Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors, Maidstone

With our Unattended Funeral from £995 and our Attended Funeral from £1,995, our Maidstone Funeral Directors will help arrange a fitting farewell for your loved one.
BASED ON 21 reviews
Rating 5.0

About our Maidstone funeral home

Here at Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors in Maidstone, we are dedicated to helping you at what is an emotional time. Providing a range of funeral services to the local community, we will ensure your loved one receives a dignified and heartfelt farewell.

From our funeral home on Brewer Street in Maidstone, we serve the surrounding community. Our central location makes us easily accessible to nearby villages and towns such as Allington, Downswood, New Hythe and Chatham. We are a long-established funeral directors, having had a reliable presence in the region since the 19th century.

At what can be a difficult time for you and your family, we are here to provide comfort and support. Our considerable experience within the funeral trade allows us to offer guidance and advice, when you need it, so that the funeral for your loved one is faithful to your wishes.

This means we are able to tailor the ceremony to your request, regardless of whether your preference is for a traditional, contemporary, religious or humanist funeral. For instance, if you choose to have a woodland burial, we will arrange it to meet your exact expectations. The same goes for a cremation, an uplifting celebration of life, or whatever style of funeral you decide to have.

There is a comfortably appointed chapel of rest in which you and your family can spend time with your loved one, should you wish. It was opened in a dedication ceremony by the former Bishop of Maidstone, the Right Reverend Graham Cray, and provides a calm and private space in which to take a moment of contemplation.

Our commitment to you is paramount and, if it is more convenient, we will open our funeral home outside of normal hours to allow access to the chapel of rest.

We at Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors are available 24 hours of the day. When you feel ready to talk, we will be here to listen.

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, Additional Options Price List and Crematoria 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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    From
    £995
    (Includes cost of cremation).
    (Includes cost of cremation).
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    The Unattended Funeral

    We will help you arrange a simple funeral consisting of a direct cremation without mourners present.
    From
    £995
    (Includes cost of cremation).
    (Includes cost of cremation).
    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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  • 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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    From
    £1,995
    plus £1,073 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    plus £1,073 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
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    The Attended Funeral

    A fully personalised funeral arranged and conducted by our expert teams in accordance with your exact wishes.
    From
    £1,995
    plus £1,073 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    plus £1,073 estimated third party costs for cost of cremation, doctor's fees and attendance of a celebrant or minister.
    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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Where to find us

Address

11 Brewer Street
Maidstone ME14 1RU
GB

Directions and Parking

We are towards the bottom of Brewer Street, opposite Brewer Street Doctors Surgery.

There is car parking available at the rear of the branch.

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 01622 677155

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

5.0
Rating 5.0
based on 21 reviews
Rating 5.0
The funeral was just as my wife wanted as she had planed it to the last minute and it went well, Medway crematorium is a nice setting.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for using our services for your loved one. I am glad that all of your wishes and requirements were carried out by the team as you had requested and we are incredibly grateful that you took the time to leave us this review.
Rating 5.0
What I found so special about P&B was the genuine nature of the people I dealt with. They were gentle and careful in their manner. I felt nothing was too much trouble, which at such a difficult time was most appreciated. Pat guided me through everything. Giving advice & support when I needed it.
Mum’s funeral was lovely and I’m so grateful to P&B.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience online with us. It helps other families in their time of need. It is always good to hear that individual members of our team have provided a service to you to the best of their ability. The team will be very pleased to hear that their care and support made a difference to your family.
Rating 5.0
Courteous, compassionate and caring - the Business manager took control of a difficult situation which, through an error by the medical profession, could have delayed the cremation - and through professional determination, avoided a distressful situation. Very grateful.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for using our services for your loved one. I am happy to hear that we were able to help ease any worries that you may have had and that the arrangements for your Wife were carried out to your satisfaction. It means a lot to the team for our clients to be able to share their experiences with us.
Rating 5.0
We have used Pickard and Beale before and have always been taken care of very well this time we used them Pat was very helpful and kept us informed and look after us Wayne made sure the funeral went as planned and all involved that day were excellent thank you
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
It is always good to hear that individual members of our team have provided a service to you to the best of their ability. 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 entrusting us with the care of another loved one.
Rating 5.0
I literally can’t recommend Pickard and Beale enough. My Dads death and funeral was undoubtedly a very difficult time but the staff, particularly Pat and Wayne were absolutely amazing, from start to finish. Thanks you x
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
I am glad that you and the family were well cared for. 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
I found the people I dealt with extremely compassionate and easy to talk to at a difficult time. All of my wishes were taken into consideration. On the day of my dad's funeral the staff were extremely professional and everything went as well as it could have. First class service.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
We are grateful of you using our services to provide something special for your loved one. I am glad that you and the family were well cared for and all of your wishes and requirements were carried out by the team as you had requested.
Rating 5.0
Excellent service, yet again. First used Pickard and Beale 10 years ago for my dads funeral, and now have just used them for my mums.
Did not even bother going anywhere else just went straight to them, dropped in on a cold call. Sorted everything immediately, went back two days later with the paper work from the hospital, settled the bill (direct cremation) and that was that.
Pricing was excellent, service was as before, amazing.
Will i use them again, well there's only me left to sort out... But i have asked in my will to be "processed" (can't think of a better description) by them.
They are the company you need at an awful time.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for entrusting with the care of another loved one. Our whole team are here to give compassion and support to each and every client and I am glad they did this for you.
Rating 5.0
A big thankyou to pat for helping us to arrange funeral for my late brother mr Robert Philpotts on 27th October. It was a lovely service and the staff were really kind and helpful and looked after me really well. I would like to thank pat who was really helpful with the arrangements
Many thanks to you all

