Richards Funeral Directors, Witham

With our Unattended Funeral from £995 and our Attended Funeral from £1,995, our Witham Funeral Directors will help arrange a fitting farewell for your loved one.
BASED ON 29 reviews
Rating 4.9

About our Witham funeral home

Here at Richards Funeral Directors, we have been helping the families of Witham arrange unique and dignified funerals since 1842. Our many years of experience enables us to help you and your family through this difficult time.

Our funeral directors on Newland Street are kind and compassionate, and here to ease any concerns you may have.

You and your family are our priority, and we will do everything we can to help you make the day of your loved one’s funeral special.

Call us at any time and we will be there for you.

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 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 £1,172 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,172 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 £1,172 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,172 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

78 Newland Street
Witham CM8 1AH
GB

Directions and Parking

We are on Newland high street, between Maggie's salon and McColl's newsagents.

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 01376 513114

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 29 reviews
Rating 5.0
Richards provided nothing less than a empathetic and outstanding service to myself and my family.
They were extremely professional through-out the whole process and went above and beyond to cater for our needs through the saddest days of our lives.
Thank you to Debbie, Cheryl and the team for being so wonderful. You truly will be in our hearts forever and gave our father/ husband a send off to remember.
Thank you again.
The Revetts
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
We really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being open with us about the service we provided. 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 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.
Rating 5.0
The staff team both (D and S) were very helpful and respectful, talking us through the process and at the end of the phone when we needed to ask random questions.

The funeral itself went well, everything as we had asked for.

The keepsake box given to us at the end of the service was a nice touch as were the follow up calls to check everything had been as we had hoped for.

We used the same Funeral Director for my Dad twenty years ago and the service is as good now as it was then. Thank you both so much, our family would thoroughly recommend your service.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your sentiments with us regarding your experience. I am pleased to hear the team looked after you and the family well. Your feedback is always valuable to us.
Rating 5.0
All of the staff were extremely personable, professional and very understanding and dealt with every query sensitively for us. They were very accommodating and responsive with our queries and really ensured a difficult time went as seamless as possible, which also helped to relieve any stresses and emotional times.

Thanks in particular to Debbie and Cheryl at the Witham branch, we really appreciate your help and support in making sure Dads funeral went to plan.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
I am pleased to hear that you found our staff to be professional and understanding and I am glad that the team looked after you and the family well during this difficult time. Thank you.
Rating 5.0
The whole service from beginning to end was excellent, caring and considerate. From the day they were first involved Richards Funeral director talked to us at every step of the way and made sure our wants were adhered to. The planning for the day was clear,concise and well organised and when help was required it was always there. Come the day of the funeral and serivce Cheryl and the team were excellent carrying every request like a well oiled machine but always remembering to treat our families with respect.
We would thoroughly recommend their services.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
I am pleased to hear that our team were so kind and caring to your family. Thank you for taking the time to send us your online review. Your feedback is always valuable to us.
Rating 5.0
The death of our mother was no surprise, as she had not been well for some time. It was a comfort that she has paid for a funeral plan in advance through Age Concern. This made dealing with the Funeral Directors, and Debbie(I think/hope),so much easier. Everyone at Richards was most helpful and understanding. We cannot fault all concerned for the attention paid for facilitating a dignified funeral process. The Chapel Service at the cemetery offered something of a challenge, given the seating arrangements and the available space to manoeuvre the coffin, but this well met by Cheryl and her team. The coffin was taken for interment in the usual way. A big thank you for making this day an uneventful event!
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for your 5 star review. I am sorry to note that there were some challenges but I am glad that these were addressed for you. If you would like to discuss this further please contact our Client Relations Team on 0800 783 7171, they are available Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm.
Rating 5.0
This has been such and emotional time for my family and we werent sure how we were going to deal with planning a funeral but Cheryl and the team were fantastic, taking their time to assure us of every step taken and that the care of our loved o e was their top priority, we cannot thank RJ hard enough.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
We understand how important it is to keep families informed and I'm pleased that our team did exactly that for you. Thank you for sharing your experience with us on your online review.
Rating 5.0
From the first meeting the staff I dealt with were very polite, caring and professional but were also prepared to show a sense of humour, which can be very helpful at a time like this.
All I can say is that I would recommend these people to anyone
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your views with us on your online review. I am pleased the team looked after you so well.
Rating 5.0
Richards Funeral Directors dealt with my father’s funeral. I found them easy, sympathetic and professional to deal with. The day itself passed off without any issues and others that attended said what a lovely ‘Send off’ it was.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for leaving a review online. It is comforting to know that the team were there to support you through this time and relieve some of the pressure through guidance and support.
Rating 5.0
Very kind helpful and professional during a very upsetting and stressful time. A special Thankyou to Cheryl who helped me a lot and made sure it went so well on the day. Would recommend Richards to my family and friends
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for your thoughtful 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
Cheryl was outstanding from the first conversation up to the day of dad’s funeral and conversations after, I could not of asked for any more as nothing was any trouble.

Ralph was outstanding as he show my late dads four grandsons how to carry the coffin into the chapel, and when we exited the chapel Ralph showed us through to the flower area and explained the other flowers would be brought out shortly.

I would like to say a big thank you to Cheryl and all of the staff at Richard’s Witham for making or sad day into a pleasant one as everything was carried out to a very high standard, due to government guide lines.
Response from Richards 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 staff were all very supportive and helpful at such an upsetting time. They made sorting the funeral a lot less stressful and guided me through the process with great sensitivity. I would recommend Richards as a thoughtful and caring company.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
We are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this review. It is good to know that we managed to make the day run as smoothly as possible for you.
Rating 5.0
Debbie at Richards was fantastic at guiding me through what was a difficult & sad time. She was professional & patient. The service provided by Richards was compassionate, but focussed & I would highly recommended them.
Response from Richards 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
Excellent pre and during service. All things explaine very well. A very smooth funeral indeed.
Response from Richards 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
All of the arrangements and the funeral itself were handled excellently by Richards
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your sentiments with us regarding your experience.
Rating 5.0
I mainly dealt with Cheryl. She was lovely. She was very attentive, very understanding and very supportive. I would certainly recommend Richards generally and Cherly in particular to anybody who had to go through the same experience as myself
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
We appreciate you sharing your experience with us. Your comments will help us to ensure we are able provide the right level of care to our families and I am pleased that we gave the highest level of care and guidance for you and your family.
Rating 5.0
The team at Richards were very knowledgeable and helped with every part of the arrangements and put us in touch with an excellent civil celebrant. The funeral went very smoothly indeed.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Our team are here to provide the highest level of service for you and we are happy this was achieved. I am glad that you confided in us as a team to take care of your loved one.
Rating 5.0
Richards in Witham were very kind, helpful & supportive all the way through. They kept in regular contact & advised us on all aspects of the funeral. They were very professional and very kind.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for the kind comments posted on your online review. I am glad that our staff went above and beyond to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
From the beginning to the end of the process I was very impressed with the professionalism of Richards Funeral Directors, nothing was to much trouble, and everything was perfect on the day. Thank you very much. Best Regards, Adrian Page
Response from Richards 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
Professional and always understanding of the needs of respect and dignity at all times. Cannot fault them in any way.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for your online review. I am glad that we were able to provide you with the dignity and respect needed at this time and that the service was carried out to your satisfaction.
Rating 5.0
I was advised of all associated matters regarding the cremation and everything went according to plan. Staff were kind and helpful and I would like to state my appreciation for their services.
Response from Richards Funeral Directors
Thank you for posting your review online. I am pleased that you were so well looked after by our team and that all of the arrangements were carried out to your satisfaction.
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