R C Payne & Son Funeral Directors, Bitterne
About our Bitterne funeral home
At a time of emotional upheaval, our team of Bitterne funeral directors is here to support you. We can provide guidance and comfort, helping you face some of the difficulties that arise following bereavement, while ensuring your loved one receives a personal farewell.
Having served the local community here in Southampton since 1887, you can be certain of a professional but compassionate standard of care. Established by Robert Chapman Payne, we have always been a part of Bitterne, starting from a house on Commercial Street (now a car park on the site of the old Percy Arms pub), before moving, in the 1930s, a short way down the road to our current premises.
Both the son and the grandson of our founder, along with his brother and nephew, have worked at our Bitterne funeral home, which over the years has undergone complete renovation.
All types of funeral can be arranged from either here, or, if you are unable to visit, your home. So whether you want an unattended cremation, religious or humanist ceremony, a traditional service or something a little more out of the ordinary, we will give you the opportunity to pay your respects in an appropriate and heartfelt manner.
You can find our funeral home on Bitterne Road East, putting us within easy reach of the surrounding areas in Southampton, such as Harefield, Itchen, Thornhill and Weston. We have a chapel of rest on the premises, allowing you to spend time with your loved one in a peaceful and private environment, on a day of your choosing.
The friendly team at our Bitterne funeral directors is always available to help in a time of need. You can contact us 24 hours of the day and there will be somebody ready to listen. To arrange your loved one’s funeral,
What we offer
- Advice from our funeral experts on all aspects of funerals in Southampton
- Tailored funeral arrangments, meeting the wishes of you and your family, or your loved one.
- Comprehensive local knowledge of Bitterne and Southampton
- Cremations and burials at any funeral site throughout Southampton
- Funerals for all faiths and cultures
- The visiting of your loved one in our chapel of rest
- A range of funeral vehicle options, both traditional and bespoke
- Funeral memorials and personal tributes
- Various prepaid funeral plans
Funeral Services with distinction
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.
Our funeral services
View our Standardised Price List and Additional Options Price List.
The Unattended FuneralWe 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.Find out more
The Unattended FuneralWe will help you arrange a simple funeral consisting of a direct cremation without mourners present.Our costs from£995Includes all necessary third party costsIncludes all necessary third party costsOur 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 Attended FuneralA 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.Find out more
The Attended FuneralA fully personalised funeral arranged and conducted by our expert teams in accordance with your exact wishes.Our costs from£1,995Plus £1,013 estimated third party costsPlus £1,013 estimated third party costs
Where to find us
Directions and Parking
We have a car park you can use at the rear of our funeral home.
Funeral Home Opening Times
|Day of the Week||Hours|
|Monday||08:30 - 16:30|
|Tuesday||08:30 - 16:30|
|Wednesday||08:30 - 16:30|
|Thursday||08:30 - 16:30|
|Friday||08:30 - 16:30|
24 Hour Availability
Supporting you along the way
What to do when someone diesProviding step-by-step information of what to do immediately following the passing of loved one, our guide carefully explains the necessary processes when someone dies.Find out more
Planning a funeralHelping you to plan your loved one's funeral, our guide provides advice and guidance on what, with the help of our funeral directors, you need to consider.Find out more
The day of the funeralWhat happens on the day of the funeral, both before, during and after the service? This guide sheds a little light on what to expect.Find out more
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 for our funeral directors in Bitterne
They showed dignity and respect to us and our loss.
I would have no hesitation in recommending, to anyone, the services of R C Payne & Son Funeral Directors.
Care and consideration for the different family members needs was handled with compassion and consideration.
Thank you for all.
Nothing was too much trouble. Matthew regularly contacted us to with updates and to check if there was anything he could do.
The funeral arrangements were not of the simplest but everything was done to ensure we were reassured and confident all would be well.
It was. Matthew acted more like a friend and Payne's service cannot be faulted.
There was frequent contact to keep us updated which was very welcome.We could not of asked for anything more!
I would highly recommend them.
I am very grateful for all the assistance we were given and offer a very sincere thank you to your 'front office' gentleman for his unfailing support.
During what is obviously a very trying and upsetting time they were very professional but also showed a human side. Nothing was too much trouble and the communication was second to none. E-mails and phone calls every step of the way.
As a family we all have a rather odd sense of humour, but at no time were we made to feel that we were being either disrespectful or weird in our attitude. Staff accepted that this jokey manner was how we dealt with our grief. That being said they were always on hand with a tissue box when needed.
Matt and Co, a big big thank you to you all for making Mums funeral go so smoothly, from picking us up at home, organising things so that my son and nephews could carry mums coffin, making sure everyone was where they were supposed to be, to dropping us off at our venue afterwards. You all did us proud. xXx