Amanda-Louise Funeral Director BA (Hons) - Your Local Privately Owned, Funeral Director & Services supporting families in Somerset and Devon creating life affirming funerals

Amanda-Louise Lady Independent Funeral Directors

When you place your trust in Amanda-Louise, you can expect the highest standards of professionalism and understanding, compassionate personal care, discretion and support, choice and value with a truly distinct service, whatever your needs and budget.

Let our strength help you find yours - with care and compassion Amanda-Louise Funeral Directors are here to guide you through life's heaviest moments. Call Amanda-Louise on 01643 800335 - when a death occurs we are available 24/7.

At Amanda-Louise, Our Clients Are At The Heart of All That We Do

We are a supportive & distinctive Funeral Directors in Somerset. Our main funeral home in Minehead & being mobile means, we are wellplaced to support local families including Taunton, Bridgwater, Tiverton & surrounding communities in your own home. Some families request for us personally, so we travel further. Our places of rest are Minehead & Taunton.

Personal Message To You, From Amanda-Louise:
"Hello and welcome to my trusted awarded independent funeral director services here in our beautiful West Country region of England.

As a woman led business, we are modern forward thinking and client focused, aimed to give the best service you want recognising "one size" doesn't fit all, so whether you want a traditional, modern, natural, contemporary or even a funeral that's created from scratch to totally shine the very essence of the person whom we are commemorating; you will receive the most highest caring personal specialist services to meet all the needs of you and your loved ones - because how we treat the living, the departed and our future generations really matters to us.

Our wealth of experience over the years drives us forwards to provide a genuine quality, respectful service to the deceased, to be more than a listening ear to the bereaved families, and to prioritise the funeral ceremony (or memorial/celebration of life after the funeral) as its very important to ensure its thought through carefully, so that everyone gets the ceremony they need where our inhouse celebrant services provides you value for money.

With our knowledge, we can open you up to a world of possibilities, without overwhelming you, whether you want a quiet simply affair to a flamboyant one. With our business practices from our meticulous logistically planning support in the right format and stepping stone approach, ensuring on the day of the funeral it will happen smoothly and everything will happen at the right place, pace and time.

With us, its not just a career or a job, its a vocation and very humbled by the accolades achieved and importantly the feedback our families have given us; showing me our understandings and expertise support provided has meant together, they had a funeral that worked for them, honoured their loved one and helped them to move on in their amazing journey called life; step by step.

We also help people to plan their funeral before they die, from our free funeral checklist for you to complete at home, to organising family gatherings in our office so together they have all contributed to the decision making, our organised visits to local crematoriums to see their surroundings, Celebrant services to produce a "living funeral" creating their own lasting memories into own prepared eulogy, to prepaid finance plans.

I invite you to travel through this website continuing to get the essence of who we are, the local charities we support and how we combat towards climate change. You'll find an abundance of helpful practical solutions and advice, as well as our comprehensive range of services for everything you may want and need for a funeral, or memorial celebration of life gathering under our one house; ranging from coffins to keepsakes, floristy to buy or hire, vehicles of all shapes, funeral reception venue, catering and hospitality, celebrants officiants and so much more.

So if you have experienced a loss, please accept my heartfelt condolences - I'm here to help you anyway I can, and it starts with you saying "hello" - office telephone 01643 800335 (or my mobile is 07879-220046) or email me: office@amandalouisefuneralservices.co.uk

Sending you my warmest Regards, Amanda-Louise"

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Our Funerals

Choosing the right services for a funeral can be stressful. We take that stress away by helping navigate the various decisions you have to make.

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Our unrivalled value

We welcome everyone. We are here to ease your burden, help you process your grief and provide your lost loved one with a memorable farewell that honours their life and strengthens their legacy. We will walk by your side, look after every detail, so you can focus on healing before, during and after the service. We’ll support your family and community, so let our strength help you find yours.

Our surroundings are designed to be a peaceful and comfortable place, so in your own way, to give you the time and space you need to say goodbye.

