Grace Mary House was opened on 12th November 2009 by the Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Michael Wilkes & the Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, Mrs Vivienne Wilkes.
There were many special guests in attendance including the Vice President of the British Institute of Funeral Directors and local clergy. A symbolic dove release marked the official opening, and then the chapels of rest were dedicated and blessed.
Based half a mile outside Walmley village centre, the funeral home has a large frontage and enjoys a prime corner position. Major refurbishment involved taking the building back to a shell and then reconfiguring the space to create a large reception, arranging room, general office, preparation area and mortuary. The premises also have two chapels, the larger of which is capable of being used for a small funeral service accommodating up to 20 people. The room can also be partitioned to create two smaller viewing chapels.
Owner, Sarah Wolsey, a qualified and licensed Funeral Director, is passionate about achieving and upholding the highest standards. She says: “I think the industry should be regulated. For us, there was never any question about Daniel Ross Funerals seeking membership of the National Association of Funeral Directors. To my mind, the fact that we are expected to abide by a Code of Practice and that we provide a formal complaints/redress system shows families we are committed to doing the job to the best of our ability. We are also proud to announce that we are also members of the Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors and the Association of Green Funeral Directors.”