Bell, Lamb and Trotter exists to serve the families who request our assistance, offering sympathetic, understanding and caring guidance, which is cost competitive. Our purpose is to help each family design a funeral for their loved one which is unique and personal – a service which is true to the person who has died and which reflects their life, personality, beliefs and culture.
We strive to treat those we care for with the same dignity and honour that we would want to offer our own family members.
It is our sincere wish that our families will look back at the funeral of their loved one with a sense of peace and satisfaction, knowing that they were able to experience a special farewell.
Bell, Lamb and Trotter Funeral Directors have been serving the people of Canterbury since it commenced business in 1872 – only thirty two years after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The company was founded by Mr James Lamb and under the management of several generations of the Lamb family, J Lamb & Son gained its reputation and identity as one of Canterbury’s leading funeral directing companies.
In the mid 1970′s new premises were built in Ferry Road. Shortly after, the company was purchased by Fred and Joy Trotter – another Canterbury family – and was renamed J Lamb, Trotter Funeral Directors Ltd.
Today Bell, Lamb & Trotter continues to offer the people of Canterbury professional, caring and ethical guidance, based on many years of experience and also a thorough knowledge of recent trends. Many people turn to Bell, Lamb & Trotter because it is a local family business, not owned by international corporations or with detached shareholders to report to.
Over half a century ago, the company published a booklet entitled ‘When The Need Arises’. It contained the following statement, “when you call us you bestow on us a sacred trust for the care and dignity of your loved one until laid to rest”. This still typifies the service offered by Andrew, Suzanne and Ian Bell and their staff.
Bell, Lamb & Trotter Funeral Directors is a member of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand. This association was formed ensures high standards of professionalism, integrity and service throughout its member firms.
Bell, Lamb & Trotter Funeral Directors is situated at 297 Ferry Road, Christchurch. Operating from the Ferry Park Chapel, we are centrally located with ample off-street parking. The central city, eastern cemeteries and crematories are in close proximity.