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YOUR NEXT STEPS

Arranging a funeral can feel overwhelming, so for practical advice click here.
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Find out the process from our initial chat, our quotation, booking us and want to expect, click here.

We are here to talk with you, when you are ready. Our telephone is 01643 800335 or in emergencies its 07879-220046.

  • We are Specialists – not only are we empathetic showing endless compassion for families and communities in grief with our trained counselling skills, but also in the funeral director industry sector. We also have a robust background in planning occasions that are traditional, modern or natural in their approach including many religious denominations. This means we can support you to have a private, dignified and peaceful goodbye, or one that echos the very essence and joy of the person’s being, to even those flamboyant themed party send-offs.  

  • We are Trustworthy – since opening we have gained a reputation for care we provide, and have received a number of accolades and awards. In addition we belong to recognised associations in the industry. Your loved one will be looked after by our caring team, and remain with us in our funeral home until the day of the funeral. If you want to be involved in that care from dressing them in your favourite clothing, painting nails or adding aftershave for example, that’s fine. Alternatively if you would like a tour of our mortuary and facilities, then just let us know, as we want to assure everyone that using our services is a safe option.

  • Our Commitments –  not all funeral providers are the same. Unlike online funeral cooperations, we do NOT use the 24/7 cremation centres the other side of the country. We prefer to use local crematoriums and offer you a personal face to face service, rather than a telesales approach. You are most welcome to come into our funeral home, or many of our clients like us to visit them in their own homes across Somerset, Devon and sometimes further afield. We're also committed to lessen your stress by offering everything you may need for a funeral or celebration of life under our one roof. Plus our positive social impacts and sustainability pledges demonstrate our support to our communities and our planet.

  • Our Independence– being a privately locally owned business means we are flexible, consistent in our approach and go the extra mile for you, as we believe this is our vocation and not just a job. We hold strong our values and behaviours, believing how we treat the living, the dead and our environment really matters to us, plus our policies and procedures underpin what we do and hold us to account of our quality services. You will find us transparent in providing you with choice, information and prices, to empower you to make the decisions right for you.

  • Our Women’s Understanding – our families tell us our understanding, discretion, sensitivity, honesty and our time afforded to you, goes along way. You will find us with a smile, a shoulder to lean on, a hug when you need it, an ear to listen, and our roll up our sleeves attitude means we will do everything in our power to ease some of the burden from you, by your side every step of the way.  We are passionate to offer genuine choice, support and value, whatever your budget. Our door is always open to our families after the funeral, as we know grief isn’t just for one day, so our kettle is always on if you wish to pop in for a chat, or attend one of our social events. We are here for adults and children to help comes to terms of a loss.

Our Services & Prices

Compare the prices of different types of funerals but clicking the tabs below

Funeral Directors Minehead, Somerset
Traditional Funeral (Cremation or Burial)

Traditional Funeral (Cremation or Burial)

This choices provides everything you may need, superior coffin, hearse with bearers, flowers, newspaper notice, orders of service, full planning support and as much time as you need to spend with your loved one.
From £2375 + £650 + coffin + cremation/officiant from £1067 - example total £4192

Overview Included in Our Complete Traditional Choice fees:-

·      Collection locally (day or night) of the person who has died to be cared for in our mortuary (fee based on up to 21 nights), as much time as you need to have private time with your loved one in our funeral home before funeral if required and/or change of clothing

·      Support to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed

·      You choose location, time, date of cremation or burial

·      Superior oak veneered raised lid standard size coffin with traditional hearse with 4 bearers who will carry coffin

·      A5 x 50 Orders of Service, 3ft coffin spray, newspaper announcement, online notice

·      We collect on your behalf if required the cremated remains and can deliver these to you locally (if cremation)

Overview Things to Consider:-

     
  • Opportunity to have stops on route to crematorium or cemetery if required
  • Surcharge will be added if you desire the following additional options ie longer distance collections, an extended stay with us, alternative coffin, additional bearers
  • You need to pay for cremation or cemetery fees, minister or celebrant fee, and statutory medical cert if required. Cremation or burial fee payable on booking with th balance by 3 days before funeral. The Government (DWP) may grant for those eligible a Funeral Expenses Payment to help towards some of the costs. Prices are correct at time of publishing.
Bespoke Funeral (Cremation or Burial)

