About Us

As Independent Funeral Consultants, our small team, led by Barrie Smith, are focussed on providing empathy in Funeral Planning and it is no coincidence that our Latin Name Oratu means ‘By Request’.

We endeavour to fulfil your requests at all times – our only business activity is planning funerals.


“ When I founded Oratu, I was driven by personal experience. Some years ago, on the death of my mother, who was a regular attendee at Chapel, I realised that I had no idea of the Hymns would want at her funeral.  It came as a great relief to find that she had written them down in her Hymn Book. I believe that planning a funeral is a gift between the individual and their loved ones. As such I am passionate about helping our clients to plan the funeral that best serves their needs.

Oratu means ‘By Request’ and I will always try to meet your requests. ”

Barrie Smith, Founder & Principal of Oratu