Doves Funeral Directors

Doves Funeral Directors was founded by second-generation Funeral Director Sean Costello in the 1980’s, with the first premises in Bromley.

Doves Funeral Directors quickly established a local reputation for empathy and experience in supporting the community in planning funerals for loved ones and soon expanded the business across Kent.

Our Funeral Plans

Choice Essentials Funeral Plan

Covers all essential Funeral Director services

From £2,650

Choice Plus Funeral Plan

Covers all essential Funeral Director services plus embalming and a chauffeured limousine for up to six passengers

From £2,925

With a Choice Funeral Plan

Our Funeral Plan enables you to prepay for certain elements of your funeral in advance and fix the cost of Funeral Director Services, protecting you from the risk of these rising.

  • The Funeral Director Services are included
  • You have the option to make Voluntary Contributions towards Third Party Fees and Additional Products & Services
  • You will not require a medical assessment
  • You are able to record your wishes to help your family make decisions when the time comes

Choose a Branch to buy your Funeral Plan

Swanley

35, Station Road, Swanley, England, BR8 8ES, United Kingdom.

40 reviews on Google

Maidstone

1, Knightrider Street, Maidstone, England, ME15 6LP, United Kingdom.

108 reviews on Google

Ashford

54-56, Kingsnorth Road, Ashford, England, TN23 6HT, United Kingdom.

28 reviews on Google

Larkfield

788, London Road, Aylesford, England, ME20 6BE, United Kingdom.

30 reviews on Google

Sittingbourne

100-102, East Street, Sittingbourne, England, ME10 4RX, United Kingdom.

36 reviews on Google

Staplehurst

High Street, Tonbridge, England, TN12 0AH, United Kingdom.

15 reviews on Google

Sevenoaks

112, Saint Johns Hill, Sevenoaks, England, TN13 3PB, United Kingdom.

32 reviews on Google

Bromley

38, Homesdale Road, Bromley, England, BR2 9LD, United Kingdom.

13 reviews on Google

Orpington

19, Carlton Parade, Orpington, England, United Kingdom.

19 reviews on Google

Reviews

Swanley

Rating: 5 from 40 reviews View on Google Maps

david paine

4 months ago

Just some inadequate words to praise everyone at Doves, Swanley. Karen, Donna and the whole team were outstanding. From the very first meeting in the branch with Karen we knew we were in very, very safe hands. My parents both died within twenty four hours of each other and the family had decided we would like to arrange a double funeral. They both had pre-paid insurance plans, one with Doves and another with a different company, but the other company really didn't seem to be interested in trying to make this work. Karen took the issue into her own hands and, through their Head Office, was able to take control of both. She was outstanding, sensitive, compassionate, supportive and just there for us throughout. She kept us informed on an almost daily basis and gave us gentle reminders when we were approaching a deadline. She also found us the perfect celebrant. Donna, who controlled the events on the day, was just as sensitive and compassionate. We were all treated with the greatest respect, attentiveness and courtesy. We would not hesitate to recommend Doves in Swanley to anyone in need of sensitive support and guidance during this very difficult time.

Shaun Willis

4 months ago

Our family have used Doves funeral services more than once over the years. We have always found them to be very professional but also warm and sympathetic. The service provided is personal and time is taken to understand what we as the client wants along with making recommendations and suggestions regarding aspects of the service that we may have forgotten about or weren't aware of. Communications are always prompt, polite and warm.

The Smarts

4 months ago

I cannot recommend Dove's of Swanley highly enough. At a very difficult and overwhelming time, Karen was absolutely fantastic. She took the time to explain things to us and was so patient and kind. Everything was organised wonderfully for the day and the staff that helped us on the day were also absolutely brilliant. Thank you to Dove's Swanley for helping us to give our father a wonderful send off.