Bespoke Funeral (Cremation or Burial)

Our attended funerals with no restrictions on funeral or ceremony, with the full and flexible support of Amanda-louise funeral director and team
From £1240 (our funeral director fees)

Overview Included in the Bespoke Funeral (Cremation or Burial) choice fee:-

  • Collection of the person who has died, to be cared for in our mortuary (fee based on up to 14 nights)
  • The ability to visit them and have them dressed in their clothes, should you wish
  • Support with completing all the necessary paperwork – we'll guide you step by step
  • You choose the time, date and location of funeral (subject to availability)
  • Ceremony – designed to your choosing, organised by us
  • Funeral choices such as coffin and vehicles – you'll need to choose these &add them onto final cost

Overview Things to Consider:-

  • This package is our full and flexible option, designed to give you choice to have a personal send-off, with no restrictions on possibilities from traditional to alternative. So you choose and add on the cost of the coffin, what hearse you desire, and which crematoria or cemetery you prefer, if you want pallbearers, any stops on route to funeral or at home or church the night before, any flowers, orders of service, pallbearers, longer distance collections, extended stay with us for example
  • Deposit made up of third-party disbursements is required on booking with balance by 3 days before funeral. If cremation and Coroner has NOT been involved, then you will need to add on (currently its £82)to pay for doctor's fee to complete medical paperwork. The Government (DWP) may grant for those eligible a Funeral Expenses Payment to help towards some of the costs. Prices are correct at time of publishing.
Minehead Funeral (Cremation)

Local funeral service in West Somerset

A Minehead funeral service held at our funeral home with unattended direct cremation thereafter
From £2840 includes cremation fees

     

Overview Included in Our Minehead Funeral Choice fees:-

  • Local collection of person who has died in office hours to be cared for in our mortuary for up to 2 weeks
  • Ability to change clothing and/or a chance to say private goodbye in our peaceful facilities
  • Use of our Minehead funeral home to hold ceremony for up to 50 people with Celebrant officating ceremony
  • Support to complete necessary paperwork - we choose date, time and location of cremation
  • Typically, veneered standard size coffin
  • Suitable vehicle to transport coffin to the crematorium for unattended cremation only service
  • Third Party Fees Included - Cremation fee

Overview Things to Consider:-

  • No-one to attend crematorium, and we choose date, time and location of funeral committal. The funeral is to take place within 2 weeks.
  • Surcharge will be added if you desire the following additional options ie longer distance and/or out of hours collections, an extended stay with us, more than one viewing or out of hours in our chapel of rest
  • Medical fee to be added if appropriate
  • Deposit made up of third-party disbursements is required on booking with balance by 3 days before funeral. The Government (DWP) may grant for those eligible a Funeral Expenses Payment to help towards some of the costs. Prices are correct at time of publishing.

Direct Unattended Cremation

Direct Unattended Cremation

It involves a cremation only - at a date, time and typically location chosen by us, and does not include a funeral ceremony or any family or friends present.This is the most affordable funeral that we provide. Opt for the bronze essentials only, or upgrade to silver bronze essentials if you feel its too basic
From £1295 (includes funeral director fees + third party essential costs)

Overview Included in Our Direct (Bronze Essentials) Cremation Choice fees (All the Essentials):-

  • Collection locally, of the person who has died, to be cared for in our mortuary (based on up to 14 nights)
  • Support to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed
  • We choose the time, day and location of crematorium (no attendance of family and friends)
  • The essentials– simple coffin, appropriate vehicle to convey coffin to crematorium, cremation & medical cert fees (where applicable)
  • Collection and care of the cremated remains in our funeral home, if required for your collection

