Evelyn’s Funerals

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  • Amanda Pink. Or occasionally her husband Adrian. Amanda has taken over Evelyn’s Funerals after the founder, Evelyn Temple, decided to take a backseat and concentrate on celebrancy. Evelyn had worked alongside Amanda and Adrian from Town and Country Funerals Ltd for some time, utilising their mortuary space when needed, so handing over the reins to Amanda was a natural fit.

    Formerly in the catering trade and subsequently spending time working for Surrey Police, Amanda met her future husband, the highly experienced funeral director Adrian Pink, when she joined a large corporate funeral director in their finance department. He was working there as regional manager, and when he decided to leave corporate life behind, she soon followed. Together they set up Adrian’s successful independent business, before the opportunity arose for Amanda to run her own company at Evelyn’s Funerals.

    “It’s a perfect, bespoke little business offering a bespoke personal service at an affordable cost for most families,” says Amanda, “I am delighted that Evelyn feels I am the right person to take over from her, as Evelyn’s Funerals is exactly how I think a funeral business should be. We do things in a simple, straightforward way with lower overheads, which means we can offer you a lower cost funeral service.”

    Amanda does everything (helped by Adrian when needed), from answering the phone 24 hours a day seven days a week, to collecting the body of the person who has died herself and caring for them until the funeral date. It will always be either Amanda or Adrian that speaks to you, and she will stay in close contact as the days go by. She will always call to let families know that their relative has been brought into her care, and clients know they can ring Amanda personally whenever they want, about anything. It’s this personal service that defines the business and has been part of the trademark of Evelyn’s Funerals since it began three years ago.

    Amanda has a background in bookkeeping and a very practical outlook on life. “I can’t see myself ever doing anything else,” she says. “I love this job. Every day is different, every family is important, every funeral I get nervous – but if I don’t get that butterfly in my tummy I’ll know there’s something wrong. I don’t ever want to get complacent, it’s too important to each family that everything is perfect.”

    The business is now run from Amanda and Adrian’s home in West End, Surrey, and Amanda visits clients in their own homes to discuss the funeral arrangements. She goes to collect the body of the person who has died herself with assistance from her husband or one of their part time assistants. Between the date of collection and the day of the funeral, people are kept in refrigerated conditions in the converted barn shared by the two companies, where their mortuary and coffin storage is also housed. If families want to spend time with the person who has died this can be arranged at either a local friendly funeral director’s chapel of rest, or in the Cemetery Chapel at Brookwood Cemetery for an additional fee. “We don’t include this fee in our normal service charge because not everyone wants it. We don’t believe in averaging out the costs so that some families subsidise others, each of our clients pays for exactly what they want from us and nothing more.”

    Costs are kept low by the lack of overheads in the business and by requiring full payment in advance from each client. This means that the company carries no bad debt, and enables them to continue offering a very personal service at a very modest rate. Assistance with home organised funerals, direct cremations and no fuss simple cremations are the hallmark of the service Evelyn’s Funerals offers, although any kind of funeral can be arranged if the client prefers.

    With the back up of Adrian’s knowledge and experience from his almost 30 years in funerals, Amanda has gained a huge amount of confidence and knowledge in recent years, which equips her well to grow the already successful business that covers Berkshire, Surrey and the Hampshire borders. They use a silver MPV vehicle as standard, but can hire in any type of vehicles you like if you want. On the day of the funeral Amanda will be dressed according to the family’s wishes – either in smart casual clothes, a smart navy or black suit or formally in full FD regalia.

    “I can’t see myself ever doing anything else,” she says. “I love this job. Every day is different, every family is important, every funeral I get nervous – but if I don’t get that butterfly in my tummy I’ll know there’s something wrong. I don’t ever want to get complacent, it’s too important to each family that everything is perfect.”