Wendy Logan

4 months ago

Doves funeral directors Swanley were incredibly compassionate and professional throughout the entire process. Karen, Donna and team guided us with empathy and expertise, ensuring that every detail was taken care of with the utmost care and respect. Their support during this challenging time was invaluable, and we are grateful for their dedication to making the farewell for our loved one as dignified and seamless as possible.”

Jeff Newport

7 months ago

Karen and Karen were very efficient from the first phone call, to me coming in to make arrangements for my brother’s funeral. When I visited Bob in the chapel of rest, which they done out of office hours, my daughter and I were pleased with how good Bob looked. On the day of the service Nick and Chrissy looked after us from start to finish. I would recommend Doves at Swanley to everyone. Thank you.

Maidstone

Rating: 5 from 108 reviews View on Google Maps

Russell Braund

a month ago

We found Doves to be very caring and compassionate when arranging my father's funeral. Everything went smoothly and respectfully and we appreciated the 'phone call before the day before the service to check details. Kayleigh in the Maidstone office was very helpful and went the extra mile when there were complications surrounding my father's cremation. I can recommend Doves without reservation.

Archangel Morax

a month ago

We can’t praise Doves enough they were excellent from the beginning Kayleigh is so kind and caring she made us feel so relaxed at such a hard time. Nothing was any trouble for her she is so kindhearted . On the day of the funeral the service was perfect and performed by Steve the celebrant excellently, and Chris couldn’t do more to help and support. I would recommend Doves to anyone. Thank you so much for making Jeff’s funeral so special and for looking after him so well. Julia and Teresa

Jamie Deboo

4 weeks ago

Doves Funeral Service are thoroughly experienced and guided me through preparing for my Mum's funeral. I felt in control from start to finish. If I had any questions or wanted to make changes they answered promptly and the answer was always yes. They provided a caring service from start to finish. I couldn't recommend them highly enough.

Richard Rains

a month ago

We were very impressed with the very friendly personal and professional service we received recently from Doves Funeral Directors at what was a very sad time for the family on the death of our Mum. We were treated with great sensitivity and led through all the stages from my Mum being collected when she had died to the day of the actual funeral. Kayleigh communicated very effectively on all levels regarding all the arrangements and Chris and Debbie were there on the actual day making sure everything ran smoothly and with such care and respect for us all which was such a source of great comfort to the family We would have no hesitation in recommending Doves Tricia Rains

Anna Chapman

a week ago

The service received at my Uncle’s funeral was absolutely first class. From the organisation and planning by Kayleigh to the actual day itself. The funeral director (Chris) was so professional and made sure the day went perfectly. I can’t recommend Doves enough. They were so good. Thank you to all.

Ashford

Rating: 5 from 28 reviews View on Google Maps

Carleen Bennett

3 months ago

This is the second time we have used Doves to bury a loved one and we will always use them. Hayley is so lovely and patient and kind and will always go that extra mile to make things as stress free as she can, taking over all our negotiations and managing our contracts with external companies. This Funeral Directors are just the most amazing team of people to work with, in the event of the passing of a loved one. They make everything happen as seamlessly as possible fulfilling your requests.

Bboy breaks

8 months ago

This was my first time dealing with a funeral and it was very stressful. Hayley is a lovely, kind lady and Very professional. Hayley visited my home and explained everything clearly and made me feel very at ease. Nothing was too much trouble, was always at the end of the phone if ever i needed something or even if it was for a chat. Which i thought was a nice thing to do. The funeral went as planned and i would highly recommend Doves. Thank you for everything.

josh crane

10 months ago

Hayley and all at Doves, you were incredible. You guided me through the process with such care and empathy, you made the most horrific time bearable. You listened. My dad was well looked after in your care and we really appreciate all you did to make this a special celebration of his life.

Heather Peeling

9 months ago

Hayley at Doves in Ashford was very helpful and respectful and made a difficult situation infinitely more bearable. We were very happy with how everything went and felt we had given mum a great send off. Would highly recommend.

