funeral directors. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Graham Horak and I recently retired from working with the Uden family for the past 18 years. Before that I was a police officer for 30 years, although my first job after leaving school in 1967 (ah, the summer of love!) was working in my family& ...

W. Uden & Sons Funeral Directors Update - June 2018

Hello Everyone,

Wow, time certainly does fly! Within a blink of an eye we are almost halfway through the year; and quite a year it has been. From the testing times of the snow and the cold, to the building works at our Sidcup Branch that are now almost complete. It has been non stop. However, throughout this time we have never lost sight of our overriding duty - to help and support those ...

The Fleet. Our Funeral Hearses and Limousines

Over many years as funeral directors we have tried probably anything and everything to make our fleet stand out from the crowd. Nothing makes me prouder than a simple comment of “Wow, look how clean your cars are!” or “That's the shiniest car I’ve ever seen!”; mainly because we spend an awful lot of time a ...