Overview Things to Consider:-

  • No Ceremony/Service or anyone attending, and we choose date, time and location of funeral committal. The funeral is to take place within 2 weeks.
  • This package is our lowest cost funeral choice. Surcharge will be added if you desire the following additional options, for example longer distance collections, and extended stay with us
  • Opportunity to upgrade to direct silver essentials, providing ability to spend time in our funeral home with your loved one and/or dressing into other clothing from £1495
  • Full payment is required on booking. The Government (DWP) may grant for those eligible a Funeral Expenses Payment to help towards some of the costs
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Direct Attended Cremation

Direct Attended Cremation

It involves a cremation only - at a date, time and typically location chosen by us, and does not include a funeral ceremony or any family or friends present.This is the most affordable funeral that we provide. Opt for the bronze essentials only, or upgrade to silver bronze essentials if you feel its too basic
From £ (includes funeral director fees + third party essential costs)

Overview Included in Our Direct Attended (Gold Essentials) Cremation Choice fees (All the Essentials):-

  • Collection locally, of the person who has died, to be cared for in our mortuary (based on up to 14 nights)
  • Support to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed
  • We choose the time, day and location of crematorium (attendance of up to 6 family and friends)
  • The essentials– simple coffin, appropriate vehicle to convey coffin to crematorium, cremation & medical cert fees (where applicable)
  • Collection and care of the cremated remains in our funeral home, if required for your collection

Overview Things to Consider:-

  • No Ceremony/Service or anyone attending, and we choose date, time and location of funeral committal. The funeral is to take place within 2 weeks.
  • This package is our lowest cost funeral choice. Surcharge will be added if you desire the following additional options, for example longer distance collections, and extended stay with us
  • Opportunity to upgrade to direct attended gold essentials, providing ability to spend time in our funeral home with your loved one and/or dressing into other clothing from £
  • Full payment is required on booking. The Government (DWP) may grant for those eligible a Funeral Expenses Payment to help towards some of the costs
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Simple Attended Cremation

Simple Attended Cremation

This simple yet dignified farewell aims to help people wanting to keep the price in check but still have a meaningful service and cremation, without some of the traditional elements held only during early morning
from £1550 + £500 coffin + £850 crematorium cost - example total £2900

Overview Included in Our Early Morning Cremation Choice fees:-

·      Collection locally of the person who has died to be cared for in our mortuary (fee based on up to 14 nights), an opportunity to have private time with your loved one in our funeral home before funeral if required and/or change of clothing

·      Support to ensure all necessary paperwork is completed

·      You choose 8.30am, 9am or 9.30am Mon-Fri Taunton or Sedgemoor Crematoriums (other locations available) for up to 20 people in attendance

·      The essentials – dignified coffin (typically cherry veneered traditional standard size coffin), appropriate private vehicle to convey coffin to crematorium, cremation fees

·      We collect on your behalf if required the cremated remains and you collect from our funeral home within one month

Overview Things to Consider:-

     
  • 9am or 9.30am at local Crematorium - booking for earliest availability with up to 20 people at crematorium in chapel for informal ceremony for approx 10 minutes, opportunity to have music, read poem, appropriate words said in tribute. Use of our private vehicle to convey coffin to funeral, and using trolley into chapel
  • Surcharge will be added if you desire the following additional options ie longer distance collections, an extended stay with us, or you wish to have a minister or alternative celebrant, alternative coffin, traditional hearse and bearers
  • Crematorium costs required on booking with balance by 3 days before funeral. The Government (DWP) may grant for those eligible a Funeral Expenses Payment to help towards some of the costs. Prices are correct at time of publishing.

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‘I just wanted to thank you for dad’s funeral. It was presented so beautifully and the personal letters to us all was a really thoughtful touch. I know Mum is grateful too, she thought you did a wonderful job celebrating Dad’s remarkable life. He truly was one of life’s funny and happy people. In addition, your support and gentle manner on the day of Dad’s funeral hasn’t gone unnoticed either. Thank you for introducing yourself to my son….and offering him some reassuring words as well as noticing the scarf he was wearing for his Grandad.’

