Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors, Bedford

Our Bedford Funeral Directors can provide a meaningful funeral now for your family and an additional memorial or commemorative service later once everyone can be together again.
Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors in Bedford
BASED ON 32 reviews
Rating 4.9
Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors in Bedford

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

  • The option of a dignified funeral now and memorial service later
  • 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 arrange a funeral for your loved one suited to your requirements. Whether it's a traditional or a more contemporary service, you have choice with our Full Service Funeral. If a little flexibility with the arrangements is not a problem, a Simple Funeral at a lower cost may be preferable.
  • Full Service Funeral

    Our Full Service Funeral allows you to create a totally personal commemoration to celebrate the life of the person who has died.
    Our costs from
    £3,545
    Current restrictions might mean that you can’t have a funeral today how you imagined it to be. However, we can still provide a dignified and meaningful funeral now and a memorial or commemorative service later.Our service is delivered with expertise and uncompromising compassion. We will care for the deceased with the utmost care and respect in our own professional premises and will take on the responsibility for ensuring every detail is taken care of to the highest standards. You can rely on us to make a difficult time a little easier.
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    Full Service FuneralOur costs from £3,545

    Or find out more about finance options available from Funeral Safe.

    Our Full Service Funeral allows you to create a totally personal commemoration to celebrate the life of the person who has died. Our service is delivered with expertise and uncompromising compassion. We will care for the deceased with the utmost care and respect in our own professional premises and will take on the responsibility for ensuring every detail is taken care of to the highest standards. You can rely on us to make a difficult time a little easier.
    • Our funeral professionals will care for your loved one in our premium facilities
    • A professional Arranger will provide support, guidance and co-ordinate everything for you
    • Have flexibility and choice over the time, day and location of the funeral service
    • We will provide a Funeral Director, chauffeur-driven hearse and pallbearers for the service
    • We can add services and tailor the funeral to suit your own specific requirements
    To find out more, please call us on 01234 354547, or read more about our dignified funeral now, and service later.
  • Simple Funeral Service in Bedford

    A complete funeral service for a lower cost, delivered with complete compassion and care.
    Our costs from
    £1,995
    This kind of service is suitable if you have the flexibility to choose from a limited choice of dates and times for the service and you do not want to have a lot of additional services added to the funeral. You can rest assured that we will never compromise on the care we provide when looking after your loved one.
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    Simple Funeral Service in BedfordOur costs from £1,995

    Or ,find out more about finance options available from Funeral Safe.

    A complete funeral service for a lower cost, delivered with complete compassion and care.
    • Our funeral professionals will care for your loved one in our premium facilities
    • A professional Arranger will provide support, guidance and co-ordinate everything for you
    • The service will be at a mutually agreed time and date dependent upon availability, usually on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
    • We will provide a Funeral Director, chauffeur-driven hearse and pallbearers for the service
    • Some additional services such as arranging floral tributes or obituaries are not available
    To find out more, please call us on 01234 354547

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

Reviews of our services

4.9
Rating 4.9
based on 32 reviews
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.
Rating 5.0
We have used Clarabut & Plumbe a few times and everytime they have been very helpful and fantastic.
They will answer any questions you have and if they don't know they will find out for you,They give you a courtesy call to see how you are .
They make you feel at ease, they don't rush you .
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your views with us on your online review. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience online with us. It helps other families in their time of need.
Rating 5.0
I contacted you via Yvonne and was dealt with by Amanda on the day we were looked after by Olivia , the whole experience was fantastic making a very sad day a real tribute to my mum
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
I am glad that you chose Clarabut & Plumbe to take care of your loved one and that we were supportive to you and the family at this difficult time.
Rating 5.0
Excellent service. I would recommend to others
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for posting your review online. Our team are here to provide the highest level of service for you and we are happy this was achieved.
Rating 5.0
From start to finish, the personal service given by staff was exemplary, from the care and attention on collection of my Mother to keeping me personally informed on every aspect of the funeral arrangements. From booking the crematorium and celebrant to suggested florists and venues for Wake Simon Collar, who was personally looking after the details, couldn't have done any more to help in an otherwise difficult time.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on your online review. I am pleased to hear that our team were so kind and caring to your family and that our staff went above and beyond to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
From the first meeting we were all treated with respect and were made to feel relaxed at such an awful time for our family given such helpful advice everything was made so easy We would recommend you to anyone thanks for making this rotten time as easy as could be
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
We are grateful of receiving your online review. I am pleased that you had the trust and confidence in our team to be able to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
We were very pleased with the way my mother's funeral arrangements were handled. The director advised us and was attentive throughout the process. Thank you.
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
We appreciate you leaving a review online for your experience with Clarabut & Plumbe. I am pleased that the arrangements for your Mother were carried out to your satisfaction and that we made things a little easier for you and the family.
Rating 5.0
Olivia was very helpful during our time with Clarabut and Plumbe, whenever we had questions she was able to answer them but if she was not sure, she always found out the answer and got back to us, I would highly recommend these as their services are excellent
Response from Clarabut & Plumbe Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to send your online review to us. I am glad we were able to provide you with the support and guidance needed and that we were able to help ease any worries that you may have had.
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