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Celebration of Life Funerals

As Celebration of Life funeral specialists, we can help you to commemorate the life of someone special, in a way that is both respectful and befitting their memory.

So, whether your wish is to incorporate a particular colour theme, flag, football team motif or you'd simply like a specific type of musical performance, we can assist you to achieve a fully personalised funeral.

  • Balloon Release (bio degradable or personalised foil balloons)
  • Butterfly Release (cruelty free, British butterflies. April to Mid-October only)
  • Colour Themes
  • Dove Release
  • Hobbies and Interests
  • Horse Drawn Hearse
  • Lantern Release
  • Musical Performance
  • Specialist Motor Fleet

We welcome your enquiries and we are always available to discuss your individual requirements. 

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New Orleans Style Jazz Funerals

Gooding Funeral Services is known for New Orleans Style Jazz Funerals and with years of experience, we are now the go-to funeral firm in Leeds, for the provision of live jazz funerals, and for charity and trade association events. 

Our New Orleans Style jazz band comprises professional musicians who understand what is required of them during a funeral performance and who themselves, have years of public performance experience. It is traditional for the band to lead the first/main line of funeral mourners, as they proceed along the street. Our jazz band will follow your Gooding funeral director for a little distance, as they page away from the funeral service venue, and should you wish, our band will also accompany the funeral party as it enters the grounds of the cemetery or crematorium.

In New Orleans, a dancing umbrella performer or even several umbrella dancers, will be found accompanying the second line of funeral mourners. His or her performance adds another layer of colour and movement and emphasises to mourners and spectators alike, that the funeral is the celebration of the life of an individual.

Should you wish to include a dancing umbrella performer with our New Orleans Style Jazz band at your loved one's funeral parade, we would be delighted to arrange this.

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Gospel Choir Funerals

A Gospel Choir has the ability to enhance any funeral to create a more moving, enriching and memorable occasion. It is the perfect way to mark the passing of a individual who is dear to you.

Gooding Funeral Services has our very own Gospel Choir, which is made up of professional singers, who have performed together at funerals for many, many years. Our Gospel Choir is entirely inclusive of all belief systems and will perform songs that are appropriate to people of any faith, and also to those of no religious faith.

The choir can perform at any religious service, assuming permission from the relevant minister of religion, or at any non-religious service also. Additionally, our choir is happy to perform at the graveside, and we would be delighted to make all the necessary arrangements on your behalf. 

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The Inspirational Voice; Alison Jiear

Gooding Funeral Services is very proud to announce our association with Ms Alison Jiear of The Inspirational Voice. 

Alison is a serious musical theatre performer, having first trained at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Australia. Her West End musical theatre credits include Shoes at the Sadler's Wells Theatre, On the Town at the English National Opera & Theatre Du Chatelet, Paris and Hot Mikado. She was also featured in the film Being Julia.

In 2015 Alison appeared on Britain's Got Talent singing You'll Never Walk Alone and she continues to make appearances with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Concert Orchestra, and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Portsmouth Guildhall.

We are fortunate to be the only funeral director in the North able to work with Alison and to bring her to you directly. 

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Musical Performers That We Can Arrange For You

If you are considering a musical presence, Gooding Funeral Services would be delighted to assist you. We can arrange any of the following professionals to attend:

  • New Orleans Style Jazz Band
  • Gospel Choir
  • African Drummer
  • Female West End & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Solo Vocalist
  • Female and Male Solo Vocalists
  • Guitarist
  • Harpist
  • Piano/keyboard soloist
  • Saxophonist
  • Steel Pan Player
  • Tabla Player

All our musicians are professional performers with funeral service experience. If you are interested in a performer or a particular instrument that does not appear on the above list, please do still contact us with your enquiry and we will do our utmost to help you.

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Dying Matters; What Happens After Death.

Five Leeds people share their stories and thoughts about death and dying.

Current and Future Events

Funeral Director Xina Gooding Broderick features in a film by Dying Matters Leeds, which is currently being shown at the Leeds City Museum, as part of a larger exhibition about death and dying. The exhibition is part of the national Dying Matters initiative which promotes public awareness of dying, death and bereavement.

The display runs until 30 July 2017, is free to enter and includes objects from a range of cultures that are related to death. From an Egyptian shabti to a Victorian funeral cart, this exhibition seeks to start conversations and to encourage visitors to think about, and plan for, their own end of life.

There are a number of talks lined up too, please see them listed below. For further information about this wonderful exhibition, please click here.

Wed 19 July 12 – 1pm

Talk: ‘We were in a partnership that wasn’t recognised’*
By Steven Piatczanyn examining the effects of Male Gay Partner Bereavement, Masculinity and Identity.

*Wednesday monthly talks are organised in partnership with Leeds Bereavement Forum

Past Events

  • Dying Matters; The Big Conversation 10 May 2016

Leeds City Museum Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 8BH

Our New Orleans Style Jazz band was invited to open this free, public event in Millennium Square, Leeds.

Gooding Funeral Services had a stall at the event and our Funeral Director/Grief Recovery Specialist; Xina Gooding Broderick gave a talk about the importance of end of life planning including topics to consider and how to broach this subject with loved ones.

Thank you to all who came along and supported us. To everyone who danced, photographed, videoed, chatted, asked questions, listened, drank tea, commented on Facebook and Tweeted; we thank you for your participation. Keep asking questions, keep in touch.

The Gooding Funeral Services Memorial Jazz Band, warming up for the Dying Matters 2016, Leeds charity event in City Square, Leeds.

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