My name is Alison, I’m a funeral director and embalmer here, I’m also a celebrant. My training goes back to when I was a young girl as I come from a family of funeral directors. My great grandmother , grandfather and uncles all worked in the profession; they served a small village in Scotland. There principles were built on old school values, simply looking after families with care and dignity and also providing a service that would reflect there loved ones wishes and to serve above and beyond. I have learnt all these invaluable skills over the years. For many years in my twenties I became a Adult Education Tutor in West Lothian Scotland for the Scottish Education Board. Which I enjoyed for many years. I came back into the funeral industry about 16 years ago. I studied to become a Embalmer, this is something I enjoy because I am responsible for your last memory of your loved one. My work at Guardian is more than a job to me, it’s my life. I’m both a Mum and a Nana. We live in Baildon so we are proud to be part of Baildon and Shipley community. All of my children have been brought up in the funeral industry. I want families to know that our family will go above and beyond any corporate company to fulfil your loved ones wishes. We care for everyone with the same care and dignity regardless of how much you pay for a funeral. We guarantee you the highest quality of care and service.
Introducing our celebrant/pastor: Daniel Barrington.
Daniel has been a celebrant now for eight years. Daniel ran a community church in Otley and has preached in churches throughout Yorkshire.
He serves families all over Shipley, Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, York, and Huddersfield.
Daniel will make each service unique for every family. Daniel is a dedicated celebrant with hundreds of 5 star testimonials. He gives each family as much time to make sure that they can get all of there loved ones life put into words to create a wonderful and unique service .
We care deeply about this because we only get one chance to say goodbye .
Sue has worked for Guardian for several years and has also worked in the Health Sector. She shows the upmost care and dignity to everyone who comes to Guardian.
“My name is Susan. I am a Mother and a Grandmother, so i know how important it is to feel that loved ones are looked after in their hour of need. I have worked alongside Alison for years, to ensure loved ones who have passed are cared for in a caring and compassionate way. I can’t express how proud I am to be part of such an important, family focused service.”
Eden is our youngest member of staff at Guardian, She has been involved in the business for eight years. She certainly is been gifted with ways of the funeral industry. Eden has helped many families over the years, especially when we have our angel babies. She has a very tender heart and shows much love and compassion.
“My name is Katherine, I have known Alison for approximately 10 years now. I help out mainly on the technical side of the business but at times I do delve in to the more practical side of it. I’ll never forget the first day I walked into the back rooms, I suppose to many it would seem strange. To me it was a more personal feeling, I was helping Alison with a lovely gentleman called Frank. During the whole process I remember talking to him, Alison explained about keeping their dignity and just making sure that their final time on this earth we still showed compassion. I was hooked and I was home, i know that this won’t be for everyone but to me it’s about helping the person and their families.
I grew up in Bradford, actually only two minutes up the road from the home. I went to Hanson school, and being part of the community is still important to me. I think this is a way I am still part of it. If you send a message on Facebook and Alison can’t get straight back to you, if you need support I can be there for you too.”
Castiel has worked with us for the last 10 years, before he went on to university for Criminal Psychology and Leeds Beckett University. He now works with the West Yorkshire Police and we are all very proud of what he has accomplished. Regardless of working away, Castiel still lends a helping hand around the business
Heather did a placement at Guardian last year, and she was the first ever placement allowed within a funeral home by Leeds Trinity University. She is a dedicated member of staff and went on to complete her degree in Philosophy Ethics and Religion. We are very proud of what Heather has achieved.
We have a strong dedicated team of Pall Bearers and attendants who work for us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Between them they have 35 years of experience, so your loved ones are in safe hands.