Michelle Cooper

2 years ago

We used Doves in Ashford for the funeral of our Mum/Nan. We had never arranged a funeral or knew were to start. The service and compassion given were wonderful and we were taken care of as soon as we made first contact. Hayley was amazing and helped us every step of the way. Her kindness will always be remembered by us all. I would highly recommend Doves to anyone who requires this service. The family of Mrs Pamela Feige.

Larkfield

Rating: 5 from 30 reviews View on Google Maps

Catherine Brown

2 months ago

Jennie at Doves in Larkfield was absolutely fantastic when she guided me through and organised my mum's funeral. She was so very kind and sympathetic and professional at the same time. The day of funeral went without a hitch and Steve, the Director on the day, was totally in charge of proceedings and handled the occasion and my family with professionalism and respect. As a family we were able to focus on the significance and emotion of the day without worrying about anything going wrong. Doves made a difficult day easier. Thank you all concerned.

Gail Burton

10 months ago

Organising a funeral for your loved one is very difficult but Doves Larkfield where great. The day my brother and I went in to sort out mum's funeral Jenny was absolutely amazing. Nothing was to much trouble, very pleasant and warming. Jenny had so much compassion, empathy and was very caring made the whole situation so much easier. The actual day came and Matthew the Funeral Director arrived with mum and was very calm and comforting and explained what was going to happen with compassion. The whole day was beautiful and mum would have loved every minute. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for an amazing and beautiful day from start to finish. Also a massive thank you to West Malling flowers for the beautiful work they did. Amazing flowers 💐

Jo Waters

4 months ago

From the moment I stepped into Doves Larkfield to enquire about the funeral arrangements for a loved one, I was met with the warmth and professional manner of Jennie. What could have been an incredibly difficult and emotional experience for me was made so much easier with the way Jennie remained supportive and empathetic throughout the whole process. From the initial planning and deciding the details for the day to the collection of the ashes and the subsequent enquiry about memorial jewellery for my daughter, Jennie has continually offered appropriate support, advice, guidance and even just a friendly ear to listen. On the day of the service Chris ensured everything went smoothly. Making contact the evening before, Chris kindly went through the details and timings alleviating any concerns I had. Mark delivered a beautiful service which provided myself and my family the appropriate closure needed - the memory of a fun and larger than life person, respected teacher and loving dad. I would highly recommend Doves Larkfield and I would like to say a big thank you to Jennie, Chris and Mark for their kindness and support.

John Selch

4 months ago

When my wife died recently I had no idea which funeral directors to approach. Searching online I found some very complimentary reviews about Jennie at Doves, Larkfield. From the first phone call everything went perfectly. Jennie guided us through the process and at points of indecision explained the consequences of taking certain courses of action clearly but without pressure. She was unfailingly helpful and empathetic throughout and nothing was too much trouble. Jennie made us feel as though we were her only clients, which of course we were not, and I would have no hesitation in recommending her to anyone who needs a thoroughly professional funeral director.

charlotte jackson

5 months ago

We choose doves as we had used them for my dads funeral 26 years ago and they were brilliant and we had no problems, so when mum passed recently we chose doves again. We met Jennie a few days after mum passed away me and my sisters were all very emotional & apprehensive but right from the start Jennie made us feel comfortable and at ease with the situation. Jennie is the perfect person for the job she has a lovely way with her and has helped me and my sisters through out this difficult time. Jennie kept in contact after the meeting and even after the funeral she has been there throughout. On the day of the funeral everything ran smoothly Colin and his team were very kind and considerate and stood in the background but was there for us when we needed them. The service was just as we hoped it would be. Karyn was recommended to us a celebrant to read mums life story. Karyn was again there for us not just at the meeting but throughout the service and even after the funeral. I cannot praise doves service enough and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Sittingbourne

Rating: 4.9 from 36 reviews View on Google Maps

Sandra Eller

a month ago

My beloved mother in law died on 3rd December and we were unable to bury her till 12th January. I cannot praise Doves Sittingbourne enough. Right from her collection from the home until we laid her to rest in the cemetary we were treated with compassion and understanding. Julie in particular was a star, nothing was too much. When she said 'feel free to contact me anytime' she wasn't joking. You didn't feel like you were 'making a fuss' they listened, explained and generally cared. If your loved one is as precious as ours let Doves take care of you and yours so you can rest assured ALL your wishes are adhered to. Thanks Doves but a special mention to Julie at Sittingbourne branch, you made our loss bearable!