    Currently studying for her BIFD Diploma in Funeral Directing, Amanda managed to complete the previous Certificate in Funeral Service while working full time with Adrian developing his business – and also juggling babysitting duties for her grandchildren. She thinks good, positive training and qualification is reassuring for both the public and for herself, “It will give me and my families confidence”. When not involved with funerals, Amanda is an avid reader, and enjoys clay pigeon shooting, something her husband has introduced her to.

    Specific Gravity

    Straightforward, simple funerals with no fuss are Evelyn’s Funerals’ specialty, but if you want a traditional, full works funeral with Amanda in a smart black hat and suit paging a gleaming hearse, that’s what you’ll get. She believes that funerals are changing as people become more involved with planning the service that is right for them, and that unlike high street FDs, Evelyn’s is flexible enough to be able to offer a totally bespoke funeral for the more demanding modern client. They don’t offer packages; they listen carefully to clients and work with them to achieve exactly the type of funeral they require. Personal service is paramount and value for money comes a close second.

    What’s Important?

    Listening to clients and working with them to get the best possible funeral for them. And a personal continuity of care.

    What’s Different?

    Amanda will be happy to advise you without any obligation. Straightforward, uncomplicated and helpful, she is totally dedicated to each family she helps. Not many people would be willing to turn their dining room into a place where a family could spend time with their relative who had died – Amanda did this without turning a hair when circumstances made it difficult to arrange elsewhere

    Services

    • Prices here. Direct cremation £1550 all-in.
    • Your first call will be answered Amanda. Occasionally by Adrian
    • Home visits – Yes, this is standard
    • Family participation – Absolutely yes – this is positively encouraged. As much participation as you want.
    • Same sex person to wash and dress? Yes, no problem, either Amanda or Adrian will do this.
    • Embalming – They have adequate refrigeration, so don’t think embalming is necessary.
    • Ethnic specialism – Experienced in helping all faiths and ethnic groups
    • Home arranged funerals – Yes, happy to help families looking after a dead person themselves with advice or assistance as required. They often help families wishing to do most things themselves and encourage all families to participate in whatever aspect they feel able to.
    • Local celebrants – They have over 25 celebrants who they rate, and will try and suggest a few who are a good fit for families to speak to.
    • Website – Nice website, with a very good price estimator so you can have an at a glance total cost of the funeral director fees. We’d like to see Amanda featured on it but she’s only been in charge for a few weeks so this will hopefully come soon.
    • Client support – Totally supportive. You deal with Amanda throughout, she will keep you up to date and informed and be there whenever you need her to be.
    • Money matters – Extremely good value. Prices are online and clearly outlined. Full payment is required in advance of the funeral
    • Parking – As Amanda comes to your home to make funeral arrangements this isn’t normally an issue. Should you prefer to go to her house then parking is available in their drive.

    Remarks

    Evelyn’s Funerals began because Evelyn Temple started out creating personalised funeral ceremonies that put the beliefs, ideas and wishes of the person who had died (or their closest friends and family) at the heart of everything. Over time, Evelyn found people were asking for help with more than just the ceremony and just wanted a really straightforward and simple funeral without too much fuss. She grew her funeral business from these modest beginnings to the success it is today, and in Amanda’s capable hands we think it will continue to go from strength to strength. Great value and great service for anyone looking for a modern, unfussy funeral director.

     

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    Sarah

    Hello Amanda

    I just wanted to say again a big thank you on behalf of all my family.

    You have helped us through this awful experience and I thank you for your comparison understanding and professionalism.

    It was a beautiful fitting send off for such an amazing well loved man, we later let off 100 balloons and the sun came out just at that time.

    I know we all have a long way to go but we will all be there to look after Natalie and each other.

    Thank you once again for all your help.

    Regards Sarah
    (Nats sister )

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    Emma

    I have been meaning to get in touch to thank you so much for all that you did for us regarding the funeral of Adrian Thomson.

    Your professionalism, kindness and approachability was fabulous. Thank you Amanda.

