“Therapeutic” and “calming” are two words used by customers this week in association with our memory tree at Carl Kenyon’s Meridian Funeral Home in Chorley.

Visit our Facebook page to see what other people are saying.

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At Meridian, we try our utmost to make everyone who enters our funeral home feel comfortable and at ease. My son Brett and I understand that this can be a daunting experience. Families have expressed to us on occasions their feelings of apprehension and uncertainty of what to expect, also of what is actually expected. On leaving our home, they expressed emotions of peace and calmness, and their anxiety was left at the front door.

This is a subject Brett, the rest of our team, and I discuss regularly. We are constantly aiming to achieve this goal. You will find that Meridian Funeral Home is designed as a home environment, not a typical office. Yet still, keeping everything professional.

All are warmly invited to call in and meet ourselves or our staff members to discuss any concerns that may arise. Whether this is a bereavement, funeral plan or just peace of mind.

If you would like to make an appointment to call in to see us to discuss anything in particular, please do not hesitate as there is always someone readily available to attend to these concerns.

In December 2020, we introduced our Memory Tree, which appears to be resonating with our families. Our Memory Tree can assist in the grieving process. It allows our families to leave a message or a memory in tribute to their loved one.

We have had numerous telephone calls from people who have enquired about this. The Memory Tree is open to families past and present who wish to leave a memory. We have had many complimentary comments, as “a brilliant idea, fantastic” and can also assist young children in the grieving process, knowing that they have left a message for their loved one at their place of rest.

A Candle of Remembrance is lit every day in memory of your loved ones. It is accompanied by a small verse
“This candle of remembrance
is lit with love every day.
In remembrance of your loved ones,
Who are resting here”.

“May their light live on,
And never fade”

We also provide a book of remembrance in which your loved ones name can be placed, which is on display for all to see.

Many of you have already noticed our successful Facebook page. We would like to express gratitude for everyone’s support and input over the years. We welcome any questions or enquiries, and we will try to reply to all concerned. It has been noticed how people are happy to engage with Meridian Funeral Home by using social media. This again assists in breaking down the barriers that previously existed in the past to reduce the fear of funeral homes. It shows that it can actually achieve in giving people comfort by engaging with us on social media.

We sincerely hope that people will now see us as approachable. Ours is a fourth-generation funeral home. As a family, we have been assisting families in Chorley, surrounding areas, for many years. We would like to thank all concerned for placing their trust in ourselves when making arrangements, especially in caring for their loved ones.

We are going to make sure we stay open and help in every way we can.
Even if someone has passed away with this horrible virus we are going to be letting the bereaved families come to visit the family member they have lost, visiting will be available throughout Christmas even on Christmas day and Boxing Day we will be here.
The message from all at Meridian is to wish everyone a better year for next year and to be able to get back to a normal life.

We recently received a ‘thank you’ card which included the following sentence…

“Thank you for helping a difficult day go smoothly.”

This is one of the main things that we all want when we have to organise a funeral, to have a difficult day go smoothly.

I spoke to Carl Kenyon and asked him about the sort of problems which families can face…

“We do like things to go smoothly, but it is not always the case because of unforeseen events.

Just recently on the day before a funeral the family had to deal with isolation because of the virus, I got the call on a Sunday evening, and the funeral was taking place the next day on Monday.

The church in which the funeral was taking place did not do live stream which the family needed.

I suggested calling a different church of the same religion nearby which did live streaming so the family could see and hear the funeral mass. We contacted both church and had everything rearranged by later that evening.

We informed everyone, and things ran smoothly. It did not erase the upset the family had to deal with on top of their loss, but it did help to ease it a little.”


Meridian Funeral Home has got talent!

Many of you will have met Jacqueline Linn when you have had dealings with us at Meridian Funeral Home.

What you probably do not know is that in her spare time Jacqueline enjoys painting.

Jacqueline describes herself as a “self-taught painter” who enjoys painting many different types of subjects. Whatever and where ever she finds the inspiration.

The featured painting was inspired by the Christmas theme.

I asked Jacqueline what her own thoughts are of her painting, to which she replied, “Peaceful and calming. I hope that people are able to lose themselves in the picture and give a little Christmas comfort in these hard times.”


Sadly after a short illness, Maureen Cheston aged 83 of Brown Street Chorley passed away in the Royal Preston Hospital, on Tuesday 15th December 2020. Maureen was a much loved Mum to Michael (deceased), Stephen, Josephine, and Sharon. Mother in Law to Rod, Barbara, Lesley, Martin and Taz. A much missed Nan to Tracy, Mark, Robert, David, Gillian (deceased), Kim, Harry, Alfie and Great Grandma to Elliot. Maureen will be a much missed friend and neighbour to everyone who knew her.

At Meridian Funeral Home we are grateful to receive many kind messages from our customers.

Here is one sentence I have selected from one customer’s thank you card.

“Thankyou so much for your care and compassion and the wonderful service you provide.”

Carl Kenyon Meridian Funeral Home Now Has A Memory Tree!


Your questions answered…


How can I add my message to your memory tree?

You have two options:

You can call in and just write your message and then place it on the tree.

Or you if you prefer, phone us on 01257 234377 and we can do it for you.


Do I have to leave a donation?

Making a donation  is optional.

All donations received  go to “Rainbow hub,” which helps and educates children with special needs from the Chorley area.

An Ode’ to  Carl & Brett Kenyons with our deepest gratitude

Your caring voice that answered the call,

reassuring us you’d sort it all.

These moments were the hardest to bear,

but you eased our pain with your compassion and care.

Just take a moment were here for you, we feel your pain we’re family men too.

Try to relax and clear your mind, what special memories have they left behind?

Take these gifts, and to all you can tell for your loved ones obituary in their final farewell.

You helped our decisions with your wisdom and advice.

When choosing your service we’re glad we never thought twice.

Your gentle touch as you kept her safe.

We will never forget this calm resting place.

The flowers, the cards, the dates and the time;

Not one little detail slipped through your mind.

This career of yours must come at a price

to be witness to others grief and strife.

You must be blessed with hearts of gold,

To ensure so much sadness but never seem cold.

You helped our family and these words are our thanks.

For your warmth and dignified company your top of the ranks.

So to all of you at Carl & Brett Kenyons, our sisters last protectors,

what amazing people you are, you funeral directors.


Poem written by Carrie Greeney