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

Unattended Cremation Plan

A simple, dignified and low-cost cremation without the formalities of a funeral, with no service at the crematorium.

From£1,795

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

*Equivalent price shown is a national average, based on 255 branches within the Funeral Partners Network (correct as of Feb 2024) and includes our lowest priced coffin. Funeral prices vary and may go up or down in the future.

Third Party Fees and Additional Products & Services are not included in the Choice Essentials and Choice Plus Plans. Certain Third Party Fees (burial or cremation fees and doctor’s fees, if required) must be paid in order for the funeral to take place, in addition to the funeral plan cost.

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
  • For Choice Essential and Choice Plus Plans 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.

44 reviews on Google

Maidstone

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

122 reviews on Google

Ashford

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

31 reviews on Google

Larkfield

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

32 reviews on Google

Sittingbourne

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

38 reviews on Google

Staplehurst

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

18 reviews on Google

Sevenoaks

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

34 reviews on Google

Bromley

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

14 reviews on Google

Orpington

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

19 reviews on Google

Reviews

Swanley

Rating: 4.9 from 44 reviews View on Google Maps

david paine

8 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.

Wendy Logan

8 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.”

Shaun Willis

8 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

7 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.

Jeff Newport

11 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: 4.9 from 122 reviews View on Google Maps

Gabriella & Jonny Mills

2 weeks ago

Thank you to everyone at Doves that helped to make mum’s funeral go as smoothly as possible. We really appreciate the kind and compassionate nature of all your staff - especially Kayleigh and Chris. Thanks again.

Russell

5 months 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

4 months 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 months 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.

john hendry

5 months ago

I only made one phone call and as it was answered I knew that Doves were the right company to look after our mothers funeral. Kayleigh was very caring and compassionate as she guided us through the process, nothing was too much trouble. The whole team were very kind and helpful, it all went very smoothly, we couldn't have asked for a better send off for her. Thank you so much for your services, I couldn't have hoped for anything better. Highly recommended. Clare F.H.

Ashford

Rating: 5 from 31 reviews View on Google Maps

David Thompson

3 months ago

Hayley was very helpful and understanding which is reassuring when dealing with a bereavement. Doves were superb and professional in dealing with my late Father's funeral arrangements. I would highly recommend them.

Carleen Bennett

6 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

a year 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.

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.

Carleen Bennett

2 years ago

We used Doves to organise our late mothers funeral. They were absolutely fantastic. Hayley at Ashford helped us every step of the way and nothing was too much trouble for them. Mum looked lovely and we received professionalism of the highest quality and were so pleased we chose them. Their services were faultless.

Larkfield

Rating: 5 from 32 reviews View on Google Maps

Melissa Gurney

a month ago

The team at Doves Larkfield went above and beyond. From the very first phone call to the final farewell they were very kind and caring at such a difficult time. They continued to keep us informed throughout the process which was very appreciated and reassuring for us as a family. Words cannot express how grateful we are to Jennie and Chris. They were always available for any help and guidance, very professional in everything they did and full of compassion.

Catherine Brown

5 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

a year 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 💐

John Selch

8 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.

Kelli Greenhow

a year ago

Recommending a funeral directors is never something you want to do because it means you have lost someone very dear to you. When we lost our son in law recently, Doves were recommended to our family & we are so grateful they were. Jennie & her team were there from the beginning to help our daughter say her final goodbye to her husband. Her kindness, compassion & suggestions made the whole process as easy as it could be in the circumstances for our daughter. On the day of the funeral, the team who escorted us to the crematorium were wonderful & so helpful & Mark, who led the service really helped us celebrate the life of our dearly loved son in law. We will be forever grateful

Sittingbourne

Rating: 4.9 from 38 reviews View on Google Maps

Sandra Eller

4 months 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

10 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

a year 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%.

Chris Delman

a year ago

Our Dad passed away 5 years ago and we went to Doves for his funeral service and was very happy. We had no hesitation to contact them again for our Mum when the time came. The team at Doves are professional and caring . The team of Julie and Trevor and the pall bearers were very supportive at this time. We were lucky to have Annie Love who conducted the service and helped with the planning. Thank you for your kindness and support.

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: 4.8 from 18 reviews View on Google Maps

Robert Hollingsworth

a month ago

We were supported by a professional and caring team, from Amanda who helped us arrange the funeral and registration with lots of useful advice and compassion, to Kathryn the celebrant who conducted the funeral beautifully and Chris who managed the site team with dignity and respect. They helped us focus on, and celebrate the life of our loved one and that's what we achieved. We couldn't have wished for a better outcome.

Ian Peachey

2 years 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.

Shivvy Ivings

a month ago

Amanda was exceeding helpful and caring. We felt very at ease that our mum/nan was being looked after.

Dorothy McCarthy

7 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 .

Sevenoaks

Rating: 5 from 34 reviews View on Google Maps

steve sklair

a month ago

Doves were brilliant. Caring, friendly and never over formal. Cheryl put us at ease whenever we met her. She helped with the Order of Service and incorporated changes we asked for. She also helped when I couldn’t upload a video I edited. The funeral went like clockwork and I also recommend the Bluebell Crematorium. We couldn’t hope for more.

Brian Clarke

a month ago

The Sevenoaks Doves office planned and co-ordinated my father's funeral. Cheryl was very helpful and helped organise and guide me on options at what was a very difficult time. Cheryl was also very patient with the last minute changes on the orders of service too. The day of the funeral ran very smoothly, Richard the celebrant led the service perfectly at Bluebell Cemetry. Would definitely recommend.

Lynda Nunn

4 months 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

4 months 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

4 months 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 😊

Bromley

Rating: 5 from 14 reviews View on Google Maps

Linda Foster

3 months ago

On behalf of my family I wanted to say thank you to all of you at Doves Bromley. Everything was handled by yourselves quietly and sympathetically. We always felt confident in your professionalism. Despite the horrible weather on Wednesday, Dad’s funeral went off as well as it could. We feel pleased we could give him a heartfelt send off. The celebrant, Jill Hardy also showed much warmth and kindness to our family both before and during the service. The printed Order of Service were very well done, too. All in all it was a lovely celebration of Dad’s life.

Tony Glacken

3 months ago

I would like to express my gratitude to Doves and especially Rose on the funeral arranged for my father. Nothing was too much trouble and she was caring and understanding throughout the planning. The ceremony itself went smoothly and was a great sendoff for my Dad. Thank you so much again. Tony Glacken

Trish Mackinnon

8 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

Orpington

Rating: 4.4 from 19 reviews View on Google Maps

Martin Long

11 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

10 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.

Wendy Brown

10 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

Mike Mein

9 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

Karen Adamson

a year 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