Donna W

Dear Amanda-Louise, I am writing this card to say a HUGE thank you for all your help and expertise, that I found so helpful while organising my son's funeral service. It was so comforting to have you by my side along that path, and it was wonderful having you conduct the service on the day. You were so calm and professional, and gave me the strength to get through it. I would not have the slightest hesitation in recommending you and your services. thank you! Warmest regards Sally

Sally Priddy

‘Amanda-Louise was from the outset very friendly, caring and thoughtful. Such a good service provided to us in our time of grief and the service was more than we than we could have expected. I feel like I have known her for years and that if I ever need to talk she will be there for me.’

Lesley W

'Amanda gave us as a family, the service we wanted and that my dad would have been very happy with and arranging to have him brought back to Northern Ireland with us and accompanying him on his final journey . Nothing was too much trouble for Amanda and she is a very kind and understanding lady.'

Rachelle Coggins

‘Beautiful service for my late husband John. Amanda did him proud, she took the service with feeling and respect. Thank you Amanda.’‍

Pippa B

Dear Amanda, our deepest appreciation and heartfelt thanks and gratitude go out to you for the lovely service you gave for our Mum/Sister and Nan Myra. Although a day of sorrow for all the family and friends, you helped the day pass with an air of smooth tranquillity and sincere friendship. thank you Amanda, Dawn and Carol

Dawn

'Amanda-Louise is a wonderful person, who helped us say good bye to our Dad in a personalised and positive way, for which we will be forever grateful.'

Anna Lienka

"I used Amanda-Louise Funeral Services for the funeral of my husband, & I'm so pleased that I did. What an amazing lady she is. From the very first phone call right up until after the funeral, her care for me & my family was wonderful. So much love & compassion was shown to all of us. The service & everything connected to this, was of the highest standard. I highly recommend her services." Linda Baker (Small Cars, Big Hearts)

Linda Baker

'Amanda-Louise is an amazing positive and kind lady who has gone above and beyond my expectations of a funeral director. Particularly as my husband chose a direct cremation (unattended) yet I was able to have a local, personalised cremation, with me making my own floral tribute along with other personalised touches, that I don't believe a large organisation (TV advertised) would be able to do for you . She gave me a lot of time, care and attention to detail, with practical and emotional support as well. I would highly recommend this caring respectful and professional funeral service.'

Carol Coutts

Thank you Amanda for looking after my close friend and her partner’s funeral. You were so professional, caring and lovely from the moment we spoke on the phone to the day of the funeral. I knew they were in safe hands with you. Everything you did was what they wished for. We can not thank you enough. Sharon (Admin) Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors

Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors

What a wonder lady, Amanda-louise was excellent at creating just the right service for my dear fathers funeral. She is sensitive, adaptable and has a lovely sense of humour. You will not regret using her. Sue x”

Sue Babey

'I’ve met Amanda on two occasions two years in a row now for both my grandparents funeral. I can say our family felt in such great hands and so looked after by Amanda. She listened to what we’d like as a family as well as taking the time to get to know our loved ones we were saying goodbye to! Our family is forever grateful for her services and are so thankful to her.'

Abi Wong

'Finding a funeral director is not something I’ve ever wanted to do because the death of a loved one becomes VERY real. I searched around my local area and all I could see were ‘traditional’ websites with not a lot on them. Owning a website myself, I know how important it is to give as much detail as possible..Amanda-Louise has absolutely done this. Her website is welcoming and full of information. My initial in-person meeting with her was fantastic! Amanda-Louise made me feel so comfortable and her office is very calming and not ‘traditional’ in any way which I think is a great credit to her and her business. From beginning to the sad end, (and beyond!) Amanda-Louise has been with myself and my family through the whole process and no question or suggestion is any trouble. She goes above and beyond for her clients and I’m so incredibly happy we chose her to arrange everything. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else and although I don’t want to think about another death in my family..Amanda-Louise will be my ‘go to’ for any I will need in the future ❤️'

