About Doves Funeral Directors
Doves Funeral Directors was founded by second-generation Funeral Director Sean Costello in the 1980’s, with the first premises in Bromley.
Doves Funeral Directors quickly established a local reputation for empathy and experience in supporting the community in planning funerals for loved ones and soon expanded the business across Kent. Many of the team at Doves are continuing a family history of funeral directing.
We have conveniently located funeral homes in Ashford, Larkfield, Maidstone, Orpington, Sevenoaks, Sittingbourne, Staplehurst, Swanley and Bromley and are proud to serve the people in those communities of many different cultures and faiths, as well as those with no religious beliefs.
The teams across Kent will provide advice at every stage of the funeral planning process, and will arrange an individual and unique funeral to help you celebrate the life of your loved one.
Here at Doves Funeral Directors we also offer an affordable prepaid funeral plan, Choice, so that you can arrange and pay for a funeral in advance. This will protect your family from rising costs and remove uncertainty about your wishes.
If you would like to talk to us about planning a funeral, or our Choice plan, please come and see us in any of our funeral homes, or if you’d rather we can arrange a home visit. We’re also available 24 hours a day on the phone so if you need anything please don’t hesitate to call your local funeral home.
Meet the Team
Funeral Arranger & Administrator
Rachel has worked at Funeral Partners since November 2016. She previously worked for RBS in their booking office as a Booking Co-ordinator, and then as a fine dining and events co-ordinator.
Racheal enjoys helping families and ensuring the team takes as much pressure off them during this difficult time. Also, meeting new people and building a relationship with families and the local community. She finds it very rewarding helping and guiding families to give the best goodbye possible to their loved ones.
Racheal is also a hobby baker and makes celebration cakes for her friends and family. She loves spending time with her two beautiful children, treating them to days out, the park and lots more.
Racheal deems herself as a very sociable person and love seeing her family and friends, going out for dinner, drinks and days out etc.
Christopher began working at Doves Funeral Directors in October 2020.
He says he enjoys “helping clients in their hour of need and giving their loved ones a funeral/send off they deserve, as well as looking after the deceased like they’re part of our own family.”
In his spare time he like going to the gym, gardening and spending time with his family.
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 – 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/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.”
She has three sons who several years ago all rode motorbikes, she decided to learn too, so had lessons on a 500cc, passed her test first time and bought a Suzuki SV650.
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!
Funeral Arranger / Administrator - Maidstone
Vivienne (Viv) started work at W F Groombridge Funeral Directors in 2010, following 8 years working in horticulture. She studied at Hadlow College where she qualified in garden design and even learnt to drive a forklift truck! Prior to that her background was in human resources with British Telecom International.
She says “I love working in the funeral business because you can build up relationships with the families, and it’s very rewarding to know you’ve helped to take some pressure off them at such a difficult time.
There is so much choice with funerals these days, and it’s lovely to help make each one special and to reflect the person who has died.”
Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her family including her two grandsons, eating out, and pottering about in the garden.
We take pride in everything we do. Our aim is that everyone who works for Funeral Partners shares our values.
Our business exists to help the bereaved to make fitting arrangements for their loved one’s last journey and to provide lasting memories for family and friends.
Respect for everyone
We value diversity and treat everyone with the same respect, courtesy and dignity.
We are a professional organisation and we strive to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do and to improve upon these standards continuously.
We accept responsibility for our actions both as a company and as individuals.
We believe that we can only achieve our goals by working together in partnership with client families, suppliers and our employees.
Gifts Donated to Pilgrims Hospice by Doves Funeral Directors, AshfordAugust 26, 2021 Read more
Father’s Day windowJune 18, 2021 Read more
£300 off Funeral PlansJune 1, 2021 Read more
Star-studded charity football match organised by Jamie Groves to raise thousands at Crystal Palace F.C.May 21, 2021 Read more
Life in the community – Issue 11 | Spring 2021May 19, 2021 Read more
Hamper donationApril 16, 2021 Read more
National Day of Reflection: United in MemoryMarch 25, 2021 Read more
250K steps challenge for British Heart Foundation: A Q & A with Funeral Arranger Rachel O’Donoghue about her recent fundraising efforts.March 25, 2021 Read more
Easter windowMarch 25, 2021 Read more