THE owners of a Wirral funeral directors are celebrating after being ranked as one of the best in the UK. 

Owens Funeral Directors has received a Certificate Of Excellence from Three Best Rated, which rates local tradespeople, for the fourth year running.

The family run business in Liscard now has 231 five-star reviews on the Funeral Guide platform. Ranked top on the funeral directors' ratings website, they have also been ranked top for value due to their commitment to keeping costs down for families.

Certificate confirming Owens Funeral Directors in Liscard is among the UK's top threeCertificate confirming Owens Funeral Directors in Liscard is among the UK's top three (Image: courtesy of Justin Hopper and Owens Funeral Directors) The family say they are keen to keep funeral care independent, personal and local, as opposed to people going to big national online companies.

Its owners, mother and daughter Lorraine and Alex Owens said: "We pride ourselves in treating people like our own family and delivering the very best service with the utmost compassion for people in their darkest time.

"We also understand that it’s been difficult for people out there, so we’re committed to making cremations and funerals as affordable as possible."

Alex Owens in her role at Owens Funeral DirectorsAlex Owens in her role at Owens Funeral Directors (Image: Alex Owens in her role at Owens Funeral Directors) Daughter Alex added: "It's great to be recognised as the best value funeral directors in Wirral as well as the best rated, also receiving another Certificate Of Excellence by Three Best Rated.

"What truly means the world to us, however, is the lovely words, cards and flowers we receive from families .

"To know that we've helped them during their time of need is very reassuring."

The family has developed a great reputation for going way above and beyond for bereaved families, whilst keeping costs to a minimum.

One of the things they offer is a ‘memory tree’ at their Liscard premises - with a personal bauble dedicated to each loved one they look after. They also provide families with Forget-me-not seeds.

They also have a bespoke jewellery service where Alex personally handcrafts ashes into beautiful, personalised pieces and they completely self-fund a memorial service every December for all the families who have lost loved ones.

The annual memorial service takes place at St. Alban’s church in Wallasey and each family member can take away a bauble after the service to place on their Christmas tree at home.

One recent customer said: "Thoroughly recommend Owens. From start to finish attention to detail, care and availability excellent.

"All staff are brilliant, especially Alex and Lorraine who were so lovely and thoughtful at such a difficult time.

"Costs were very competitive so you don’t need to look elsewhere. My dad’s funeral was perfect and my mother couldn’t be more pleased with the service. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Another said: "We met Alex at Owens after calling other companies. No one matched her kindness, professionalism and sensitivity. Shocked frankly by others’ attitudes, the difference between them and Owens is immeasurable.

"We would now trust no one else for any circumstances. Nothing was too much trouble and she and Owens made what was one of the hardest times as easy as possible."