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 39 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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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 and Additional Options 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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    Our costs from
    £995
    Includes all necessary third party costs
    Includes all necessary third party costs
    The Unattended Funeral

    The Unattended Funeral

    We will help you arrange a simple funeral consisting of a direct cremation without mourners present.
    Our costs from
    £995
    Includes all necessary third party costs
    Includes all necessary third party costs
    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.
    The Unattended Funeral
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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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    Our costs from
    £1,995
    Plus £1,213 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,213 estimated third party costs
    The Attended Funeral

    The Attended Funeral

    A fully personalised funeral arranged and conducted by our expert teams in accordance with your exact wishes.
    Our costs from
    £1,995
    Plus £1,213 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,213 estimated third party costs
    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.
    The Attended Funeral
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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 39 reviews
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.
Rating 4.0
Cathy very helpful
Simon very helpful on the day of funeral
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for your review and kind words.
Rating 5.0
All the arrangements were carried out with the full level of sensitivity, dignity and efficiency that we hoped for from Clarabut and Plumbe, both those in the office and at the burial itself. We had no concerns about any aspect of the way these arrangements were handled.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
It means a lot to the team for our clients to be able to share their experiences with us. I am pleased that the arrangements for your loved one were carried out to your satisfaction.
Rating 5.0
The level of care and attention shown throughout the whole process which is a difficult one at best was outstanding. A special mention and thank you to Pat for guiding us through every step and regularly checking in on myself and my family to see how we were coping in our time of need. Another special mention and thank you to Simon and the team who looked after us on the day. I will never be able to thank you enough.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this review. It’s good to hear that you and the family received helpful guidance through this time and that we provided a professional service to you.
Rating 5.0
The service provided on 26th January was very professional and exactly in accordance with our wishes. Amanda and Simon were very attentive and ensured everything ran smoothly even allowing for the additional restrictions of compliance with Covid regulations. This was the third time we have used the services of Clarabut and Plumbe and they provide consistent levels of service and would definitely recommend them.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for entrusting us with the care of another loved one. I am glad that our team were there to guide you through the arrangements for your loved one at such a difficult time.
Rating 5.0
All staff sensitive and caring in their approach to us as a family.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. I hope that our team has provided you with some comfort through this challenging time. 
Rating 5.0
I was treated with such kindness and compassion when arranging the funeral of my father. Amanda was very helpful and checked that I was happy with all arrangements. I felt nothing was too much trouble and I was kept up to date with everything. On the day of the funeral everything went smoothly and the director and his team showed great kindness and respect. I have used you before and would use you again. Thank you.
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
I was very very impressed by everyone in Clarabut and Plumbe! So patient,kind,caring and above all professional! On our initial visit we met Pat who was very patient and understanding,and kind,and caring!At the funeral itself,Simon was in charge,and he was awesome! So kind,and so caring,it was dignified and well organised!I would Very much recommend these funeral directors to anyone who needs one!I don't think you would find one better!!
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for this positive recommendation, it is greatly appreciated. Your family continues to be in our thoughts and we are honoured to have been able to give you the service you needed.
Rating 5.0
All staff were so helpful and reassuring at this difficult time, taking away much of the stress and uncertainty during the build up and on the day of the funeral itself. Thank you
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
We are very proud of our team and the care they give and it means the world when we hear from the families that we have looked after.
Rating 5.0
Very friendly not pushey could have not had better
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am pleased that we provided the highest level of care and guidance for you and your family.
Rating 4.0
The staff are very friendly and help make a Sad time a easy. To. Deal with event Simon from. Kempston was very helpful and even rang on the day of the funeral even when he was in annual leave to check all. Was ok
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am glad you chose Clarabut & Plumbe to take care of your loved one. Your comments will help us to ensure we are able provide the right level of care to our families.
Rating 5.0
Our recent experience with this funeral directors cannot be faulted. We were looked after by the same member of staff right from the start to finish. She was very flexible, professional and kind. Flexible - because she came to my house for the initial meeting when we requested an after hours meeting with myself and 2 other siblings. Professional - because she was extremely capable and reliable in all aspects of the work right from replying to emails promptly, making sure the flower cards were individually protected to organising the team of drivers and pallbearers on the day itself. Kind - because she at all times showed empathy and thoughtfulness.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for the kind comments posted on your online review. I am glad that you found our staff to be informative and reliable and that you had the trust and confidence in our team to be able to deliver the service you expected.
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