Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors, Bedford

With our Unattended Funeral from £995 and our Attended Funeral from £1,995, our Bedford Funeral Directors will help arrange a fitting farewell for your loved one.
BASED ON 50 reviews
Rating 4.9

About our Bedford funeral home

At Clarabut & Plume Funeral Directors we have served the local community of Bedford since 1895. Our funeral home, built in the early 1960s, is located near the town centre, making it easily accessible to local families in Goldington, Sharnbrook, Biddenham, Bromham, Wilstead, Fenlake and beyond.

We understand how difficult it can be to lose a loved one, which is why we will do everything we can to make things easier on you. Your wishes will be carefully listened to and the funeral service organised exactly the way you want.

Our funeral directors specialise in Italian funerals and repatriation and our funeral home has wash and dress facilities suitable for our Sikh and Hindu families. We strive to provide the utmost care and high quality service, whilst honouring your cultural or religious requirement.

Arranging a funeral can be hard and emotional, so please know that you are not alone. Call us any time you need, we are here to help you through every step.

What we offer

  • Advice and guidance at every step, including registering the death
  • Arrangements that are tailored to meet your family's needs
  • Local expertise and knowledge
  • Cremation or burial at any local crematorium or burial site
  • Funeral services of all faiths and cultures
  • Viewing of the deceased in the chapel of rest
  • Hearses, funeral vehicles and bespoke transport options
  • Memorials and tributes
  • Prepaid funeral plans
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Funeral Services with distinction

We are proud to be part of Dignity Funerals, a collection of the UK's finest funeral directors, with each and every one committed to setting superior standards.

Many Dignity funeral directors have been part of the local community for generations and it is a privilege to serve those who live beside us. Our rich and lengthy heritage ensures we can deliver our service with local knowledge and unparalleled expertise.
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99 per cent of families said that Dignity met or exceeded their expectations.
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97.7 per cent of people said that they would recommend Dignity.

Our funeral services

With two packages available, we will be able to arrange the funeral you have in mind for your loved one.

If you’re looking for a traditional or contemporary funeral with a service, you should consider our Attended Funeral. If you want us to arrange a simple cremation without mourners present, our Unattended Funeral may better suit your needs.

View our Standardised Price List, Additional Options Price List and Crematoria Price List.
  • The Unattended Funeral

    We will help you arrange a simple funeral consisting of a direct cremation without mourners present.
    Our Unattended Funeral allows friends and family to commemorate your loved one in their own way. Our expert funeral directors will provide all necessary care, while offering advice and support every step of the way. A cremation will then be carried out without mourners present, overseen by one of our qualified attendants.
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    From
    £995
    (Includes cost of cremation).
    (Includes cost of cremation).
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    The Unattended Funeral

    We will help you arrange a simple funeral consisting of a direct cremation without mourners present.
    From
    £995
    (Includes cost of cremation).
    (Includes cost of cremation).
    Our Unattended Funeral allows friends and family to commemorate your loved one in their own way. Our expert funeral directors will provide all necessary care, while offering advice and support every step of the way. A cremation will then be carried out without mourners present, overseen by one of our qualified attendants.
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  • The Attended Funeral

    A fully personalised funeral arranged and conducted by our expert teams in accordance with your exact wishes.
    Our expert team will take care of your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect, while we help arrange a personalised funeral with any additional services you wish.
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    From
    £1,995
    plus £1,213 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    plus £1,213 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
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    The Attended Funeral

    A fully personalised funeral arranged and conducted by our expert teams in accordance with your exact wishes.
    From
    £1,995
    plus £1,213 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    plus £1,213 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    Our expert team will take care of your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect, while we help arrange a personalised funeral with any additional services you wish.
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Where to find us

Address

11 Kingsway
Bedford MK42 9BJ
GB

Directions and Parking

We are just off St. John's Roundabout, opposite the Magnet Kitchen Showroom.

There is parking available at our funeral home.

Funeral Home Opening Times

Outside of normal hours, visits can be made by appointment only.
Day of the WeekHours
Monday09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday09:00 - 17:00
Thursday09:00 - 17:00
Friday09:00 - 17:00
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

24 Hour Availability

Outside of our funeral home’s opening times, we are available 24 hours a day by phone.
Call 24 hours on 01234 354547

Frequently asked questions

  • When someone dies, the first steps will depend on how and where the person passed away. Our step-by-step guides will walk you through the practical steps. For additional support and personal advice, please get in touch with us.


  • You don't have to make an appointment at our funeral homes. However, doing so will ensure that someone can be available to cater to your needs. When arranging a funeral, our Funeral Directors are happy to visit you in your own home, if required.


  • Third party funeral costs are additional charges which we will manage for you and attach to your single invoice. Get in touch with us to confirm costs and plan a funeral to fit your budget.


  • If you choose to arrange the funeral with us, you will be given the option of a complimentary Funeral Notice. We will set it up for you using the details discussed during the arrangements. All we need is an email address.


  • Dignity Funeral Plans let you pay for your funeral in advance and at today's price. It's a way of taking control of the unexpected, setting out the arrangements and limiting the costs by paying for the services included in the funeral plan upfront.