Yasmin Harake

6 months ago

We recently lost my grandfather and Doves has been incredible from the moment we contacted them. I honestly can't thank Julie, Chris, Colin and Glenn enough - they truly went above and beyond to make this process easier for my gran, mum and myself. They truly treated us like we were family and I will always be so grateful to them for this. I highly recommend Doves should you need to contact a funeral directors - we were very new to everything and Julie and Chris were extremely kind, patient and always there to answer the phone when I had a question. Thank you all so much for bringing some light to a very dark situation. From A.F. Hood's family, thank you.

David Rouse

9 months ago

From the moment I contacted Julie at Doves in Sittingbourne she was caring, compassionate and genuinely cared that we got the best service and best day we could possibly have. Chris was our funeral director on the day and he did absolutely everything possible to guide us through the day, helping us along and giving us support and reassurance. Going through a family bereavement is a tough enough situation for anyone, but the team at Doves try to support you and give you as much help as they can. I would recommend them 100%.

Anita Hogben

7 months ago

We cannot thank Doves Sittingbourne enough for how our Mums funeral went. It was absolutely perfect. Julie at Sittingbourne is like a friend when she deals with you. Chris, Tom, Glen and Debbie on the day were just amazing and so supportive. Mark Perrian, the Celebrant was like having a family member or family friend conducting the service. Just can’t put into words how perfect it was. Anita & Helen

Jackie B

a year ago

Hi Julie We would like to thank you & all at Doves on behalf of our family for arranging our beloved Mother's funeral. You & your colleagues assisted in a professional caring & thoughtful way. The funeral director was also very kind, assisting & guiding the proceedings in respectful & thoughtful manner. Obitus were also extremely helpful finding the music required to match the selection we had chosen. I would definitely recommend Doves Funeral Company & if necessary use your services again. Thank you for your first class service and compassion shown at this very sad time. Jacqueline & John

Staplehurst

Rating: 4.7 from 15 reviews View on Google Maps

Dorothy McCarthy

4 months ago

How kind and caring Alice and the team were at Doves in Staplehurst . At a very sad and traumatic time they were on call ,nothing too much trouble thank you so much for a wonderful service and funeral , my brother and myself appreciate all your help to make Sylvia’s funeral all that she wanted herself .

Robert Kenworthy

11 months ago

From the moment I called Doves Staplehurst the team were incredibly helpful in a very sad situation. They communicated well throughout, gave great advice, were gracious and considerate and helped coordinate a seamless funeral service. Thank you Kayleigh, Diane and the team, we appreciated your support.

Ian Peachey

a year ago

Diane at the Staplehurst branch of Doves was kind and sympathetic at a very difficult time for my family. She was professional, respectful and talked us through every step of the process. Nothing was too much trouble and she made a very sensitive time much easier to deal with. The help and support of the team at Doves left me in no doubt that my Dad would be well looked after and that every effort would be made to give him the funeral he deserved. I would have no hesitation in recommending Doves Funeral Directors.

D B

a year ago

I would like to say a huge thank you to Doves and in particular to Diane in the Staplehurst office for the absolutely wonderful service she has given to my sisters and me, from our first telephone call to the final interment of my aunt's ashes. She has been so kind and helpful, and has been with us every step of the way along what could have been an incredibly traumatic journey, smoothing the path for us at every stage, liaising with all of the different parties involved, helping us put together a beautiful funeral service sheet and the perfect gravestone, and going above and beyond what we’re sure would have been expected of her. She has become a friend along the way and we will be forever grateful to her. I would highly recommend Diane and Doves to anybody who has been recently bereaved.