Mrs Wendy smith
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
I am pleased to hear that our team were so kind and helpful to your family. Thank you so much for your lovely review.
Rating 5.0
As this is a very difficult time when one is bereaved this company were professional and compassionate, pre the funeral, on the day and afterwards. All the staff were empathic. Nothing was too much trouble, they were very understanding and we were allowed to sort things out at our own pace which they then facilitated. They tried to accommodate our requests as there were Covid19 constraints and certain policies needed to be adhered to. They are not the cheapest but I am pleased we used Pickard and Beale for our relative.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for your 5 star review. I noted that you have concerns over the price, if you would like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact the Client Relations Team on 0800 783 7171 they are available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday
Rating 5.0
All the staff are professional, friendly, understanding, polite and truly amazing, Pickard and Beale do not just concern themselves with your lost one they help the relatives through the grieving process as well. This is the third time I have lost a loved one and so grateful for the service I have received from all at Pickard and Beale thank you
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
It means a lot to the team for our clients to be able to share their experience with us. I hope that our staff have provided you with some comfort through this challenging time. 
Rating 5.0
All of the staff at Pickard and Beale Maidstone were very helpful and made the arrangements run smoothly, I would like to thank them.
Response from Pickard & Beale 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
Excellent service
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for your 5* review and comments.
Rating 5.0
On the behalf dawson family would like to say a big thank you to all at Pickard &bill for making the service to queenie dawson fior a lovely service and wonderful minster with many thanks barry dawson and family
Response from Pickard & Beale 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 managed to make the day run as smoothly as possible for you.
Rating 5.0
Very kind, caring and thoughtful staff.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for your 5* review and lovely comments.
Rating 5.0
Excellent, clear & empathetic.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for your 5* review and lovely comments.
Rating 5.0
Having to arrange a funeral for your loved one is a very difficult time.
From the first contact I made with Pickard and Beale they were kind and understanding. I made an appointment with a lady at Maidstone who has a great personality that helped to put you at ease, she was very polite and helped me through from choosing the coffin, arranging the funeral to the venue and the type of service, she made a difficult time, not so difficult. The lady put us in touch with someone who took the service and a funeral director both were also fantastic people. The day was well organised thanks to Pickard and Beale who were in contact with me from the start. I have had further contact from Pickard and Beale to check that I'm okay. The service they offer is of the highest professional standard, they treat people with the greatest respect and genuinely care. My thanks and gratitude to you all.
Response from Pickard & Beale 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 and it has been an honour to look after you and your loved one and to respond sensitively to your needs.
Rating 5.0
I have unfortunately had to use the service of Pickard and Beale on several occasions. I have always found them to be extremely compassionate and kind. Pat was very good at organising my Mums funeral and Stuart, the lead undertaker, shared great empathy and understanding.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for these lovely words, it means so much to the whole team. It has been a privilege to support your family and care for your Mother.
Rating 5.0
Everything was dealt with professionally, promptly and with compassion.
The staff are a credit to the business. I dealt personally with Pat and Stuart and both were very good.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
We are grateful of receiving your online review. I am glad that our staff went above and beyond to deliver the service you expected.
Rating 5.0
Everyone could not have been more helpful and pleasant at this difficult time. Everything went just as we wanted first class service can't praise them enough.
Response from Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us on your online review. I am glad that we were able to provide you with the care and support needed at this time and that we were able to ease any worries you may have had.
Rating 5.0
Pickard & Beale were very caring and Pat listened very attentively to our needs. Stuart was very professional and made me feel very comfortable with the proceedings at the crematorium. Funerals can be very sad but with the service given by the team we had a very sad but happy day.
Response from Pickard & Beale 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 all of your wishes and requirements were carried out as you had requested and that you were well looked after by our team.
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