Reviews of our services

4.9
Rating 4.9
based on 50 reviews
Rating 5.0
My mother passed away this year 2022 and I was recommended to use clarabut and plumbe and I couldn’t of had a excellent service… very caring..very professional from start to finish… when you have a Bereavement it’s very difficult times but clarabut and plumbe staff where there step by step ….Thank you from the bottom of my heart to have had a lovely send off for my mother…Bless you all….
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for leaving a review online. We are happy that we provided an important service to you through this difficult time, these kind words mean a great deal to the whole team. We always strive to give each family what they need even when times are difficult.   
Rating 5.0
The staff were extremely kind and courteous. They always took time to answer all questions and nothing was too much trouble, which made the whole process much more bearable than I had expected. Totally 10/10 and many thanks
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am pleased we were able to help make things easier for you at such a difficult time. I am glad that our staff went above and beyond to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
The team at Clarabut & Plumbe made the emotional and difficult situation easier to cope with due their compassionate and professional attitude. Special thanks to Ramona who led us through the whole procedure also Simon who on the day of the funeral made sure everything run smoothly. Even though the funeral is now over, the team at Clarabut & Plumbe are still in touch to see if we need any aftercare. I would have no hesitation in using the company again if required.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
We appreciate you sharing your experience with us. Your comments will help us to ensure we are providing the right level of care to our families. Our whole team are here to give you the utmost compassion and support to each and every client and I am glad they did this for you, It has been a privilege to support your family.
Rating 5.0
You were amazing. They made me and my family feel safe and comfortable at all times. Always reassured and rang me making sure everything was how me and my family wanted. For my mum and partner I have used clarabut & Plumbe. And I wouldn’t go anywhere else. Always perfection, professional, kind and caring.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am pleased that you had the trust and confidence in our team to be able to deliver the service you expected and that they were so kind and caring to your family. Thank you for this positive recommendation, it is greatly appreciated.
Rating 4.0
We had used Amanda at Clarabut & Plumbe, Bedford previously and had no hesitation in asking for her services again. As before, she was attentive, helpful and responsive to emails and telephone calls. On the day of the funeral everyone involved was so respectful, professional and nothing was too much trouble. I would not hesitate to recommend their services.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am pleased to hear that you found our staff to be professional and respectful. Thank you for entrusting us with the care of another loved one and for highlighting a member of our team who has made a difference to your personal experience.
Rating 5.0
Our Funeral Director, 'H', and the rest of the staff at Clarabut & Plumbe were there for us every step of the way. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They really listened to our wishes for our dad's funeral and delivered a first class service with dignity, compassion and the utmost respect for our loss.

Thank you 'H' and the rest of your staff for your wonderful service. You helped make an emotional and daunting time in our lives a little easier to navigate.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you so much for this lovely review which means all the more at this very challenging time. The team are working very hard to ensure that each family receives outstanding care and I am so glad their dedication has given you the service you needed.
Rating 5.0
The funeral director Simon was very professional and helpful from our first meeting with him right through to the day of the funeral. He explained everything to us beforehand and was patient with us to allow us follow all our religious customs. He was there to ensure the smooth running on the day and we will always be grateful for that.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for leaving feedback online for the branch and for highlighting a member of our team who has made a difference to your personal experience. It means a great deal to the team.
Rating 5.0
The passing of a loved one can turn your world upsidedown and at such a time of crisis in your life you can only hope that someone will take you by the hand and guide you through. Heidi was that person for us and we will be eternally grateful for not only her professionalism but her level of compassion.

Heidi will make you feel that your funeral is the only one she is arranging and although this clearly will not be the case, you will never feel that your queries are inconsequential or inconvenient. Her level of knowledge and clarity regarding the services and costs involved makes understanding the process very easy at what is a very confusing time.

Heidi doesn’t just arrange the necessary parts of the funeral she supports the added extras and ideas that make the day personal to your loved one. She facilitates the odd requests and goes out of her way to make sure they come to fruition. Thanks also go to John for fulfilling the strange request of a few short videos of the day.

From the first meeting, which was at our convenience, through to the final conversations after the day we are just so thankful that we met Heidi. If families receive even half the level of service we did then they will not regret choosing Heidi as their Funeral Director.

Heidi manages to ensure the day runs smoothly at the same time as taking care of family members and attending to their needs. She manages it effortlessly and without needing to be asked. She co-ordinates her team in a discrete and orderly way so you won’t notice the required operational tasks of the day.