Neil Peachey

a year ago

Diane at Doves Staplehurst helped my family and I put together a lovely funeral for my Dad who passed at Christmas. Diane was kind and caring at a time when we needed support the most answering the vast numbers of questions we had leading up to the day clearly. It is daunting time when a loved one passes and she helped us through the process in a compassionate and professional way. I would like to pay tribute to the staff who, despite the being in the middle of storm Eunice, made the funeral happen. I would recommend Doves Staplehurst to others.

Sevenoaks

Rating: 5 from 32 reviews View on Google Maps

Lynda Nunn

3 weeks ago

Cheryl (Sevenoaks branch) was very professional and helpful in sorting out my Mother’s funeral arrangements. She was able to give alternative choices when my original was unavailable. I was able to contact her when I had questions (and there were quite a few), nothing was too much trouble. She made the process a lot easier. Chris the funeral procession escort contacted me the evening before to explain what would happen, he asked my Mums favourite colour and wore a tie the same colour as a mark of respect. Everything ran smoothly on the day. Everyone involved made the process a lot easier in what was a difficult time for the family involved.

Rebecca R Evans

2 weeks ago

We can’t thank Doves enough for taking care of everything when it came to arranging the funeral for our dear uncle. The rest of the family live 200 miles away and Doves were incredible, giving us a ‘one-stop package’, arranging the Crem, Church, casket, flowers, order of service, tribute site and everything we needed. The day itself went as well as possible, the funeral director very respectful and professional. We would highly recommend.

Katy Camp

3 weeks ago

I cannot thank Doves enough for all their support during what it is a very difficult time. They were friendly, helpful, and there to always answers any questions we had. Fantastic service and would recommend on. Thanks Again Doves, in particular Cheryl. You were so helpful 😊

Michael Holmes

a month ago

I found the service provided to be excellent. Cheryl in the Bat and Ball office was polite and understanding. She did every thing to minimise the stress of the circumstances. All arrangements met my wishes completely.

Julie Amato

7 months ago

We can not thank Doves, Sevenoaks Branch enough. They cared for and arranged my Mum’s funeral amazingly. Big thank you to Cheryl for her kindness, sensitivity and professionalism, nothing was too much trouble for her. I would also like to pass on my thanks to Dave and the funeral directors who took Mum’s service yesterday. His kindness , professionalism, patience and attention to detail were second to none. You all made an unbearable day beautiful. Thank you all so very much

Bromley

Rating: 5 from 13 reviews View on Google Maps

Trish Mackinnon

4 months ago

Hi, it is rare that I am compelled to write a review but the service that we as a family have received over the past 3 years from the team at Doves Funeral Directors in Bromley following the loss of 3 loved ones in as many years, is nothing short of excellent. Very recently ( 3rd funeral yesterday) Rose couldn’t have been more helpful, compassionate and knowledgeable in talking us through a very distressing time. Her eye for detail, prompt responses to emails and immediate responses on the phone proved to take away so much of the stress of arranging a funeral. Thank you Rose. Before I go I must also draw attention to Donna who along with her gentlemen colleagues also played a key role in the entire funeral service. Her warmth and compassion not only made a huge difference to all who attended but as a bonus her approach to us all manages our spirits on the most distressing of days . Heartfelt thanks (and funny as it may sound) hopefully I won’t see you guys again for a long time 😘🙏

Karen Marley

2 years ago

As a family our experience of Doves and the service they provided for the funeral of our sister was outstanding. From the first meeting with Rachel speaking with Lorraine, the choice of celebrant and then on the actual day with Nick and his team everyone was professional, kind and compassionate. Thank you Doves we couldn't have asked for more for Mandy

