Your best interests are the priority of everyone who works with us
You can expect to be treated how we’d expect to be treated ourselves – with compassion, with respect and receiving the reassurance that we’re acting diligently and professionally on your behalf. Our experience means we take nothing for granted and we’ll take as long as is needed to listen to what you would like.
Throughout, you’ll be guided by experienced funeral directors and arrangers with the empathy to understand your situation. They’ll work hard in the background before, during and after the funeral to create a positive memory for the life being celebrated. You can rely on our discreet presence at all times – quietly making sure everything progresses smoothly but always on hand for anything you might need.
Meet the team:
Funeral Arranger – Swanley
Lorraine joined Doves Funeral Directors in 2016 having previously worked in hospitality and retail management. She has been involved in many charitable events in the area and lives locally.
Funeral Arranger / Administrator – Larkfield
Sue began working at Doves Funeral Directors in February 1998 as a Funeral Arranger as she wanted to help others through a difficult time. This was her first job after having her children, who she loves to spend time with. Before having children she worked as a Materials Controller.
She says she enjoys “spending time with my family and looking after me grandchildren.”
In her spare time she like to read, knit and do crosswords.
Funeral Arranger – Larkfield
Teresa began working at Doves Funeral Directors in 2015 as a Funeral Arranger. Before this she was a Carer.
She says she enjoys “being able to do everything I can for my families to make the funeral everything the family and their loved one would have wanted.”
She likes spending time with her grandchildren, reading and going on holiday.
Funeral Arranger – Maidstone
Hannah joined Doves Funeral Directors in 2017 having worked in the funeral industry for the last 8 years and prior to that working in the care sector working with the elderly and adults with learning and physical disabilities.
She says “I love my job and find it very rewarding. It’s a great privilege for families to put their trust in me to look after their loved one when they are at their most vulnerable.”
A single mum, living with her son called Woody and a mad cat called Dave! She has a very close, loving family who have taught her the importance of good family values.
She has been involved in many charitable events in the area and lives locally. She loves music, socialising and is a massive tennis fan.
Funeral Arranger – Sittingbourne
Julie has worked at Doves Funeral Directors since 2011. She is local to Sittingbourne, where she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Funeral Arranger/Administrator – Sevenoaks
Cheryl joined Doves Funeral Directors in 2016 having previously worked in insurance, where she dealt with Theft Claims. Working in that position led her to working with people at a very vulnerable time, which was very challenging.
She says “I enjoy all aspects of my job, as I enjoy meeting new people and building great relationships with our families, giving them all the support and guidance they need at a very difficult time. I find that the job is very rewarding as I feel it’s a privilege when I get to help families remember their loved ones in their own special way”.
Cheryl completed Race for Life 10k Run in July 2018 in Maidstone Mote Park with a time of 1 Hour and 30 Minutes on one of the hottest days of the year!
Diane joined Doves Funeral Directors in 2019 having previously worked in various roles in the education sector, including a General Foundation Lecturer at Sussex Downs College, Education Co-ordinator/ Assessor for The Prince’s Trust Team Programme, EFL Teacher for the UAE Embassy and Cabin Crew for British Airways.
She says “I enjoy working with families and ensuring that they receive a truly positive experience at such a difficult time. Every arrangement is different and every family’s needs are different. It is very rewarding knowing you have helped make the final goodbye for their loved one to be the best it could be.
I like the fact that every day is different and enjoy being involved in the local community.”
Diane enjoys walking, exploring the local countryside by bicycle and paddle boarding when she get the opportunity. She has done a skydive for a local hospice and raised over a thousand pounds!