Pickard & Beale Funeral Directors, Maidstone
About our Maidstone funeral home
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
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
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 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.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.
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.From£1,995plus £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.
Where to find us
Directions and Parking
There is car parking available at the rear of the branch.
Funeral Home Opening Times
|Day of the Week||Hours|
|Monday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Tuesday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Wednesday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Thursday||09:00 - 17:00|
|Friday||09:00 - 17:00|
24 Hour Availability
Supporting you along the way
What to do when someone diesIt’s perfectly normal to be unsure of what you need to do following the death of a loved one. These step-by-step guides will carefully explain everything you need to when someone dies, helping you through each stage of the process.Find out more
Planning a funeralOur guides on planning a funeral will ensure your loved one's send off is a personal and unique celebration of their life. We will explain how our Funeral Directors will help you plan a funeral service and support you at every stage.Find out more
The day of the funeralThis guide will explain what happens at a funeral; including the funeral procession, funeral service, committal service and the wake. We will be here to help you through every step of the journey.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 of our services
Mum’s funeral was lovely and I’m so grateful to P&B.
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.
Many thanks to you all
Mrs Wendy smith
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.
The staff are a credit to the business. I dealt personally with Pat and Stuart and both were very good.
They had the utmost respect for our Mum, and went over and above throughout the whole experience.