WHY CHOOSE US as your funeral director



Unusually in this line of work, I'm female and I'm fairly young.  

As a teenager I did some work experience with a funeral director and immediately realised I'd found my calling. I began studying at THE YORKSHIRE SCHOOL OF EMBALMING.

After four years I passed all my exams to become a QUALIFIED EMBALMER.

Next I trained in Norfolk where after another four or so years I became a FULLY-QUALIFIED FUNERAL DIRECTOR.

Shortly after opening my own small independent business in York in December 2015 I was honoured to become chairwoman of the Yorkshire division of the BRITISH INSTITUTE OF EMBALMERS, a post I held for a year.


Since December 2015 I have built up my business and arranged hundreds of burials and cremations.

I often work seven days a week will and go to great lengths to give families exactly what they want for a loved one's funeral.

I am happy to discuss arrangements in the comfort of your own home or in my office . I can take care of everything, from a simple cremation to a burial at sea. 

I can help with all kinds of funeral, from the more traditional to 'green' and bespoke involving the likes of horse-drawn carriages and motorcycle hearses.

I can also advise on setting up pre-payment funeral plans with PERFECT CHOICE. 

The National Association of Funeral Directors believes Perfect Choice funeral plans are the most robust and professionally-managed pre-payment funeral plans available


Please feel free to search for a funeral director who suits your needs, but please be aware, not all funeral directors are QUALIFIED. I am!

Unfortunately, in this country there are no regulations or restrictions on who can conduct a funeral. Anyone can set themselves up in business so please check this before you choose a funeral director. Ask to see their qualifications. 

Finally, feel free to look at my GOOGLE, FUNERAL ZONE and FACEBOOK REVIEWS and see what previous families have said about my services.

Thank you for taking the time to read about me. Please feel free to call or pop in any time if you feel my colleagues and I can help, in any way, during your time of need.






We are very proud here at Hayley Owen to have been rated in the top three

rated funeral directors in York and surrounding area for the second year running




The Last Mile in Style - Daimler DS420 Hearses

The Daimler DS420 Hearse has been for many years the typical English hearse, dominating the funeral profession in the UK and throughout the Commonwealth. It has been used for many Royal funerals, including the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, on Sept. 6th, 1997 and for the funeral of the Queen Mother (2002).

With their high-up coffin position and large windows they truly offer 'The Last Mile in Style'. 

Our fleet includes two of the few remaining DS420 hearses to offer you that something extra.Our prestigious Daimler's are some of the finest vehicles of their kind left in the Country.These were the last of the "real limousines’ built by Daimler and were built strictly to order. Building only 4141 between 1968 and 1992 they were the popular choice of Heads of State, Ministry of Defence and Government Agencies throughout the entire World.

Most were supplied in Burgundy and Black and as such were chosen by the countries finest Funeral Directors and Carriage Masters. The Royal Mews ran three of these at any one time and were the Queen Mothers favourite car, so much so, she ordered Five.Despite most of their number being supplied in black, it is now by far the rarest vehicle to find with estimated figures saying only 60 or 70 remain in the Country and more than half of the 4141 are now scrapped it makes this a sought after vehicle by collectors the World over. 

Powered by a highly refined six cylinder engine with overhead camshafts the engine is at home with low speeds of a State Procession or cruising swiftly, smoothly and quietly along a motorway. Its overall length is 226” and weighs in at a massive 4703 LbsFor comfort and luxury this vehicle is unsurpassed, giving the largest passenger compartment for your comfort.