S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors, Dunstable

With Unattended Funerals from £995 and Attended Funerals from £1,995, your trusted Dunstable funeral directors will arrange a dignified farewell for your loved one.
BASED ON 29 reviews
Rating 5.0

About our Dunstable funeral home

At S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors in Dunstable, every detail that matters to you, matters to us. That is why we are devoted to arranging a personal and heartfelt funeral in memory of your loved one, right down to the last detail.

From the moment you get in touch, our caring team of funeral professionals will be at hand to help you, giving you careful guidance and uncompromising compassion, every step of the way.

We serve families from all over Dunstable and our surrounding areas, such as Priory, Downside, Stipers Hill, Beecroft, Chalk Hill, Lewsey Farm, Houghton Regis, Church End, Tottenhoe, Eaton Bray, Edlesborough, Caddington, Sewell, Tilsworth, Stanbridge and beyond. We are based only 700 yards away from the peaceful West Street Cemetery.

We are here to honour any final wishes, so whatever your requirements, we will always be able to help you. Please give us a call from the moment you need us; we are always here for you, 24 hours a day.

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.

Choice of funeral services in Dunstable

We know there is a lot to think about at this difficult time, so at S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors in Dunstable, we give you the choice of two funeral services to suit your requirements. Whether you prefer a traditional or contemporary attended funeral service, or a lower-cost unattended funeral, your loved one, as well as you and your family, will receive the highest standards of care and compassion.

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 £1,033 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,033 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 £1,033 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,033 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

115 West Street
Dunstable LU6 1SG
GB

Directions and Parking

We are located 700 yards from West Street Cemetery.

There is car 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 01582 663633

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.


S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors reviews

We're highly privileged to have helped so many Dunstable families say farewell to their loved one. Here's what some of those families think about the service they received.
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Rating 5.0
based on 29 reviews
Rating 5.0
First class service, Heather and Carol are absolutely amazing people , they organised everything and made my granny’s funeral beautiful, she would have loved it . Amazing service at just a difficult time
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Your kind words mean a great deal to the team who always work very hard to deliver great care. It means a great deal when people take the time to share their experience and to highlight individuals in the team who have made a difference. Thank you.
Rating 5.0
Carol the funeral director gave a compassionate, friendly and professional service. She made the painful process bearable and although there were a couple of minor hiccups on the day that were overcome with minimal fuss. Thanks to all at Bates for caring.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for your 5* review. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact our Client Relations Team on 0800 731 7171.
Rating 5.0
The staff were all so helpful during a very difficult time. Never having to had arrange a funeral before they led me by the hand and made the whole experience so much easier. This enabled me to concentrate on making things better for my 94 year old mother after losing her husband of 75 years.
Thank you.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on your online review. I am glad that all of your wishes and requirements were carried out by the team as you had requested.
Rating 5.0
We couldn't have received a better service. The help we were given with making all the arrangements was 1st class. The actual day went most smoothly, no hitches and everyone was so kind and helpful. On such a very sad occasion, when you need guidance and kindness around you, Bates & Son Funeral Directors did an excellent job and I would highly recommend them to anyone.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest quality of care for our families. 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
The staff at S A Bates have been such godsend as their expertise has made decision making an easy process. When you're going through such an upheaval in your life and feel the task at hand daunting it was a relief to rely on the staff to do some of the heavy lifting and make the whole experience as stress free as is possible at a time like that.Well done one and all.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
We are grateful of receiving your online review. We are glad that we were respectful of your needs at such a difficult time and I am pleased to hear the team looked after you and the family well.
Rating 5.0
We were very pleased with the service we received for the funeral of our Mother. It was difficult in these unusual times but the staff were very helpful, friendly and sympathetic. We felt that they went out of their way to do their utmost for us. We would recommend them wholeheartedly
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Your kind words mean a great deal to the team who always work very hard to deliver great care. 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
I may have already sent a review I can't remember but my feelings have not changed if I have.
Everyone at S A Bates was kind, helpful, and very considerate. Nothing was too much trouble. Any time I phoned for advice or help there always was a caring voice on the other end of the line whether it was Carol or Heather.

I am so grateful to them for making a very difficult time run so smoothly.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
We always appreciate receiving comments, it enables us to provide the right care for each family. It’s good to hear that you and the family received helpful guidance through this time and that we managed to make the day run as smoothly as possible for you.
Rating 5.0
Very impressed with the service and kindness shown and advice given. In particular on the actual funeral day and the help given and understanding shown to my father who has Alzheimer’s. I would recommend the service.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being open with us about the service we provided. The team will be very pleased to hear that their care and support made a difference to your family.
Rating 5.0
Helpful, sympathetic and very responsive. A very professional firm.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for your 5* review and lovely comments.
Rating 5.0
I found the staff at S A Bates to be very efficient and the whole process at such a sad time went very smoothly. A great service.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for these lovely words, it means so much to the whole team. I hope that our team has provided you with some comfort through this challenging time.
Rating 5.0
All the staff were extremely kind and helpful. They guided us through a quite traumatic time.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for your comments left as part of your online review. 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
Very helpful and caring people
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Your feedback is so valuable to us and we would like to say thank you.
Rating 5.0
Heather and the team at S A Bates were very kind and sympathetic when my mother passed away. They listened carefully to what we wanted, gave us time to think and acted very professionally to organise a day that was as we wished and which felt very calm at the time. Thank you all.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
I am glad you chose S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors to take care of your Mother and the team looked after you and the family well.
Rating 5.0
All staff at the Dunstable branch were superb at this sad moment in time for my family, I felt they went above and beyond and provided an excellent service along with precise guidance and advice, thank you all.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Our team are here to provide the highest level of service for you and we are happy this was achieved. 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 would like thank you so much for handling the funeral of our Mother.
Your whole team did a excellent job, everything was handled so professionally, sometimes it’s just the little things like photo’s and little flowers, wonderful touch.
Thank you
Mike / Carol
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Your feedback is so valuable to us and we would like to say thank you. I am pleased to hear that you found our staff to be professional and respectful at such a difficult time.
Rating 5.0
Excellent service, very helpful, nothing to much trouble, thank you very much.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for the kind comments posted on your online review. I am pleased it all went well for you and the family.
Rating 5.0
in such a difficult time..S A Bates dealt with everything from start to finish in a professional and sympathetic manner....thank you
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your experience with us on your online review. I am glad that we were able to provide you with the dignity and respect needed and that we were able to help make things easier for you at such a difficult time.
Rating 5.0
We dealt with two members of staff whilst arranging my brother's funeral, both of whom were more than helpful.
Arranging a funeral was a new experience for me, but my experience with Bates personnel couldn't have been any better. Thanks for all your help at such a sad time for us.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
We appreciate you leaving a review online for your experience with S A Bates & Son. I am pleased that we provided the highest level of care and guidance for you and your family.
Rating 5.0
The service that we received was very professional,but also in a very caring way. The lady we spoke to was really informative and helped us with her knowledge to make the right decisions.
Thank you.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your views with us on your online review. I am pleased to hear that our team were so accommodating and their recommendations were helpful.
Rating 5.0
Could not have asked for a better service. Help was always on hand to guide us through this difficult time .
Both Heather and Carol were fantastic and nothing was too much trouble. It is difficult to think how they could improve on their service. Thank you for your understanding and caring attitude.
Response from S A Bates & Son Funeral Directors
Our team are here to provide the highest level of service for you. I am happy that we were able to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of a difficult situation and make things easier for you.
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