The Funeral

When arranging a funeral, we take all requests with sensitivity and compassion, doing our very best to provide you with the perfect service for your loved one. As a result of this, we ask that all requests are as detailed as possible, with clear instructions, so that we can provide a service to your satisfaction. Our services range from the simplest funeral to the most elaborate. Whatever the extent of the arrangements, we are here to provide help and advice for all aspects of the funeral, whether it’s travel, tributes or legal matters.

At Havills, we are able to provide various elements to personalise the funeral. We believe that a funeral should be a celebration of life, therefore it is right that you represent your loved one in the right way. Our specialist services include a variety of hearses including the following; vintage hearse, horse-drawn hearse, motorcycle hearse. We are also able to provide musical accompaniment including a bugler and a Scottish piper. Service funerals can also be arranged. If you’d like any of these services please let us know and we can implement these into any plan.  

When arranging a funeral, you can rest assured that we will make every effort  to accurately estimate our costs. This also goes for any fees paid on behalf of the relatives of the Deceased, i.e. to cemeteries, crematorium, clergy, churches, doctors etc. These cannot be guaranteed on the initial estimate as they can vary considerably, however we will keep you informed at all stages of the planning and can guarantee no hidden costs. If you’re thinking ahead to the future, we also provide pre-paid funeral plans.

We know that it is an important part of the grieving process to make sure you’ve said a proper goodbye. For that reason, our Chapels of Rest are provided for families to visit if they so wish. If this falls outside of normal working hours, we can still help. Please telephone us on 01795666355 so we can ensure that a member of staff is made available for you.

Floral tributes are a beautiful way to remember your loved one and offer a great way to honour their personality. Any tributes that you have had made can be delivered to our premises on the day of the funeral so that we can make sure that everything is in order. At your request we will also remove any tribute cards after the funeral for placing in a memorial album. We are also available to help and advice on floral arrangements if you require additional support.

The certificate of death from the doctor must be taken to the Registrar. Deaths in the County of Kent (except Medway) may be registered at any of the main Registrar’s Offices provided by Kent County Council.

Helpful Information

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Department for Work and Pensions

Did you know that you may be able to obtain financial help from DWP? If you currently receive certain benefits from the government, you may be eligible to a contribution to go towards the overall cost of the funeral. You can find out further by going to

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Codes of Practice

Havill Funeral Directors are proud to follow the guidelines as set out by The National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF). This ensures that we deliver a high quality level of service, in keeping with the National body. Further information on these guidelines can be found at