When you are used to organising events it is very difficult to relinquish the control to someone else. On the day of the funeral we were able to concentrate on dealing with our grief as we had complete faith and trust in Heidi as we knew the day would be perfect. Which it was.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for leaving an exceptional review and for highlighting a member of our team that has made your day so personal. Its good to hear you received outstanding support and guidance through this difficult time and we are honoured to have cared for your loved one.
Rating 5.0
We as a family thought the service we received from Clarabut & Plumbe was exemplary,
in particular from Heidi. She was able to guide us through the proceedings from start to finish, keeping us informed and always available to answer any questions we had. At such a sad time Clarabut & Plumbe being with us was of great comfort.
We would certainly not hesitate to recommend them.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for leaving a review online for Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors. Our whole team are here to give the utmost compassion and support to each and every client and I am glad they did this for you.
Rating 4.0
I was very happy with the service received and the actual funeral.
My only comment is that emails are not acknowledged with a response and phone promises of an answer or call back do not happen.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to leave your review. If you would like to discuss anything further please contact our Client Relations Department on 0800 783 7171
Rating 5.0
After the death of my mother, Clarabut and Plumbe provided my family with excellent service throughout the three weeks spent planning and organising her funeral. The member of staff assigned to us, Ramona, was thoughtful and kind as well as being very efficient in providing practical support. There was constant communication by both phone and email with us and the church which made us feel cared for at a very difficult time. Any decisions still to be made or matters still requiring attention were always indicated clearly in emails and then followed up. All paperwork such as the Order of Service and other documents were carefully checked multiple times to ensure that everything was in perfect order for my mother's funeral. The Order of Service was beautiful as was the Memory Box given to my father and the large photo placed on my mother's coffin. On the day of the funeral itself, Heidi took great care of us all. My family cannot thank Clarabut and Plumbe enough for all their care in organising everything, in helping me through the paperwork, the great attention paid to details however small and their kindness and compassion. Thank you. Julia Aldridge.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed review. It is incredibly helpful to other families in the same circumstances as yourself. The team will be very pleased to hear that their care and support made a difference to your family.
Rating 5.0
Olivia could not have been more helpful and compassionate. She understood what I wanted for my Mum and kept me informed at every stage of the arrangements. I cannot thank her enough for the support she provided at a particularly difficult time.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am pleased to hear that our team were so helpful and caring to your family. Thank you for sharing your experience with us on your online review.
Rating 5.0
All staff were professional and compassionate. The arrangements for the funeral were as we wanted them and we appreciated the guidance from Olivia. We were supported and kept informed at all times. The funeral was perfect and the staff who accompanied us that day were so caring and efficient. Our thanks for helping us give Brendan the farewell he deserved.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am happy that we provided a professional service to you, our quality of care is something we are proud of and we know what a difference it makes to the families in their time of need. Thank you for your 5* review.
Rating 5.0
Once again we thank you all for all your kindness, support and professionalism. We were so pleased with our send off.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for this recommendation, it is greatly appreciated. Our quality of care is something we are proud of and we know what a difference it makes to the families in their time of need.
Rating 5.0
Excellent in every way!
Staff very respectful and helpful, nothing too much trouble. Great over the phone and in person. Despite Covid restrictions everything went so smoothly and we did not feel rushed in any way. A special thanks to Ramona who was superb. Thoroughly recommend. Thank you everyone.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to send your online review to us. We know how special each person is and aim to convey this in all aspects of our work from the arrangements to the day of the service.
Rating 5.0
Pat and Simon provided just the right balance of professionalism, care and compassion. We felt well advised and supported, and they helped us to tailor dad's funeral so that it felt just right. Thank you.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Your kind words mean a great deal to the team who always work very hard to deliver great care.
Rating 5.0
Received a very good service from the beginning to the end. I was regularly updated and all questions answered.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
We understand how important it is to keep families informed and I'm pleased that our team did exactly that for you.
Rating 5.0
Myself and my family were more than happy with everything you did at my sister Jeans funeral. All your staff were so very supportive, especially at the funeral itself.

I cant express how much it meant to me to be able to get in contact with you if and when
I needed to,

Arranging the funeral was very easy to do with all your help. I cant say it enough, thankyou, thankyou very much.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
We know how special each person is and aim to convey this in all aspects of our work from the arrangements to the day of the service. It has been a privilege to look after your Sister.
Rating 5.0
This was my first time arranging a funeral and it wasn't made easier by lockdown and the fact that we lived 2 hours away from our deceased cousin who had passed away unexpectedly with no nearer relations. We were given Clarabut & Plumbe's name by one of her neighbours and were very grateful for the recommendation. Pat walked us through the entire process making it much easier than we imagined and was available to answer any questions we had. Her manner was kind and understanding and nothing was too much trouble. She ensured we knew where to pick up any personal effects and introduced us to Terry who ensured the service ran smoothly on the day. She also recommended a celebrant who ably guided us through the process of creating a personalised ceremony at a distance. Our relative was treated with respect throughout the process and the memory box and candle they gave us was a lovely touch. They have also been very helpful in arranging for the ashes to be transported to a local funeral parlour for collection. Every step of the way C&P checked in with us to make sure we were happy and no worries or unanswered questions. Thank you - we really appreciated your professional and caring service.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to send us your online review. Your feedback is always valuable to us. I am glad that our staff went above and beyond to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
I found all Clarabut and Plumbe staff to be very professional and caring, from collection of my mother, to planning of the funeral, and right through to the end of the cremation service, and beyond, with follow up phone calls to make sure everthing is ok with me. Very helpful, and very patient too, as we changed our minds about the service a few times. I knew we'd made a good choice of funeral director, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to others. I can't praise them highly enough.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
It means a great deal when families take the time to share their experience. I am glad that all of your wishes and requirements were carried out by the team as you had requested.
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