Mo Galloway

a year ago

Doves in Bromley arranged the funeral for my mother. Rachel was efficient , friendly and patiently answered my numerous questions. The family also appreciated being able to view mum whose home is not in Bromley. Rachel worked with her colleague at Steven Mears in Lewisham to facilitate this. On the day of the funeral Nick and his team were friendly, patient and tactful in dealing with the long funeral, taking family members to the cemetery and then onto the celebration venue. It was a really hot day but the team remained friendly helpful and professional. Thank you all from the family

Heather Wexham

2 years ago

Doves handled my late mother's funeral exactly how my family wanted. The staff, both in the office and on the day, were friendly, helpful, supportive and totally professional. We never felt rushed and they always had time to answer questions and put our minds at rest. They treated my mother with the utmost respect. I would certainly recommend Doves

Andy Langford

a year ago

Rachel at the Doves Bromley branch has been fantastic in leading the family through the whole process and ensuring that our Dad's funeral went exactly as we wanted and had planned for. Our family has used Doves for generations, and we've never been dis-appointed in the service we've received. They are a credit to their profession.

Orpington

Rating: 4.4 from 19 reviews View on Google Maps

Martin Long

7 months ago

When my father died some 23 years ago we used Doves services, so it wasn’t a difficult choice to make when our mother recently died. The service Karen and her team gave was perfect, keeping us informed throughout, offering her best attention at all times and even after the service. Attention to detail was very apparent , even to the point that the funeral cars passed where my father was at rest, a great idea Karen. Many thanks for all you did on the day.

Sonia Clapperton

6 months ago

The team at Doves were so supportive and made us feel like nothing was too much trouble, we were so well looked after by Karen who helped us to plan my dads funeral. She was so attentive and helpful and nothing seemed too much trouble i was even given a personal number to call if i needed her . Doves have right From our innitial meeting in our house when you picked up my dad Colin and the gentleman who came were so lovely and so respectful at obviously such a sad time for us, then right to the funeral itself we didn’t have to worry at all about anything as we were confident that they had everything prepared and they did. Even the special touches like a cutting from my dad's wreath which was so thoughtful and I was touched when we was presented with it .Watching kelly walk in front of my dads car from our house and the actual funeral itself looking so lovely so respectful honestly the whole of your staff couldnt have done any more for us Thank you Doves we couldn’t have been more happier with my Dads send of I really felt like we did him proud on the day and you helped us do that and for that my family and myself are very grateful.

Mike Mein

5 months ago

I would like to sincerely thank Ashdown Undertakers located in Blackfen, Sidcup, Kent, for making the funeral arrangements of my late wife Monica. Special thanks to Clair and Kelly for all their help and assistance during this very devasting and difficult period for me, without which I don't know how I would have survived this personal ordeal! Their kind attention and personal touches to all the details and making sure the funeral service went ahead as planned, despite some outside issues was a grateful relief to me and my family. All the above helped to make this a very special day to remember my late wife Monica. I would not have any hesitation in recommending Ashdown's to any family who need's the extra personal care and attention at a very difficult and sad time in their lives. A very grateful Mike Mein

Wendy Brown

7 months ago

DOVES CARLTON PARADE ORPINGTON A big thank you to Karen who advised and guided us through the arranging of our mums funeral on 5/7/23. Karen made us feel very relaxed and nothing was too much trouble for her. Donna our funeral director again can’t thank you enough for your kindness and the way you went above and beyond. Sacha our celebrant again thank you. You made us all feel relaxed on a sad and stressful day All very professional in what you do. Should I need your assistance again I wouldn’t hesitate in asking for all three of you Thank you all again Wendy Barry & Julie x

Karen Adamson

8 months ago

Dearest Karen and Team ... Myself and Matt would like to share our thanks to you, Sacha and Donna for all the help and support you gave us during a very difficult time . Your professionalism and understanding is outstanding and we couldn't have done it without your guidance . You are all the most caring and respectful people ever and Matt and I can't thank you enough. Jason would have been proud and happy with the farewell he was given ... plus the bonus win for West Ham Thank you all , you are all fantastic Karen (Adamson) & Matt xx