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    Brian

    I don’t write reviews but had to on this occasion.

    You often hear the saying “you get what you pay for” and this more often than not refers to something that is of a sub standard or low quality.

    I admit that when I first approached Evelyn’s Funerals, that saying, and the fear of being new to bereavement did do the rounds in my head. This was primarily because they were so much cheaper than the usual suspects on the high street.

    Unlike others I had contacted, Amanda Pink was totally transparent with her pricing, which I found refreshing as no one wants to be ripped off when they are at their most vulnerable. The saving was a massive £2k compared to the quote I had received from probably the oldest and most popular Funeral Director in Aldershot.

    Being a bit OCD myself, I found it hard at first to let Amanda project manage the whole funeral, but I’m so glad I did. After her initial home visit, she organised everything from the Hearse, Limo, Pallbearers, Minister, Music, Order of Service & Collection Box.

    On the day of the funeral the cars were gleaming and on time, the drivers and pallbearers looked immaculate and were polite and courteous throughout the service. They treated Dad with dignity and the utmost of respect when delivering him to his final destination.

    Amanda took total control of the situation, first making sure everyone was seated and then making sure everyone had an order of service booklet. Derek the minister, who was recommended by Amanda was brilliant on the day. He had a fantastic tone whilst reading and singing, and transformed my typed eulogy into a great story.

    I couldn’t have wished for a better send off for Dad. Thank you Amanda, all the best Brian x

    P.s. If you are reading this and find yourself in the same unfortunate predicament as I did, don’t stress yourself out any further, just make that call, I’m glad I did.

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    Fabienne

    Evelyn’s funerals have provided us with extraordinary support from beginning to end for my mother’s funeral. Everything was done with great humanity and compassion, as well as being utterly professional. Some of it is really tough, and we definitely benefitted from having met Amanda before my mother passed away. She accommodated our every request and helped us to create an amazing service for Mum, as well as handling all the (often unpleasant) logistics with a minimum of fuss. Every detail was taken care of – flowers, donations, a last minute request for a viewing, a recalcitrant doctor, the beautifully personalised coffin, the hearse and cars on the day, recommending a fantastic celebrant (Belinda Forbes), marshalling our friends and family into an overflowing chapel, the ashes delivered personally… everything. We could not have been better looked after, and I would recommend Evelyn’s funerals wholeheartedly to anyone who wants a professional and very human collaboration for making funeral arrangements.

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    Carole

    A huge thank you for the love, care and great encouragement you are and have been.

    Thank you too, to your guys who were part of the funeral service and proceedings at Jock’s funeral. Totally beautiful and your attention to detail so greatly appreciated.

    The beautiful drive through town and laying of Jocks flowers, really the absolute treasure of all that you did to make the day perfect.

    The coffin was stunning, your service amazing, love and God’s blessings to you Amanda and to your team.

    Will always recommend your service, and when I go, if you are about, take it that you are in charge of the send off!!

    Love to you

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    Linda Symons

    Its hard to write just how amazing Amanda and Adrian were because I could honestly write a book. From the initial phone call to the issues we had relating to coroners release and the cremation itself their service is quality with a captial Q.
    The sincerity and warmeth shown to me and my family removed all awkwardness and demonstrated to us that there really are kind loving people left in the world and Amanda and Adrian were both that. The level of commitment they put in to making our brothers speciali day will remain in my memory forever. Kind warm loving special people thank you Amanda and Adrian from the bottom of our hearts. The Maunders family xxxxx

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    Alan

    We used Evelyn’s funerals for our son Neil’s funeral, we found them to be very reasonable on the costs for the service they provided.

    The thing we liked about them was the fact that all their prices are displayed on their website and they do not pressure you into having things you don’t want for your funeral, you choose what you want.

    The service we received was first class, and the compassion and dignity shown to us by Amanda and her team was outstanding. They made a difficult and distressing time much easier to cope with, I would thoroughly recommend them with no hesitation.