Calley Owen

"Using Amanda Louise for our father's funeral arrangements has been a seamless stressless procedure. Amanda Louise from the very first meeting when I popped into her establishment in Minehead was warm, welcoming and kind at a really difficult time in our lives. After a cup of tea and biscuits plans were made for our father to have a simple cremation but Amanda Louise reassured us that our father would be treated with the utmost respect and kindness from being collected from Minehead hospital where he passed away at 92 after a short illness to being taken to Taunton crematorium for his little service where his favourite music was played and a little bunch of roses from our garden were placed on his coffin all overseen personally by Amanda Louise and her kind assistant. I cannot praise this business enough where at all times we were gently guided throughout the difficult time of saying goodbye to our loved one. More tea and biscuits are on offer if we need a kind shoulder to lean on with the care and compassion that Amanda Louise and her team offer going into the future. Thank you so much Amanda Louise xxx"

Iris Larbey

‘A friend recommended Amanda-Louise…at my mother’s funeral. Like most people in my position, I found the prospect of organising not only a funeral but my own mother’s funeral during Covid19 times. But Amanda-Louise was absolutely amazing. She was so caring, compassionate, understanding and most of all friendly. She listened intently to the type of funeral service we required (I didn’t know there were so many options), made notes, asked questions to get to know not only us but my mother too – consequently offered suggestions. The result was amazing if you could say a funeral was perfect – this was genuinely it. I can’t put into words how grateful I am to Amanda – Louise’s professional and compassionate approach to a very emotional event. Whatever the event if I could employ Amanda-Louise again I would have no hesitation whatsoever.’

Julie

‘I wanted to say how lovely the service was. I loved what you said, and it was just right for Dad. You were so professional, considerate, and caring and both me and Mum felt looked after.’

Heather H

‘You have been so helpful during this whole process and I would recommend you and your services to everyone’

Lynn M

'Amanda Louise helped with all the practical details of organising my father's funeral. She really listened to what we wanted and helped us design a service that was a personal reflection of his personality and his relationships. She mixes great organisational skills, getting things done behind the scenes, with practical and emotional support. Amanda-Louise ensured everything ran smoothly and was always available for questions and support and her role of celebrant on the day played a big part in making the service something to reflect on with pride and fondness.'

Amanda M

‘I cannot praise Amanda enough. Clearly professional in her role she brought direction and comfort in equal measure, and yes, some humour to a very special Celebration of Life. A separate session with the young children attending gave them a role in the proceedings and an understanding of the meaning of the meeting. I recommend her services for any celebration, happy or sad.’

Dudley P

'Amanda had the difficult job of creating a beautiful ceremony that brought together many different parts of our lost loved one’s life. She rung up and spoke to each sibling to get stories and details needed for the ceremony. I never felt more at ease knowing she was here for the funeral. What she came up with was beautiful and she treated my dad with the utmost respect and honour. She made a bad day manageable, and it was simply beautiful.'

Mrs P Potts

Thank you for your pack with Dad's service details. It was presented brilliantly and was great to read over. Thank you again for your touch on things. Unfortunately, you are someone I hope not to see again in the near future, but if I do, I know the ceremony is in the best of hands’

Dean W

"I selected Amanda-Louise because I wanted someone that could provide a funeral service tailored to the requirements that my family had in mind. Experience has shown that Amanda-Louise has certain delivered everything that we asked for and has been extremely supportive at time that has been difficult for us. I would highly recommend Amanda-Louise." Adrian Naude

Adrian Naude

I'm so glad we met you Amanda, we all talk about how smoothly it flowed. I think your right Dad would of been proud of us all. Thank you for your services, Ian :)

Ian Mitcham

'At a time when as a family we were in the depths of sorrow at our loss Amanda - Louise arrived. It was as if the weight of trying to make sure that my husband’s life was remembered and honoured was completely understood by Amanda and we all relaxed. Our memories were brought to life in the service and I found it such a comfort. We all felt totally safe opening our hearts to her and were so impressed in the skills she has and empathy she has to understand how we all felt.'

Claire W

Dear Amanda, just a note to say a huge thank you for all your support and the wonderful service you conducted in honour of my Mum. I cant think of anyone better to conduct the service and Im so proud to call you my trusted friend, along with knowing it was Mum's choice to have you here today - she knew what you had supported with me in the past, and knows you always give sound advice. Thank you once again for everything, love Sharon x

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