Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors, Sunderland

With our Unattended Funeral from £995 and our Attended Funeral from £1,995, our Sunderland Funeral Directors will help arrange a fitting farewell for your loved one.
BASED ON 18 reviews
Rating 4.8

About our Sunderland funeral home

We are Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors in Sunderland, and we are dedicated to providing the highest standards of funeral care to every family that we work with. We were formerly known as A & N Duckworth, and have been serving the local community since 1950.

Our funeral home on Chester Road is kept to the highest standards, and tastefully designed to provide a warm and welcoming environment. We are easily accessible from the surrounding areas including Millfield, Barnes, Thornhill and Pallion. We also have a sister branch in Sunderland city centre.

We have two chapels of rest which you can use to spend time alone with your loved one prior to the funeral. Whenever you visit us, our kind, respectful professionals will treat you as if you were part of our own family, working closely with you to plan the perfect farewell for your loved one.

We are here to support you 24 hours a day, so please give us a call at any time that suits you. We are funeral directors you can depend on.

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 £1,124 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,124 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 £1,124 estimated third party costs
    Plus £1,124 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

200 Chester Road
Sunderland SR4 7HE
GB

Directions and Parking

We are on the same road as Sunderland Royal Hospital.

There is free parking available on the surrounding streets, and more paid parking nearby.

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 0191 510 2960

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

Find out what other local families are saying about us
4.8
Rating 4.8
based on 18 reviews
Rating 5.0
My father's funeral was conducted with great respect and dignity. All members of staff were very helpful and caring, especially Jamie. He was always readily available to give guidance and advice.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for using our services for your loved one. 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
Service was very good, talked us through every step, kept good contact with us by either telephone or email.
Very professional, thank you for all your help.
Stuart & Karen Tate
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
I am pleased that all of the arrangements were carried out to your satisfaction, thank you for these lovely words, it means so much to the whole team.
Rating 5.0
We used Alan Duckworth as we had previously used them for my Fathers Mother and Brother's funeral.

Although it was a difficult time, John was very clear in guiding us through the process and providing good advise especially with respect to Covid Restrictions.

Everything went to plan and so all we had to focus on was being there to say good bye to my Father and supporting my Mother.
Response from Alan Duckworth 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. The team will be very pleased to hear that their care and support made a difference to your family.
Rating 5.0
The service we received from the first day we met was excellent. The day went seamlessly and we couldn't be more grateful to Margaret and the team for their professionalism.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
We always appreciate receiving comments, it enables us to provide the right care for each family. 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
Service from every body was spot on. They explained from start to finnish what was happening. Kept in touch to see how every body was and if they could help in any way. Every thing was taken care of took the stress out of family sorting a funneral. We had taken a plan out. I would recomend taking one out. I have used Alan Duckworths twice and my friends also have used them .massive thank you for the support through out a very difficult time.
Response from Alan Duckworth 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
Everything regarding the funeral was taken care of professionally and with the greatest of empathy. The whole team completed everything we required in a timely manner and with no fuss or stress at the worst of all times. The team guided the family through various options and ensured they listened to the families needs. On the day of the funeral, Malcolm and his team were superb, timely empathetic and professional. What more could you ask for.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for your thoughtful and detailed 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
Always helpful and considerate. Helped out at every stage and with the current situation the whole process was made a lot more comforting.
Response from Alan Duckworth 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
All staff were friendly, helpful and compassionate, and offered a good service.
I would recommend to friends and family.
Horse drawn carriage was stunning.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Our team are here to provide the highest level of service for you and we are happy this was achieved. Thank you for your review.
Rating 5.0
Excellent service everything went exactly how it was meant to be for my dad couldn’t have asked for any more, a family coming together to say farewell to a dear dad, grandad and great grandad. Five star rated
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. I am pleased that the arrangements for your Father were carried out to your satisfaction and that it all went well for you and the family.
Rating 3.0
The team from Alan Duckworths were excellent. They were sympathetic, understanding and dignified. They supported and guided us through a very difficult time and as a family can not thank them enough for all they did
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for the kind comments posted 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
Excellent service. All the staff were very kind, caring and compassionate. I would highly recommend.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to complete the online review. I am pleased that you were so well looked after by our team and that we were able to provide you with the care and support needed at this time.
Rating 5.0
Everything was done as asked and more could not fault alan and his team one bit.
Excellent service
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for posting your review online. I am pleased that all of the arrangements were carried out to your satisfaction and that you were so well looked after by our team.
Rating 5.0
I was very happy with the service I received from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors. They were attentive, courteous, and supportive throughout the whole process. The funeral itself was just what I wanted. I would recommend them highly.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for posting your review online. I am pleased that all of the arrangements were carried out to your satisfaction and that we were able to provide you with the care and support needed at this time.
Rating 5.0
The most fabulous service at a very difficult time.We were helped at every level, the staff were friendly and most helpful, nothing was a trouble to them.The undertaker Sam Rutherford was just such a help. I would highly recommend this company.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to send your online review to us. I am pleased that we were able to look after you and your family at this difficult time.
Rating 5.0
Everyone extremely helpful at a very difficult time. Thank you.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for posting your review online. I am pleased we were able to help make things easier for you at such a difficult time.
Rating 5.0
Duckworths provides the usual efficient service from my first meeting to the day of the funeral. The gentleman Jamie , sorry don’t know his second name came to the house and went through all of the arrangements in a sympathetic but very efficient manor , he covered everything that was needed for the day. The funeral itself went very smoothly with no hitches at all , Alan Duckworth himself was on hand at all times. The staff in the Chester Road branch were more than helpful and very kind to my family when we went to see Mam in the Chapel of rest. I would recommend Duckworths at all times but hope not to need them too soon !
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for the kind comments posted on your online review. I am pleased that we were able to look after you and your family at this difficult time and that all of the arrangements were carried out to your satisfaction.
Rating 5.0
Excellent service from all at Alan Duckworth esp Margaret & Alan D.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to complete the online review. I am pleased that you were so well looked after by our team.
Rating 4.0
Kind friendly service and all wishes carried out as requested. Alan and the team are extremely professional.
Response from Alan Duckworth Funeral Directors
Thank you for taking the time to send your online review to us. I am pleased that you were so well looked after by our team and that all of your wishes and requirements were carried out as you had requested.
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