    Thank you Amanda and the team at Evelyn’s Funerals. Alan S.

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    Karen

    I just wanted to say a big thank you, for all your efforts on the 23rd. It was a very special day for us, a personal send off but still maintaining the traditions and dignity of a more traditional funeral.

    What we achieved was only made possible through your support and guidance at that difficult time. it was much appreciated and would have no hesitation in recommending you,

    I am so pleased we picked you, sometimes you just know something is right,

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    Fiona

    I was recommended Amanda and she really didn’t let us down. She helped us make a beautiful service and gave us such professionalism and empathy. As soon as I met her I knew my lovely mum would be in good, caring hands. I phoned Amanda a lot and she could never do enough to accommodate my worries or concerns.
    Thankyou for everything

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    Janice

    Hello Evelyn,
    We would like to thank you for the help & support you gave us during & after Alan’s death.
    It was so nice & helpful that you were able to come to us, as our children would never have been able to go to a funeral directors to sort out Alans affairs.
    You went beyond anything we expected, meeting me & helping me to see Alan & your support & guidance for our children was amazing, even up to the last day by collecting our collection boxes & keeping them out of our site on the day.
    We cannot thank you enough, the amount of people who came & said everything was so “Alan” says it all.
    Once again thank you for all your help & support.
    Janice

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    Sandra Holloway and family

    Amanda was very kind, patient & understanding. Everything was done so we had nothing to worry about.
    The service was exactly what we wanted.
    We cannot recommend them highly enough for their professional & personal service.

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    Maria

    Hi Amanda,

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all of your help with Dad’s funeral. We absolutely felt that we (and Dad) were safe in your hands, and that although we had selected a low-cost option, no corners were being cut and everything was still being done properly. You left us with absolutely nothing to worry about, before, on the day or afterwards.

    Your recommendation of Tony as a celebrant was definitely a good one, as he was a great match for us, and for Dad. Having decided to go for a colourful funeral, rather than traditional black, we thought that your purple fingernails were an inspired finishing touch!

    We will definitely be back in touch when it’s Mum’s turn.

    Thanks and regards,

    Maria

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    Dennis

    Dear Amanda

    On behalf of the Good family we would like to thank you for the caring and professional manner in the way you arranged for our late fathers funeral Mr Albert [Bert] Good.

    You took the time and trouble on the various occasions that you met with the family, to ensure that all arrangements were in hand and you also were able to advise us on other aspects outside of your remit.

    Finally on the day itself everything went smoothly as planned.

    Many thanks, Dennis & Family

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    Tommy

    We cannot thank Amanda and Fiona enough for all they have done to help make Dad’s send off a dignified and memorable one.

    They were always on hand to answer the questions we had, however big or small, with patience and respect.

    A very well organised company with good competitive prices.

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    Nick Willcocks

    We wish Amanda and Adrian the best of luck, with Evelyn’s Funerals, and also all best wishes to Evelyn. I remember a great couple of hours chatting with her recently. A charming lady.

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    Amanda Pink

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    Garrey thank you so much for your kind words, we will continue Evelyn’s work with the same dignity and compassion that she always provided for her families that turned to her for help.

    Kind Regards
    Amanda Pink
    Evelyn’s Funerals

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    Garrey Ashton

    I would just like to say that when my mother passed away fairly suddenly, I was left completely mentally numb and being in debt when she passed away, nothing was put in place for such an unexpected event.
    After the shock of visiting a few local and national funeral directors, I.e costs, a friend recommended Evelyn’s Funerals to me.
    After envisaging a funeral on a shoestring, Evelyn put together a package, that ensured my mother had the utmost of dignified funerals, and I know she would have been proud of me, and I will always feel so emotionally endebted to Evelyn, and i wish Angela and Adrian as much success in the business that Evelyn has so tirelessly and compassionately built to today. Xxxxxxxxxx